Your brotherly/fatherly instincts have blinded you all.
Even so, if you have to ask 'is it worth it?,' the answer is no. We're not talking about necessary choices in experimental medical therapy here... if you want to surf, see where it takes you. If you don't, you can still put on a wetsuit and rollerblade on the boardwalk in the rain. Just stay out of the bike lane. Locals only ya f'n grommet!
The odds of a HS football player making it to the NFL are .09. That means that for every 10,000 HS kids who play football 9 make it to the show. Most of them probably started in Pop Warner, played through MS and JrH, went to clinics and camps in the summer, lifted weights every chance they got, roided through HS and lived, breathed and slept football from the time they were old enough to walk. There are almost 1,700 players in the NFL, 53 men per roster on 32 teams.
If you started playing football on your HS team this season, do you think you could go pro? How about making it to college on an NCAA scholarship?
There are only 34 men on the WCT and 734 men currently ranked by the ASP. There are an estimated 23,000,000 surfers in the world. This kid is 6 years old and already competing:
I'm not saying that you can't do it, almost anything can be done; but the odds aren't in your favor. Personally I'd say, don't worry about it, just go surf.
Never tell me the odds. - Han Solo
The earlier the better, which applies with pretty much everything, except maybe slinging back 5th's of Jack Daniels.
No you wont because you'd rather be on forums asking ridiculous questions instead of surfing or training. Dont think, just do. If your getting into surfing because you want to get something out of it, then your in it for the wrong reason. You will NEVER go far in surfing(or anything else) because you have an ulterior motive. You will always be frustrated because you will always be worried about being good enough or rad enough. You will be too clouded by thinking about who is watching you (did any one see me ripping) and whether you are just as good or better than some one else. Forget about all that BS entirely and just enjoy the purity of the fun. You never know what might happen
Pro? Not likely. Back in the day? Sure. When I first started surfing in the early 90s flow a solid cutty and a reentry would still get you respect. Heck just riding a log with mediocre talent made you stand out in the line up 'cuz no one rode them. However, nowdays surfing is progressing at such a rapid pace. Kids a third of my age can pull alley-oops on command at an age when I was trying to master floaters.
Best to not worry about these things though. Amp off other people's surfing. Let it push you to be the best you can in a positive way.
I remember this guy who moved down here from Ohio at age 17. In 2 years he surfed better than most. In four years, at age 21 he was doing 3 backhand 360s on on wave and winning all the contests he surfed in. Then he started missing heats due to drugs, and OD'd in Huntington Beach before he hit 30. Moral of the story: Don't take up surfing. It will ruin your life. I know.
Forget any attentiveness to technique whatsoever...JUST GO SURF.
Same for you cubicle prisoners, forget the ins and outs of TPS report compilation...JUST MAKE CHEDDAR.
Anyone who's ever achieved any level of greatness in anything in world history has attended to zero rhyme to their reason. They go out and JUST DO IT.
Brought to you by Nike, the people responsible for Julian's alley that he went out and JUST DID. There's no way he, at any point, worked on his technique or athletic conditioning or explosiveness. HE JUST SURFED. He also would never have considered the ludicrous notion of aspirations of high achievement if he started surfing any older than 18 months. Just would never happen.
Have you even bought a GoPro yet?
"Surfing since “before I can remember”, Julian is the youngest member of a fanatical surfing family. His dad Mick, mum Nola and brothers Bart and Seb, all surf.
A prodigious junior talent, Julian took home national titles in both long and shortboard divisions before diving right into the shortboard scene in his mid teens."
Don't worry E coli, I'm sure that after you've been surfing for a whole year, you'll be getting a personal invite to the Triple Crown. After all, you're an Alpha.