Shocking! Riptide Embroiled In Plagerism Scandal.

Shocking! Riptide Embroiled In Plagerism Scandal.

Imitation, they say, is the sincerest form of flattery, and as such your author is feeling very much flattered on this auspicious day.

It’s a tough old world out there in surf media landscape these days. Gone are the heady days of magazine yor when editors and writers were paid a living wage by publishers who grew fat on the dollars charged to companies to advertise their wares within said magazine pages.

Today, with companies able to reach their intended consumers directly through the power of social media, the pay rate for writing about surf ranges from $0 to not alot more.

By now you will be aware that Infoamed is a labour of love, brought to you free of charge with no expectations of financial gain or success. Your author does however sometimes find a little financial recompense when submitting the occasional article to the swell forecasting cum surf camera cum surf forums cum surf journalism hosting website Swellnet.

It is here, on the 26th of April in year of our Lord 2022, that an article pen by your author was published on Swellnet entitled ” The Cut and Thrust of Swimfins“. The article was designed to dovetail in with other articles Swellnet had published on various surfboard fin set ups like thrusters and twin fins, detailing their early histories and cultural significance within the surf world.

Much of the information in the early part of the article focusing on the early development of swim fins was gleaned from various historical websites. Additionally many Bodysurfing focused webpages also had excellent information on the early development of swim fins, and the story of the role of Owen Churchill was repeated in a many a various form, which was again paraphrased and retold in the authors Swellnet article.

The proverbial shizza hits the proverbial fan however with the publishing of an article imaginatively entitled ” Makapua Churchill Fins” in Riptides premium content section on the 26th of December 2022.

While it is possible to imagine that both articles drew from the same historical and Bodysurfing websites above when examining the early history of Fins, both articles prose do bear a striking resemblances to each other.

Swellnet.
Riptide.

The same spooky coincidence of language use occurs again when discussing the similarities between a traditional surfboard fin developed by George Greenough and the shape of a Makapua Churchill Swim fin.

Swellnet.
Riptide.

Who knows, perhaps lightning and language arrangement just randomly struck twice?

The real kicker however comes later in the Riptide article when your author’s own thoughts and insights are once again repeated verbatim.

Swellnet.
Riptide.

The summary to both articles?

Swellnet.
Riptide.

Now, there may be many explainations as to why both articles, one published for free in April on a widely trafficked website, and one published just last week, hidden behind a ” Premium” paywall are almost exactly the same article.

Perhaps both authors just happened to have almost exactly the same information, thoughts and insights on a subject a few months apart.

Perhaps the multiverse theory is in play somehow.

Perhaps it’s all just a crazy coincidence.

Or perhaps, when offering exclusive premium content for a fee but bereft of original content, plagerism seemed like a good option.

No all this would just be a little side giggle, if not for the fact that this is the second time this has happened.

With the launch of Riptide cinema a few months ago, many videographers, including the legendary Tom Boyle, were caught unaware that their films were being offered up to watch for a price.

Come on boys, you can do better than this.

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