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    Did pro surfing ruin surfing?

    I don't know if this has been a previous thread, but all this talk of pro surfing has surfaced this question in me to put out here.

    my thoughts on this have been cemented long ago. just wondering what the peanut gallery thinks.

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    being that surfing is becoming a 13 billion dollar market by 2017, I would say no.

    Even with that growth, you will still find the lineups empty in New Jersey during the winter months

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    Quote Originally Posted by bassplayer View Post
    being that surfing is becoming a 13 billion dollar market by 2017, I would say no.

    Even with that growth, you will still find the lineups empty in New Jersey during the winter months
    that's if the economy doesn't tank before then. but does everything have to revolve around money? money can bring out some bad things in people.

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    I think the answer is yes and no.

    I love watching contests and all the ASP guys going nuts on perfect waves but the reason I say yes is I just recently read an article in some mag (forgot the name) with a headline that said, "How to get a Surfer's body...without actually having to Surf". That among other "yes" reasons like more crowds, higher prices, Hurley/Nike, and airline bag fees skyrocketing.

    I wouldn't say surfing is ruined, it has just changed...a whole lot.

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    Quote Originally Posted by superbust View Post
    ...an article in some mag (forgot the name) with a headline that said, "How to get a Surfer's body...without actually having to Surf".
    I take it that was a fitness related article.

    Similar discussions have come up concerning the of the rise of martial arts tournaments and whether they are corrupting the true meaning, spirit, and "art" of martial arts. There are mixed opinions on that as well.
    As with sports and other activities, competition and the professional side of is just another aspect of surfing. Remember when US Olympic athletes had to be amateurs, not professional?

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    Quote Originally Posted by superbust View Post

    I wouldn't say surfing is ruined, it has just changed...a whole lot.
    Yeah, it will never be quite the same again after these gratuitous conspiracy threads.

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    I think pro surfing is great for the sport, but it has fostered an idyllic narrative of what a functional board is to the normal every day Joe Surfer. I see many guys who are in good shape struggle in less than perfect conditions because they have too little volume. They all wish they were Dane or Kelly, but the truth is a harsh bog out on waist to chest to shoulder high wind chop/swell combo that we surf all the time. But it is awesome to see Teehoopoo and Cloudbreak and Pipeline shredded by the best of the best. Don't be a hater, be a congratulator! Kelly Rules!!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by sisurfdogg View Post
    I think pro surfing is great for the sport, but it has fostered an idyllic narrative of what a functional board is to the normal every day Joe Surfer. I see many guys who are in good shape struggle in less than perfect conditions because they have too little volume. They all wish they were Dane or Kelly, but the truth is a harsh bog out on waist to chest to shoulder high wind chop/swell combo that we surf all the time. But it is awesome to see Teehoopoo and Cloudbreak and Pipeline shredded by the best of the best. Don't be a hater, be a congratulator! Kelly Rules!!!!
    I think we would still have Danes and Kellys regardless. people like Pat Curren and Greg Nole conquered the un-conquerable before the advent of pro surfing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by archy View Post
    I think we would still have Danes and Kellys regardless. people like Pat Curren and Greg Nole conquered the un-conquerable before the advent of pro surfing.

    How about the elders of surfing before Curren and Nole? The Buffalo? Eddy Aikua? And the others who surfed in the shadow of the Duke's "bringing back surfing"? All not pro-surfers... but most competed in one event or more... and hell they even have/had a competition named after them at one point of time.

    I want to see what happens to Slater when he retires... if he retires. Will he still surf or be the front man of the surfing industry as a voice and icon?

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    ^^^^^WINTER!!! Totally forgot to mention that. Winter is my solitude. Summer sucks.