hey everyone, i was wondering what everyone thought are some key tricks to be able to do to compete in nj area. Im 14 years old and was wondering what should be expected at a competition, i have never competed before but was wondering, thanks everyone,
I can't speak from personal experience but I would think that a lot of the groms your age that are competing would be pretty comfortable throwing air reverses and blasting the fins free. I'm sure it depends on the comp, but I see a lot of kids down in NC absolutely killing it. There's definitely a lot more progressive tricks like that in comps these days, but if you have a solid style and can throw some mean hacks I'd say give it a go. Check out the local events in NJ and go watch some before you enter one and you'll have a good idea of what to expect.
Not to make this a "tricks vs power" debate, but if you plan on surfing competitively past the local contest scene, you better learn to bury a rail, too. Keep in mind that comps are held in whatever conditions happen to be, so being versatile and surfing according to conditions is good. It could be big, sloppy, small, clean... so get comfortable in all conditions and look for pockets of power.
Would it be safe to say... Airs win heats, but hacks and barrels win contests? Anybody ever score a perfect 10 on an air reverse?