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  1. #11
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    Dude, the ESA, at least they used to back in the good old days, has different divisions even amongst specific age divisions. Like:

    They have Boys 1A, 2A and 3A
    Junior Men 1A, 2A and 3A

    The 1A are for the novices. 2A is for the intermediates and 3A is for the friggin Matt Keenan shredders.......

    They used to have this back when I howled at the moon many eons ago.

  2. #12
    Quote Originally Posted by Zman9398 View Post
    Thanks guys. I'm gonna enter right now.
    This is so cool! Go for it. You def will have a ton of fun. You'll also gain appreciation for how it feels to compete in a surfing contest. Grab as many new, and legal, experiences you can in this short life. You'll never regret it.

  3. #13
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    Zman- i am stoked for you! Just go for it... you will be suprised! GO FOR IT!!!
    AND keep in mind- its all about doing your best-not placing or winning a trophy. after your done- look at the areas you need improvement and train in those areas- and dont let your placement or how you did get you down... just look forward at improving. Start surfing in any and every wave condition so you will be ready. start paddling distance to get stronger. Your at a good age to start! Keep it up! the swellinfo.com team has got your back!!! maybe we could get some sponsor shirts or something for you: "team swellinfo.com"!!! hook it up!

  4. #14
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    I'd try it out. You'll get to surf without a crowd and there will be lots of girls there. Who cares if you win.

  5. #15
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    Quote Originally Posted by travy View Post
    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.
    I understand your anti-contest attitude, the old surfing is an art v. sport. Don't be a hater, be a congratulate r! Kelly rules! That being said, many of my friends are great comp surfers, but alas, not I. But so what, I've surfed heats to gain knowledge, have camaraderie, to support the local surf scene, etc. But always remember, in a heat there is only 4 guys out, in a usually crowded peak, so you have an opportunity to score some really good nuggs without a big hassle. Travy...lighten up, he's 14 and stoked, unlike you bro.

  6. #16
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    Quote Originally Posted by Zman9398 View Post
    Thanks guys. I'm gonna enter right now.
    Goodluck Zman,Just have fun out there.Use your strengths and really make smart wave selections.What's the tide looking like on that day and time of the contest.Maybe you want to surf that break a couple times to get a vibe on it.Just like that other post said about paddling and getting your cardio up.G luck.

  7. #17
    Quote Originally Posted by sisurfdogg View Post
    I understand your anti-contest attitude, the old surfing is an art v. sport. Don't be a hater, be a congratulate r! Kelly rules! That being said, many of my friends are great comp surfers, but alas, not I. But so what, I've surfed heats to gain knowledge, have camaraderie, to support the local surf scene, etc. But always remember, in a heat there is only 4 guys out, in a usually crowded peak, so you have an opportunity to score some really good nuggs without a big hassle. Travy...lighten up, he's 14 and stoked, unlike you bro.
    oh, i'm quite stoked bro. but when i was 14 sitting in 2 foot mush trying to catch crap i wouldn't even look at if there wasn't a 'contest' on while 80 pound kids slop-hopped to the shore before doing some lame azz close out snap to 'beat' me i was most definitely, not stoked. i agree that there are some positive aspects to the contest scene, but i'm just saying if you are a 6'3, 14 year old east coast grom there may be better ways to spend your saturday mornings.

  8. #18
    Quote Originally Posted by Betty View Post
    Grab as many new, and legal, experiences you can in this short life. You'll never regret it.
    Hey now, many of life's greatest pleasures exist outside the long arm of the law. And most fun doesn't occur until after midnight.

    Now, back to your regularly scheduled programming.
    Last edited by EmassSpicoli; Jul 6, 2013 at 08:26 PM.

  9. #19
    Quote Originally Posted by GoodVibes View Post
    Goodluck Zman,Just have fun out there.Use your strengths and really make smart wave selections.What's the tide looking like on that day and time of the contest.Maybe you want to surf that break a couple times to get a vibe on it.Just like that other post said about paddling and getting your cardio up.G luck.
    VERY good advice. Always familiarize yourself with the terrain prior to heading into battle. We need to exist outside our comfort zone constantly to progress, however, during times of assessment we want to be right in our comfort zone. But ready to persevere if externals present themselves as well.

  10. #20
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    I couldn't possibly disagree with travy any more.

    Zman, I'm 6'3" and 34 years old. I started competing when I was your age but quit sometime around highschool and didn't pick it back up until this year. I wish I hadn't stopped, forgot how much fun contests are--and not just the surfing in a heat part. I surf in my age division AND the open division, so I've gotten whooped by a handfull of 14 year olds more than once. It's no big deal. Sure, it can be frustrating if the waves suck, but that's where you work on your strategy game and start paddling all over the lineup. Hell, at least you're getting some exercise.

    If your ESA region is as cool, laid back and supportive as mine you'll have an excellent time.