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Topic Title: Almost The Entirety Of Surfing Is Now Owned And Operated By Non-Surfers - Does It Matter?
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Created On: 11/16/2019 07:38 PM
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 11/16/2019 07:38 PM
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vwsurf

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https://stabmag.com/news/almos...surfersdoes-it-matter/

Not sure if this was posted...

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 11/17/2019 12:54 AM
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 11/17/2019 05:50 AM
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dingpatch

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Ummmmm, , , , , so just who in the heck would trust Jeff Spicoli to run a business?
 11/17/2019 08:24 AM
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Cole

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Originally posted by: dingpatch

Ummmmm, , , , , so just who in the heck would trust Jeff Spicoli to run a business?


I don't know, ask the surfers that started Quiksilver, Billabong, Rip Curl and the rest. Hell, Salt Life was created but a group of good surfers from Florida. As far as intelligence, I am personal friends with lawyers, doctors, engineers, a mayor, business owners and a host of other "successful" people that are quite talented in the surf, so the whole Spicolli thing is a bunch of bullshit.

Investment groups buy the company, cut as much as they can to extract as much profit as possible, then sell it off when the company's soul has been sucked dry. This is why we get ill fitting wetsuits, baggies with open back pockets, $35 tee shirts and surfboards made by people who have never seen an ocean.

 11/17/2019 09:27 AM
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Surfing, as in what I do in the water in front of my house won't change... But, this whole thing of media - competitions will be effected. Ironically, and IMHO, that thing is exactly what killed "surfing" many years ago with soccer moms training their kids to compete with hopes of scholarship or sponsorship; that whole thing of "surfing" becoming a "competitive sport." So honestly maybe it's for the better, perhaps surfing won't be as cool anymore and only the real watermen will be the ones out there in the lineup??? And speaking of that it looks pretty good out there right now up here north of cape the winds let up almost calm so what's left of windswell breaking pretty clean, albeit a little chilly this morning but that's OK less crowds

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 11/17/2019 09:57 AM
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dingpatch

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Soccer Moms!!!!! Yes.

Reminds me of an ESA contest many, many, years ago. The groms were in the water, or getting out after a heat. In any case, two Soccer Moms were down by the water giving living heck to the judges and the groms, , , , not sure if there was a supposed interference that was not called, etc, but it was just as good of a show than you'll see at any Little Legue Baseball game. I will not reveal the groms, , , , ,
 11/17/2019 12:28 PM
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 11/17/2019 01:06 PM
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seaspray

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This era of marketing and 24-7 promotion eventually made its way to surfing. When I started doing this back in HS I never took surfing seriously and thought that I would have been over it by now. Guess not

One thing I have noticed is that there are not that many kids ditching class to go surfing anymore. I see lots of kids in the water who seem to be homeschooled surfing with their coach or parent in the middle of the day. Maybe getting groomed to be the next KS or Caroline Marks? Good for them of they make it. If they don't, yikes
 11/17/2019 04:55 PM
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Central Floridave

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That looks like a click-bait article. Didn't click on it. LOL. tl;dr Clif notes and why I should care?!?
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