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    Quote Originally Posted by thisguysthumbs View Post
    "No, I don't. Ya' wanna know why because I was somewhere else surfing on board of my own design and shaping and getting fat shacks for days."
    Great post overall, but love this line

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    it started way before Kelly. I remember hearing this exact same rant when I started in 1980.

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    Quote Originally Posted by thisguysthumbs View Post
    Maybe if I didn't feel so pressured to be cool every time I walked into the local surf shop, or get stink eye from the young grom who doesn't know a thing beyond what he reads in the mags and who certainly has no concept of me and all the glorious places I've traveled in the name of our sport, maybe, just maybe I'd care about Nike's infiltration into the market. Look who they signed, Hawaiians, the so called protectors of Aloha and the lineage of the sport. Go drive around the North Shore with the giant SUV's and the 'Keep the Country, Country' stickers. What an oxymoron?

    This whole sport has been long taken over my the money grubbing vultures. That all started when Kelly grabbed the first 6-figure contract. Even for all the little pesky wannabe pros and all that, there's a perpetuation of the Hollywood desire to somehow be famous. For everyone being so against its getting corporatized, there sure a lot of folks out there trying to figure out how to make money from surfing from being the next independent to that soul sucking sucker looking for a sponsor. Its all the disease.

    Even the independent shop owners are whiners. They only want to keep things local so one, they can continue doing what not everyone has the opportunity to do, and to also, continue the spread of localism.

    I hope Nike wipes the whole industry clean of all the local B.S., then that way while all the suckers are down there at pipe, I can go cruise Chuns or Pinballs by myself.

    Everyone who finds out that I surf is always asking, "did you go to this contest, that event, this party? Did you see so and so, do you know who so and so is?"

    "No, I don't. Ya' wanna know why because I was somewhere else surfing on board of my own design and shaping and getting fat shacks for days."

    I've made a lot of sacrifice to make my surf life happen, and except for a very brief stint with Hawaiian Tropic, I've never had a sponsor. I don't care, didn't care back when I was learning either. The best part of surfing is actually surfing, so if I'm not doing it where's the fun? Its certainly not at my local surf shop.

    They say the goddess Pele forsook Hawaii because they lost their Aloha, and as punishment she escorted the Haoles in. I think the big corporate take over of surf and skate is punishment for all the perpetuation of localism that, at its core, is the biggest problem with this sport, not Nike, Target, or Red Bull.

    Ya'll just scared that your going to have to share the waves with a bunch of kooks, but if you were a real soul surfer, kooks wouldn't bother you any more than ravaging locals bother me. So rather than surf the showoff break, I go to the next one down and rip it up all by myself, all day long.

    Leave your go pro camera at home, get somewhere where there is no cell signal, and enjoy the ocean for the sake of the ocean, not because someone might see you and think your cool.

    Loaded two big ole' shakas for you.

    Aloha
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    Good Post.

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    MR was the first millionaire pro surfer after 4 world titles. Then he won one more after that, and then the Grandmasters after that... That's a total of 6 world titles.

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    Quote Originally Posted by thisguysthumbs View Post
    ...Go drive around the North Shore with the giant SUV's and the 'Keep the Country, Country' stickers. What an oxymoron?
    Yarp, couldn't agree more, I do find it hilarious though.

    Quote Originally Posted by thisguysthumbs View Post
    ...Even the independent shop owners are whiners. They only want to keep things local so one, they can continue doing what not everyone has the opportunity to do, and to also, continue the spread of localism...
    You lost me on this one. I personally know two guys who own surf shops and am an acquaintance of one or two more through friends and family. One of these guys is a shaper too, his shop is 50% his own boards. Both their wives cook the books and when the kids aren't surfing or at school, they're jockeying the registers. Both shops predominately stock local shapers, one’s in Corpus and the other’s in Encinitas; both of which I call home. If it weren’t for tourists, both those shops would be out of business, so they welcome non-locals with open arms and registers. Without non-locals both these shops would close. Small and medium size businesses (less than 250 employees) are the largest employers in the country. Without them our economy wouldn’t keep chugging along and I’ll take a broken form of capitalism over communism any day of the week. I’d like it if it wasn’t broken; but hey if wishes were fishes, my fishing pole would get more action. I choose to support local shops whenever I can because, A) The tax revenue they generate pays for my kids' education here in Cali B) Putting money into the local economy really is a good thing. When I’m the tourist, I love hitting up small businesses; T-Shirts and rash guards for everybody. Crap like that, with the local shop name and logo printed on it, is a huge profit margin for little shops like that. Change starts locally man. Act locally and think globally really can be more than cliché. Just as an example, when was the last time you went to a break other than your own just to pick up garbage? I have to admit, I never have; but I hit up just about every clean-up day at which ever break I call home this decade. I don’t expect a tourist to do that, they’re there for a good time and picking up somebody else’s cr@p ain’t one of those.

    Quote Originally Posted by thisguysthumbs View Post
    ...I hope Nike wipes the whole industry clean of all the local B.S...
    Call me a doubter, I seriously doubt Phil Knight is gonna improve surf culture. I’ve got this feeling that all he and the board care about is the quarterly earnings report

    Quote Originally Posted by thisguysthumbs View Post
    ..."No, I don't. Ya' wanna know why because I was somewhere else surfing on board of my own design and shaping and getting fat shacks for days."...
    Ditto bro, I still have trouble understanding how one competes at surfing, maybe I’ll get it someday. Went and picked up a blank for my new fall board last weekend. Haven’t spent any time in the green room (and I’m Jonesin’) since I was out in front of Seau’s in April and it was breaking decent (has it really been that long?), d@mn summer surf; but a surf trip ain’t in the cards this year.

    Quote Originally Posted by thisguysthumbs View Post
    ...Leave your go pro camera at home, get somewhere where there is no cell signal, and enjoy the ocean for the sake of the ocean, not because someone might see you and think your cool.

    Loaded two big ole' shakas for you.

    Aloha
    Right back at you and m’halo for a good post. Stay wet.

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    F nike! care nothing about surfing (or skating) only in it for the $$$$.

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    Quote Originally Posted by santiago58 View Post
    F nike! care nothing about surfing (or skating) only in it for the $$$$.
    Duh, name one company that ISN'T in it for the money.

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    Quote Originally Posted by scotty View Post
    I'm genuinely interested to hear your thoughts on consumers buying retail products from non-local sources (internet) in roughly the same proportion as local surf shops buy their surfboards (since this is one of the few - but not the only - products they carry where excellent local sourcing is possible) so we can assess the shop's committment to the local boardbuilding economy.
    i'd love to answer, but i'm not exactly sure what you're asking.

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    Oh my god... get over it. Surfing is a sport, and its athletes need contracts. How about hurley selling 100 dollar boardshorts? Or 40 dollar trac pads? Its all business, and all you people thinking "oh PROTEST, YES IM GONNA SHOP AT MY LOCAL SURF SHOP CUZ DEY R RAD AND GIVE ME LYKE 10 PERCENT OFF.. IM LOCAL!" are just stuck in the loop, get over it. Surfings a sport, and theres business involved. Suck it up.
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    Quote Originally Posted by njsurfer42 View Post
    i'd love to answer, but i'm not exactly sure what you're asking.
    not sure myself now. Something to do with why people SO frequently get taken to task about not supporting local shops, but rarely point out how bad a track record shops these days have in supporting local shapers. 20 years ago, east coast boards made up a much larger percentage of the typical shop's board rack than nowadays. One could argue shops bailed on supporting local before consumers did. I guess I wasn't really asking anything, except I know you work in a shop, and might have a different POV.