Much of it is because the family wants control. Some of what I’ve read suggests that there’s always a political battle over ‘control’ making it impossible for organized, planned, production that is well funded. Mother Nature plays a part in the mayhem too.That coverage was horrible. Grainy video and the announcers had no idea who was who. I watched for 30 minutes and they were calling a wave for Kelly Slater when everybody watching on tv could see the guy was not Slater. After a few minutes, they finally realized it was not him. Found out later that Slater was not even in that heat. They also kept mentioning Jamie O'brien in a heat and found out later that he wasn't surfing either. Hard to believe with all of the technology available today that they could put out a product so unwatchable.
That said, those surfers are incredible. I hope they do these men and women justice the next time the run the event