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    Standing a chance in the sj ESA competitions

    Hey guys I can get up, stand, pump and ride a board perfectly fine in mostly all conditions sj throws at us, but I can't snap or throw buckets or cutbacks. I can occasionally buy they never look so good. I was wondering if there is any chance of me even placing in one of there competitions? I'm 14 but I'm 6'3 and I just feel like I'm going to get my ass whooped by a bunch of 12 year olds that surf great. What do you think I should do?

  2. Surf!! that's what i think you should do. do it for yourself, who cares about the rest of 'em. if you want to enter the comp, do it for yourself. if you place, great. if you don't, it really doesn't matter either way.

    the question you are asking, is not much different than a lot of the questions we have to ask ourselves in life... whatever it is that you decide to do, make sure you are doing it for yourself. if it's what you really want, and you are not hurting anyone else along the way, then by all means go for it!

    competition isn't for everyone. there's a good chance that you are going to get smoked. but guess what? in the scheme of things, it's an amateur contest. you might make some new surfing buddies, you might get smoked, you may even advance into the next heat. either way, it doesn't really matter. why? it's only an amateur competition. it's not like your life depends on whatever result you get.

    do whatever it is that "you" want to do. no one else's opinion really matters.

  3. oh by the way... if it's flirting with 23 feet while you're at the comp, it's probably best to let the ShredMachine do her thing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by johnnydon'tsurf View Post
    Surf!! that's what i think you should do. do it for yourself, who cares about the rest of 'em. if you want to enter the comp, do it for yourself. if you place, great. if you don't, it really doesn't matter either way.

    the question you are asking, is not much different than a lot of the questions we have to ask ourselves in life... whatever it is that you decide to do, make sure you are doing it for yourself. if it's what you really want, and you are not hurting anyone else along the way, then by all means go for it!

    competition isn't for everyone. there's a good chance that you are going to get smoked. but guess what? in the scheme of things, it's an amateur contest. you might make some new surfing buddies, you might get smoked, you may even advance into the next heat. either way, it doesn't really matter. why? it's only an amateur competition. it's not like your life depends on whatever result you get.

    do whatever it is that "you" want to do. no one else's opinion really matters.
    This is great advice.

    Zman, before we can win we have to learn how to lose. Stepping up on the stage of competition is a platform that behooves us to gain more and more experience with. Preparation plus opportunity equals success. If you do everything within your power to achieve a goal, you can be emotionally free of the outcome. The fact that you have a will to compete is a great thing. You'll only grow from this. Enter that comp, look forward to that day like its your damn birthday, treat that heat as if it's eternal and never going to end because there's no other place you'd rather be, and you'll be quite pleased with the result. If you wipeout and eat $hit, that's one less time you'll fail out there in the world when it really matters.

    Looking forward to hearing how you do, and more importantly, how much fun you have preparing and then during the event itself.

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    Thanks guys, thats what I needed to hear

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    Quote Originally Posted by Zman9398 View Post
    Hey guys I can get up, stand, pump and ride a board perfectly fine in mostly all conditions sj throws at us, but I can't snap or throw buckets or cutbacks. I can occasionally buy they never look so good. I was wondering if there is any chance of me even placing in one of there competitions? I'm 14 but I'm 6'3 and I just feel like I'm going to get my ass whooped by a bunch of 12 year olds that surf great. What do you think I should do?
    you can't be the world surfing champion with a wishy washy attitude like this...

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    I know this might fall on deaf ears knowing how I was at 14; but there is a great, and funny, book out there called a "Kooks Guide to Surfing" by Jason Borte. Besides highlighting the kookiness out there he has a nice section on competition that both Johnny and Spicoli channeled that basically says Competition's help you learn, meet more people in the surf family, and challenge yourself to see what you can do. He also gives some practical insight on how to compete (know the rules) and how to win not just on skill (if you wait for that perfect wave all heat and it never comes you score a 0; but if you get up and ride you get points).

    It's a pretty good book that I give to my buddies each year when they think of taking up surfing in a "don't be that guy" on the break.

    My girls, though half your age, will be in their second competition this year. They don't go to win but to have fun; but its funny that when no competitions are on they are always asking to go surfing so they can "be better" next year.

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    Alot of good advice,Just go out there and give it your best and have fun.If you get waxed so what.Sounds like you will regret it if you don't try.Maybe you even come in last.If you do,your next comps make your goals to keep trying to improve where you place.Your only 14 little bro.The world is your oyster.Go get it.

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    Thanks guys. I'm gonna enter right now.

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    you're too big for competition, especially on the east coast. smaller more compact surfers have a distinct advantage and if the esa still runs the way i remember it, they go no matter what so be prepared to bob around in crap surf while kids half your size flop around and 'outscore' you on every wave. seriously, nothing says kook like a bunch of wannabe slaters sitting around in meager surf wearing a jersey on a saturday morning.

    screw contests, dude. they are everything that's wrong with surfing.