I held off on listening to a Surf Splendor podcasts for awhile because I (unfairly) assumed they were specifically focused on competitive surfing and that’s not my bag. Gave another try eventually and have since come to appreciate the analysis and now have more appreciation for pro surfing as a result. WSL should appreciate these podcasts since, if my experience is indicative of anything, they get a lot more out of it than Surf Splendor does.
That said, I think core surfers do care about 1) Pipe Masters and 2) Having a world champ. WSL is just a means to these ends.