July Issue Retraction

In the July issue of SURFER, we misrepresented a situation in the "This Month in Surf" article on Page 48. We said that both Christian and Nathan Fletcher presented the award and that "they" made an off-the-cuff comment about the winner, when in fact it was just Christian who made the offensive comment. Nathan did not make any of the said remarks. SURFER regrets its mistake and we would like to offer our apologies. This is what Christian said when presenting the award to Sebastian Steudtner at the Billabong XXL Awards: "The f—king German that can't paddle won the award. Sebastian something-or-other. He can't even f—king paddle. Hitler's illegitimate step-child, here's Sebastian."