Same with leashes on longboards. Keeps the old kooks in the lineup instead of swimming in for their boards every time they fall off.
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Thread: Did pro surfing ruin surfing?
Jul 10, 2013, 04:59 PM #51Senior Member
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Dude, what do you think financed all the great surfing explorer's trips? The one's that let y'all in on what was out there.
Dude, do you know how many surf shops and surf companies were backed by illicit funds? ****, in the 1980's pratically every, now defunct, LBI surf shop, had shady beginnings.
Man, you owe everything to these "dopers." Show a little respect, man.
Jul 10, 2013, 05:13 PM #53
I don't feel like I missed anything, personally. I enjoy every day out on the water and every wave I ride. I have days where the beach is empty, and days where people are everywhere. I still have fun, and that is all that matters to me.
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Jul 10, 2013, 05:15 PM #54
Jul 10, 2013, 05:21 PM #55
You're arguing world geography on one thread, the dope game on another. I ain't exactly been here for years, but you just got here and have more psi backing your agendas than Starchy could dream of.
Take a deep breath after the woman just kicked you to the curb. Stop the surf forum aggro posts. Stop internet stalking your ex-lady. There are many other fish in the sea. Open mouth, insert chill pill. Brah.
Jul 10, 2013, 07:01 PM #56Member
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Jul 10, 2013, 07:25 PM #57Member
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My reference point is skateboarding. My idols as a kid growing up late 70's early 80's were Tony Alva, Mark Gonzalas, and Cab. Yes they were "pro" skateboarders, but the lifestyle was not that of a professional skater or surfer today. More important, they were losers in the eyes of most of the population. But looking back now they were the pioneers. Without guys like Stacey Peralta there would not have been the evolution of skating into "normal" pop culture. The same could be said about pro surfers of that era, Lopez, Bertlemann, MR, etc. Now we have Xgames, pro tour surfing and lots of guys and gals making decent living being a pro. But I know a few pro skaters and a former pro skier, its not all fun and games, it's a real job and a harsh business.
But pro skaters and pro surfers don't ruin anything as far as the recreation side of the sport goes. I skate FDR or the new park in Philly in the morning all the time by myself. The thing about surfers and skaters is they want to be seen. I surf DP all the time alone. Summer and winter, in south jersey, in perfect conditions. The issue is there are no girls on the beach or dudes in the session to see the latest tricks. I can understand the mentalty, I was a kid once. I guess in a way I still am, I just got older and maybe a bit wiser. The jury is still out on that.
Jul 10, 2013, 07:28 PM #58Senior Member
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I think really all that pro-surfing does is make a grom or newbie surfer think it would be wise to waste their money on a thin high performance short board that they have no skill level yet to ride effectively and they waste their money and resell it on Ebay or Craigslist or trade it in at a shop. In golf if you buy the best gear to immulate the pros it does to some effect help you play better than buying a 1950's sportcraft golf set at a yard sale. Buying a pro shortboard doesn't make you a better surfer if you're just starting out for sure.
Internet - has crowded the lineups by allowing inshore people to know where the breaks are and when its even worth their while to travel to the shore to surf thanks to the forecasting features. Pre internet, it was usually only locals or vacationers surfing...not the day-trippers from several hours drive inland.
Wetsuits - Better quality/cheaper prices has allowed for the less die-hard everyday surfers to be able to make it worth their while to buy wetsuit gear even if its just to go out a couple of times a year. Also contributes to more crowded lineups in offseason
More affluent society today than past decades - more disposable income allows for more people to buy surfboards on a whim or as an infrequent hobby. Expensive costs of boards and gear in the past in relation to disposable income made the investments only worthwhile for the die-hard locals or wealthy.
I think all of these things are great, bringing alot more people to enjoy the sport/hobby/lifestyle of surfing, but I can see how it can frustrating for the local, everyday surfers to be invaded by lots of inexperienced newbies all the time.
Jul 10, 2013, 07:34 PM #59
Good post. They NEED to be seen. Without the notoriety, the buoyancy that allows them to be "pro" is no longer there - the marketability and subsequent dollars spent by the followers. I can't be sure that every pro surfer would rather it be this way, and that's why LOD and the Z-Boys documentary are such great films. You realize that they appreciate in the end the fact that the fame and fortune wasn't what they ever really wanted. They just wanted to surf/skate, brah. Lots of parallels with that and Big Wednesday. The "mentor" (for lack of a better term) figure in the characters of Skip and Bear is a dynamic and critical one to all of this.
Jul 10, 2013, 07:39 PM #60
what's wrong with surfing, well, I don't think it's the pro's. There were pro's back in the 60's when surfing was "pure" or whatever.
Here is what is wrong with surfing:
People who wear surf gear head to toe and don't surf.
People who think the board is the problem.
Surfshops with no boards. (looking at you 17th street...)
$40 surf videos. $8 surfer mags. Has anyone noticed the ad to actual content ratio? Pitiful.
The invention of the gopro.
30 second intro's on 2 minute home movies.
Towing in to makeable waves.
Throwing "shockas" or the like.
Being sponsored by your mom.
Cost of Airfare (seriously has doubled in the last decade)
That's all I've got for now. I don't blame the pro's at all. I'd do it in a heartbeat so would all of you.
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