Surfing is growing exponentially. The crowds can and will get much worse. There were 25 heads out at Hammels in RB last swell. 5 years ago it would have been empty there for the past 4 months. It can and will get much more crowded, it's just the nature of the beast. Knowledge and fitness will always pay off though so as the crowds get worse you'll just have to look/work harder.
interesting. i was thinking that adding more bodies to an already crowded summer lineup wouldn't seem so bad. you know, what's 25 more bodies added to a lineup of 100? but i see what you mean about winter waves where 15-20 people can seem like A LOT when you're used to it being empty. (i was out yesterday morning alone for about 20 minutes before 10 people showed up in ice storm within an hour so i see what you mean.)
still, i don't think this contest is going to blow up our spots too hard. most people who would surf, already do and if it does bring in some new people, they won't be competing for set waves for a couple years at least so it shouldn't be too bad.
if anything maybe some longboarders decide they want to be like jordy and start riding potato chips and catch less waves...
considering i have watched the unsound pro every year, they never have scored. a few days before and a few days after the contest a few times there were good waves, but that contest is a long way off from the wct. love to see the pros come but seriously there are a million better spots then lb for them. either way im gonna surf in the trials.....
this is deffinantely an honor, but i think some of you are right about the waters getting crowded. i remember when i first started surfing and when five surfers out i thought it was a lot.... but im deffinately going to try to migrate down from mass for this event... its gonna be sick if they score
aside from this possibly increasing crowds out here, the chances that they will score good waves.... heck any waves is on the low side.
We got waves here for sure, and I feel like its def. gotten better over the last few years for whatever reason.... I mean I surfed on some kind of wave practically every week from july to november (didnt have a winter suit yet) this year and that hasnt always been the case looking back a lifetime out in rockaway beach.
So, Im somewhat optimistic that we'll have some kind of surf during thier window here.
But I will def. not be surprised if they get no waves for the event.
Either way, the cats out of the bag for liesure manhattan-ites that read something about surf in the nytimes and want to give it a go.
tiny chopes it was... was pretty lame so yeah comparing it is fair.. consistency/size/shape/power etc etc. they aren't in the same universe.. but like i said chest high chopes was lame with barely a barrel