I’m not overly into surfing, and would never consider myself good at the sport. I am much more of the skateboarder/snowboarder type, but do pay a little attention to surfing since I live in Huntington Beach, and worked for Quiksilver for about five years. I think the main reason I never got entirely into the sport, is because it’s a lot of work for what feels like little reward. Yes, when you catch a wave it’s a great feeling, but spending most my time in the water paddling around and not catching waves never really appealed to me as much as the skate and snow sports did. Anyways, this weekend I watched the final two days of the US Open for Surfing which they hold in Huntington Beach every year, and these guys don’t get nearly enough credit for how good they are.
This year was a little different than years past. Usually we only get micro swells (aka crappy waves, aka ankle biters), but this year because of a hurricane/tsunami the waves were actually good during the last few days of the two week competition. The increased swell made me want to see some of the pros, and I was glad I did manage to fight the crowds finding a spot to watch. In the semi final heat Slater pulled out this huge 360,which helped him have the highest score of the day and propelled him into the finals. What was more amazing about the whole contest was that some friends and I were talking about Slater before the weekend, and we all agreed that he was starting to fall off a bit. Boom, four days later he wins the US Open and takes over first in the ASP world rankings. The ageless wonder that is Kelly Slater has 10 ASP titles (most valuable surfer award each year) and looks like he’s about to win his 11th this year if everything holds form. I’m not sure why, but I feel like his career is already better than guys like Tony Hawk, Matt Hoffman, and Shaun White. It seems like we are often asked what sport we’d want to play if we could be a pro at one of them. My first choice would be golf then surfing simply based on where you get to go travel while on the “job”. Plus, with those two sports you can make millions, and still be relatively unknown to most of the public secret millionaire style.
August 10th, 2011 at 1:29 am
Slater’s pulling 360 degree flips over waves and I’m sitting here shuffling my feet in the Gulf afraid of being stung by stingray that’s had a bad day.
What’s wrong with this picture?
FYI… I have an NFL Futures contest up on the Chump. Fully expect the Doin’ Work boys to hold their own this year…. for a change.
August 10th, 2011 at 9:02 am
Do rays stings hurt? One of my buddies got bit by a great white a little after I left Monterey, that was the craziest story I got on surfing!
Nice, we are currently working on a NFL over under post for wins and losses!
August 10th, 2011 at 5:01 am
Slater is the most dominant surfer over his generation and the best of all time … bar none ! Eight time world champion and he’s won numerous other titles around the globe . He’s been a tremendous ambassador for the sport not just here but also around the world . This guy is even popular of all places in the Caribbean ……… especially in some of the West Indian countries . Who knew ? I’ve young cousins in Jamaica with posters of the guy on their bedroom walls.
August 10th, 2011 at 9:04 am
Yeah he is! Slater has been on top since he broke onto the scene a decade and a half ago. When he won his 10th title he came into our headquarters, and the company gave him a rolex with tens as all the numbers for his tenth title. Dude lives an awesome life!
August 10th, 2011 at 9:33 am
Another person who comes to mind as well is big wave surfer Laird Hamilton and he’s got a “hot wife” to boot none other than former model and beach volleyball player Gabrielle Reece (see link to a pic) .
Hamilton , Reece & family
What’s been the fallout from the Tony Bruno comments concerning Giants’ pitcher Ramon Ramirez within the state ? I know he’s “tweeted” an apology but it’s not as contrite as some or even Bruno says that it’s meant to be . His comments were totally , reprehensibly heinous and completely unwarranted .
August 10th, 2011 at 5:00 pm
I take all of Bruno’s comments with a grain of salt. As long as Ramirez doesn’t care, then I don’t see why I should…
Hamilto was pretty epic. If I had to name a famous big wave surfer, it would probably go to Eddie Aikau, but maybe he’s just more famous because he died way too young…
August 11th, 2011 at 7:14 am
Bruno is an ingrate ! Merely out there with the idiotic sound bytes for the sake of it without having anything constructive at all to say .
Aikau was phenomenal but as you said he died way too young and under tragic circumstances .
Can’t wait for the NFL preseason to start never mind the regular season itself ! Now with the league testing for HGH it ought to be real fun don’t you think ? Someone could very well nabbed this year . Shawne Merriman and Brian Cushing come on down .