Tua Tagovailoa’s comment after the national championship game about Alabama having no beaches resonated on the gulf coast. The folks with Gulf Shores and Orange Beach Tourism heard it and hope to fill him in on what the southern part of the state has to offer. They even sent a tweet to Tagovailoa encouraging him to come down for a visit.
Tide Nation was on top of the world Monday night, January 8, 2018. After a tremendous come-back performance, true freshman quarterback, Tua Tagovailoa was all smiles on the field and in his post-game interviews. His comment came when asked about his transition from life in his home state of Hawaii to Alabama. Folks here who heard his comments about Alabama having no beaches are taking no offense.
“Well, Tua’s only a freshman so we’re going to forgive him for that, but when he’s here a little longer, he’s going to realize what a beautiful beach we have right here in Gulf Shores,” said Gulf Shores resident, Jim Geary.
“Obviously he’s been so busy playing football that he hasn’t had time to get down here and enjoy Gulf Shores, Alabama,” said Nelson Leeman.
Officials at Gulf Shores and Orange Beach Tourism viewed the comment as a chance to reach out to Tagovailoa. There was some initial shock and surprise, but they too understand how our beaches weren’t on his radar.
“Tua’’s only been here since probably the summer and he’s been focused on school and football and national championships and we just want to let him know that we do have beaches and we have beautiful beaches,” said Kay Maghan with Gulf Shores and Orange Beach Tourism.
Maghan did that by sending a tweet from her personal twitter account Tuesday morning. The tweet said, “Hey, Tua. Come celebrate that stellar #NationalChampionship win down here on Alabama’s beaches!!”
Maghan thinks if Tagovailoa comes down for a visit, he’ll likely be hooked and want to come back.
“I do believe so because we have testimony from visitors from the first time they’ve ever been down here and they were absolutely blown away at the beaches that we have,” explained Maghan.
More and more people are coming to Alabama’s beaches every year. Tourism officials said they’ve seen record numbers every year since the 2010 oil spill.
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