you need 10,000 hours of practice to reach your full potential in anything you do "http://www.victorantonio.com/malcolm_gladwell_10000_hour_rule" . if your able to surf 8 hours a week it would take you 12 years to get around 5000 hours .that would qualify you as an intermediate .Intermediate means "occurring between two extremes, or in the middle of a range". It comes from the Latin word 'intermedia' which literally means 'among the middle.
Why even mention this simply for the fact that people claiming to be anything more then a beginner prior to 3 years of experience are damaging the sanctity of surfing and making a mockery of people who have dedicated countless hours to surfing in ****ty conditions just so they can be ready for the few days its clean and head high..
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May 28, 2012, 04:15 AM #1
i have been surfing for 2 years and i am intermediate level..... NO . NO your NOT
May 28, 2012, 04:32 AM #2
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I like you man I was thinking the same thing earlier, its not even just starting surfing either. I began bodyboarding/bodysurfing/skimming/skating/snowboarding all at the same time when I was 8, then I began surfing in HS. The countless hours Ive spent on boards and in the water is what has brought my level of surfing up and I am now 21. Thats 13 years of "experience" and 7 years of surfing religiously. Id say Im intermediate level surfing, maybe just above (turns, blow tails, maybe an air if lucky). I feel you 100%, what does everyone else think?
May 28, 2012, 04:45 AM #3
If you can ride the white water on a foamy your an intermediate haha
35 years in the water and I would consider myself intermediate. On my good days maybe a bit above but generally intermediate. That said I have seen some guys who after surfing for 4 years are well above average and well on their way to advanced. Some people are just naturals and some have to really work at it. I fall into the latter group.
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May 28, 2012, 05:52 AM #5
10,000 hour rule is complete BS. It works for a few people who do not have "the gift." Think Brett Simpson.
Generally people reach their natural ability quicker than 10,000 hours, then they hit a wall and only progress marginally compared to the time spent progressing--this applies to most activities that require skill.
Me? I've got about 25 years surfing but have been intermediate/advanced (depending on how you want to define it) at least the past 15 years. However, I was always faster than most swimming for almost the entire time I did it competitively from the ages of 6-20. I didn't train half as hard as a lot of my competitors and still got consistently better results.
May 28, 2012, 11:39 AM #6Senior Member
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May 28, 2012, 01:15 PM #7
I thought the same thing... two years...intermediate? The claim seems suspect. For the sake of argument if you put every surfer in the world on a scale of 1 (the newbie) to 10 (ASP or top video pros) then halfway between the two extremes is a lot more than just the basic paddling into wave and doing turns. Just a thought but...
Some people are just naturals ad some have to really work at it. I fall into the latter group.
May 28, 2012, 01:45 PM #8Member
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10,000 hours? How many people get that surfing? Surfing is not like golf or basketball where the course is there most every day. I think it has more to do with where you live.
May 28, 2012, 02:19 PM #9
May 28, 2012, 04:16 PM #10Senior Member
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10,000 hours of shotty practice is no good. It's gotta be 10,000 hrs of good practice. Practice doesn't make perfect. Perfect practice makes perfect.