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  1. I like Joel Parkinson's surfing but he's getting old too. The ASP without Slater is going to be worse than the NBA without Jordan.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CJsurf View Post
    I like Joel Parkinson's surfing but he's getting old too. The ASP without Slater is going to be worse than the NBA without Jordan.
    beg to differ. i find jjf truly exciting as is nat and medina and others. one thing about parko is that he has that
    SMOOTH thing down…gotta like dat.

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    My favorite surfers would be Kelly, Mason Ho, Brett Barley, Filipe Toledo, Jeremy Flores and Ramzi Boukhiam.

    http://player.vimeo.com/video/86693356
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    Depends so much on what wave they're surfing for me, conditions, etc....all around I really like watching Josh Kerr surf.

    In that younger crowd, Nat is obviously a really polished surfer and competitor. Felipe Toledo is one of the more electric aerial dudes I've seen in a long time, and he can toss airs in anything.

    I think in terms of championship aspirations, the next crew of year to year favorites (once Kelly, Mick, and Parko fade) will be Medina, JJF, and Julian Wilson. Jordy rips but I don't think he has the competitive mindset to win a title, or at least not multiple (JJF doesn't seem to have the warrior mentality either, but he's so freakishly talented in so many types of surf he'll always be a threat, like the Lebron of surfing but much less douchey). If Dane ever decided he wanted to surf contests again things could be really interesting.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CJsurf View Post
    I like Joel Parkinson's surfing but he's getting old too. The ASP without Slater is going to be worse than the NBA without Jordan.
    I agree. Surfing without Kelly is like NBA without Jordan, PGA without Tiger Woods... It just, plain sucks... I had this conversation on the surfermag forum and a bunch of little am-sponsored kids argued the point. But I agree with you. Its more Kelly's household name and branding. The whole world knows him and 90% of the world loves him. He is THE REASON I would say more than half of the viewship actually tunes into these events, that typically only stream online.

    This years masters in golf had the worst rating in the last 20 years. 70% of people that watched last year and the year before DIDNT TUNE IN! Not once. Last time rating were ever close to that low was when Tiger playde poorly in 2004 and didn't make the cut. Weekend ratings dropped like 80%....

    The PGA and the golf world talked for MONTHS about how life will go on, how they don't need Tiger and how all this young talent is so much fun to watch. BOGUS. They were wrong. The masters sucked. Bubba played SICK golf, but no one cared. Who give a sh** how well you do if the best guy on the planet isn't even playing.....

    Remember the 1994 and 1995 world Champion Houston Rockets? No? I didn't think so. Thats because they won two titles while Jordan retired and was playing baseball. Those were the sh**iest two years in modern day NBA history. Two **'s next to both of them...

    It's different, cause Kelly is going to have to retire...

    What happens next? The ASP will create a "Champions" tour like golf has. It will feature Old Dudes, on weird boards out having fun and competing...

    I don't care about the young kids. Unless one of them re-defines surfing as we know it, or just shows to be a better talent than Slater, I will not watch the tour as much.

    You have to have a Hero. Without Kelly, there are no heroes.

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    [QUOTE=newenglandflatness;243255(JJF doesn't seem to have the warrior mentality either, but he's so freakishly talented in so many types of surf he'll always be a threat, like the Lebron of surfing but much less douchey). [/QUOTE]

    i think thats a GREAT analogy. just super.

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    Im my favorite surfer, I love seeing me get tubed

  8. Quote Originally Posted by zach619 View Post
    What happens next? The ASP will create a "Champions" tour like golf has. It will feature Old Dudes, on weird boards out having fun and competing...
    An ASP Champions Tour. Now there is something I'd tune in for.

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    Ariz caught my eye recently, liking his style. Not the biggest fan of Johny boy.

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    I wont be watching contests once slater retires.i only watch a few heats per contest.i don't care for the bottom 34,only watch the heats that have slater,parko or jjf.now since the new asp webcasts rarely load on my computer I don't even get to see a heat.im lucky if theres a contest review I can see afterwards.the first few contests sucked.fiji was a disappointment,australia is rarely epic.looking forward to france and Portugal,the only 2 contests that resemble home.except for rio