2 October, 2013 2 October, 2013

Parko-Gate Continues: Dooma and Snake get booted from Quik Pro commentary booth


Both Jake ‘the Snake’ Patterson and former Kommetjie homeboy, Damien ‘Dooma’ Fahrenfort, have been booted from the commentary booth at the Quiksilver Pro France.

ASP tour manager Renato Hickel informed the duo that their commentary services were no longer required, after the controversial Joel Parkinson / Marc Lacomare heat.

Dooma and Snake were jokingly betting beers on the outcome of the heat, suggesting that the judges would give the nod to Parko during the closing moments of the controversial Round 2 match-up thanks to “world title bonus points”.

Hickel called Jake and Dooma’s commentary “a stain on a great webcast”.

See more on STAB here.


  1. Bronson
    2 October, 2013 at 12:25 pm · Reply

    I remember this and didn’t make much of it at the time, but it’s absolutely right… one cannot undermine the judges at the event.

    • Sunova Surfboards Australasia
      4 October, 2013 at 8:47 am · Reply

      that means you missed the nuances then,and you are still missing them

      • Bronson
        4 October, 2013 at 10:26 am · Reply

        Don’t get me wrong – I thoroughly enjoyed the commentary… especially with the pulsing swell which left a flat spells that needing filling in.

        • Sunova Surfboards Australasia
          10 October, 2013 at 6:40 am · Reply

          yeah good commentary,& everyone questions the judging,taylor know was giving to them yesteday.cheers

  2. Random
    2 October, 2013 at 12:42 pm · Reply

    Bronson, you r wrong bru.. Commentators are there to service the audience and should call it as it is, irrespective of the ref, or in this case, judges decision. Hats off to Dooma and Snake for keeping it real.

  3. Scott
    2 October, 2013 at 1:26 pm · Reply

    Since when do commentators get the boot for “undermining the judges”, rugby commentators say way worse about the refs when they make the wrong calls, and I don’t see them getting fired. The ASP has their fingers too deep in the media side of things. There should be a independent media reporting company or something that can say what needs to be said and speak for the masses and keep shit down to earth for the viewers and not be so corporate and iron fist about the sport. That Hickle dingleberry or what ever his name is sounds like a childish spoiled kid. He should be fired.

  4. Judges need a spanking
    2 October, 2013 at 3:50 pm · Reply

    Judges screwed up – so what do you do ………boot the commentators for telling the truth …..messed up in the head Mr Hickle .

    • Sunova Surfboards Australasia
      4 October, 2013 at 8:45 am · Reply

      just like quik fired their guy for commenting on stephs roxy video..feeble minded idiots freaking out about everything

  5. Wanggkerr
    2 October, 2013 at 9:09 pm · Reply

    Gutted to say the least ……loved their banter

  6. Wanggkerr
    2 October, 2013 at 9:12 pm · Reply

    Gutted ….is this the end ….as we know it …..

  7. Hadyn
    3 October, 2013 at 11:26 am · Reply

    So funny that Martin Potter said “the judges got it absolutely spot on” about 100 times today when chatting with Peter Mel about yesterday’s scores. Guess who doesn’t want to get fired just before Christmas??

  8. Drew-mister
    4 October, 2013 at 8:23 am · Reply

    When the ocean goes flat on a heat then the webcast effectively
    becomes a radio presentation of two dudes talking sh.t and entertaining
    the web audience, thankyou very much Dooma and Jake – your good at it.

    Nothing much to watch, so lets hear some camaraderie so to speak…amen to that!

    When the ocean is firing and surfers are performing then i wanta hear hoots
    and hollers with energy and surfing stoke from the two respected and
    credible dudes presenting, certainly not flat mono tone bulls..t of some
    – what radio presenter is like that i ask…very few?

    Perhaps they can throw a bit of cool knowledge in there and so on, insider stuff, words of wisdom and so on…

    This is exactly what Dooma and Jake were doing – So when Dooma and Jake had an opinion – and a very fair one on something controversial, ASP has them fired with Quik licking face……its complete kak man…

    ….and the ASP wants to increase its audience…!?!@ ….tits man….ASP you
    are alienating your core audience… your bread and butter… and failing at
    gaining new fans all the while.

    Bring on the rebel tour.

  9. Sunova Surfboards Australasia
    4 October, 2013 at 8:47 am · Reply

    how’s the medis blackout?what a scam

  10. fastboxer
    5 October, 2013 at 5:17 pm · Reply

    Sorry to hear about Snake as he does a good job. Dooma is worthless and needed to get the boot anyway. Hats off to Rosie who has vastly improved. Shaun the prawn looks great for near 60.

  11. Scott Nakachi
    26 October, 2013 at 1:57 pm · Reply

    This is why I stopped watching the webcasts since the Trestles event. The ASP judging is ridonculously inconsistent.

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