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    Surfing vs Team Sports

    A friend recently noted that among his gradchildren the one that excelled at surfing was the one that was the least athletically inclined. I have heard this before that sometimes the best surfers that pick it up the quickest are not always the kids that do well in sports.

    I wonder why that is???

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    As for team sports, we Surfers don't play well with others... everyone knows that.

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    I'd agree with it.

    I've seen the same type of thing in fighting. My brother is a BJJ blackbelt and is pretty awful at "ball sports" but looks like a fish IN the water on the mats.

    I don't have a hypothesis why... maybe hand-eye coordination vs body awareness.

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    Interesting thread. I think what is happening today is that if you don't dedicate your self to one specific sport or interest AT A REALLY EARLY AGE then you will not be able to play that sport by High School. All 3 of my sons are good surfers, fisherman, and hunters. They are athletic but since they never played for a travel team or were sent to play baseball in a Winter league in Arizona, or attended football camps all year long, or transferred to a new England prep school to play ice hockey, they just weren't competitive enough to play at level higher than a recreational league. As we all know, you can be a good surfer and not surf competitively. Surfing itself is hard to label. Is it just a sport? An artful expression? Commune with nature? Church? All of these things? I think Surfer mag just did a story on this.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ChavezYChavez View Post
    I think what is happening today is that if you don't dedicate your self to one specific sport or interest AT A REALLY EARLY AGE then you will not be able to play that sport by High School.
    While it's certainly in the statistics and common knowledge of motor control that early onset of training in a specific physical domain will typically elicit the highest ceiling for potential, I laugh at the above statement. How about not playing in high school but being a collegiate star? It happens. Not often, but it happens. Commitment is a powerful thing.

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    I hate when people consider surfing a sport,but I feel the same for football and think surfing is more of a sport than things like tennis and golf.surfings just the thing to do,makes u feel good.i occasionally play football but I hate watching it.the money these guys get is redicilous.surfers put their lives on the line and deserve more pay.it would be cool if surfing fans were like fb and bb fans where they are fat and out of shape and never dare to take the sport on themselves.the more commercialized surfing becomes the crowder our sacred spots will become.i don't surf to gain fame or get fans,i prefer cold windy rainy days on an empty beach and being the only soul out.the ocean is always changing and I welcome all the challenges mother nature throws at me.not a fan of team sports,every man for themselves.

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    surfing is an athletic endeavor or something other than a sport, its only a sport if
    1) the scoring is objective (not surfing or ice dancing)
    2) and someone is trying to stop you from scoring (I know those paddle round johnny cakes are trying to stop you from scoring set waves)
    3) you break a sweat

    IM not so HO

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    Quote Originally Posted by MakeItStop View Post
    surfing is an athletic endeavor or something other than a sport, its only a sport if
    1) the scoring is objective (not surfing or ice dancing)
    2) and someone is trying to stop you from scoring (I know those paddle round johnny cakes are trying to stop you from scoring set waves)
    3) you break a sweat

    IM not so HO
    I agree with 1 & 2.

    Just because you're wet doesn't mean you're not sweating. Don't be fooled, you're definitely sweating.

    What is HO?

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    Quote Originally Posted by MakeItStop View Post
    its only a sport if
    1) the scoring is objective (not surfing or ice dancing)
    2) and someone is trying to stop you from scoring (I know those paddle round johnny cakes are trying to stop you from scoring set waves)
    3) you break a sweat
    not to derail this thread into a "what is or is not a sport" discussion/debate, but as someone who competed in cross country running & track & field at a high level for many years, i'm gonna have to go ahead & call bs on the above.

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    Quote Originally Posted by njsurfer42 View Post
    not to derail this thread into a "what is or is not a sport" discussion/debate, but as someone who competed in cross country running & track & field at a high level for many years, i'm gonna have to go ahead & call bs on the above.
    You're right, to better focus the discussion, an agreed upon definition of what constitutes a sport should be established ....Good luck.
    Anyway, per dictionary.com, a sport is "an athletic activity requiring skill or physical prowess and often of a competitive nature, as racing, baseball, tennis, golf, bowling, wrestling, boxing, hunting, fishing, etc."