Interesting perspective from Matt Warshaw on the ASP circus coming to town.
Thank you Matt .
completely agree....buuuut, i'm going to be psyched to see what the pros can do in our "lousy" beach break!
Any contest at OB with a focus on fashion is a contest the King will be at.
Don't forget your surfmuffs.
Really well written article. I appreciate the fact that Matt reached out to the pros and discovered they are stoked on coming to SF even though not all of us might be stoked the pros and the circus is coming here.
When I watch pros online surf perfect Bell's or Pipe, it's exciting, but I have no context of what it's actually like because I've never surfed world-class spots like that. And when I do surf really good waves at decent spots, I find that I'm a much better surfer and its actually easier. The take off spots are the same, the wave lines up the same, everything is consistent for the most part.
When I surf SFOB it's total amateur hour out there. For me personally, I can't wait to watch the pros rip SFOB in Nov, because in my head I'll be thinking "I would have never made that section" or "I would have never made that barrel" or "Damn, that was a heavy floater on a massive closeout". Just knowing what its like out there and then to see what is actually possibly will be pretty damn exciting. Just my two cents.
Surfing? Partying? Good choice Rip Curl! Can't wait!
Funny, enjoyable reading.
Alright, its time that we impose our conditions as locals: new campaign from stokereport:
WE WANT @DUCKDIVE IN THE COMMENTS BOOTH IN NYC AND @KING OF KOOKS IN SFOB!!
I found this article right on point, but it is what it is and we shall see. The real bummer I think will be how many more people will be in the water here during those 2 weeks or whatever it is that the circus will be here. With all these amazing surfers come their companies, friends, family, team managers,etc...... This will not be cool by any means, or at least in my opinion.
Watching them surf here is always mind blowing, dealing with the hoopla will be another story.
Thanks - the Beard
My Brothers lives in So Cal, and I've always asked him why he rarely attends any of the Pro sponsored contests down there. His comment is always, "it's too much of a circus atmosphere one week before, during, and one week after most of them." With the exception of the 'local' contests, he usually stays away.
However, this is a great article, one of which was very thought out by Matt. We all know that it will bring that 'element' in question, but will also bring much needed $$$ to the City, and an opportunity to see some exceptional shredding, if the surf cooperates.
BTW, wasn't Macy's once a prime sponsor for one of the major contest tours?
@WG: there might be less of a "circus" atmosphere up here. The culture in general is different, plus there won't be the element of beach bunnies looking to score on pro surfers and frat boys trying to score on said beach bunnies. It'll be too cold for that cr*p. Most of the people who attend an OB contest will likely actually be interested in the surfing.
Who knows though? I could very well be wrong about this, it won't be the first time.
@Kooktastic; by using the word "element," I was only generalizing so as not too offend any one specific 'element/culture.' I myself am looking foreword to being in amongst it all, elements/cultures et all.
I can't even imagine what it would be like to have surfed perfect waves on tour for so long that you are dying to surf beach breaks and party at night. I hope OB is solid 10' when they come and the inner bars beat the sh*t out of them. I'd love to see 90 minute heats because it takes them 60 minutes to paddle out!
@ncalsurfer - Once they get out, hopefully the current sucks them down to Linda Mar.
I've come around. If the pros are stoked, I'm stoked. Good article.
Single-move waves? That's me. Geez, if that's the best the pro's can do in a week in November at OB... The week or two before the contest is going to be crowded (1 pro looking to score waves = 3-4 regulars). It's selfish,but I hope it's not perfect if it isn't at least 2 1/2X OH. The last thing we need is this break on everybody's radar for a surf pilgrimage.
BTW, I hope they do try to huck big airs on closeouts (inside bar especially). Can you say board caddy? There's going to be a lot of busted boards, and maybe some broken bodies.
It will raise the level of surfing to see what the best do.
I for one can't wait to see what hell they are going to do to OB and visa versa. I have surfed it for years and they will get world class days more than likely during that span. But it is not usually a show off wave when it is at size as anyone can attest because you will pay the price.
Look forward to seeing the constant paddling to stay on the peak. It will be a little like Snapper in that sense. Only those in the best shape will survive. Unless they get lucky.
But the beach will not let these dudes down. I say it will deliver pain and glory. And the pros will be impressed with the beautiful powerful and sometimes playful waves.
I have surfed the world (except Bali and Australia) and OB IS WORLD CLASS in the fall no doubt!!!!!!
who cares about the dream tour, these guys surf for a living and why not surf in front of their fans a few times a year.
"November is big and stupid." -- Mark Renneker
Which of course leaves room for luck, but Doc is basically spot on in that simple assessment IMO. And big and stupid beats tiny and gutless SoCal, I suppose.
i'd be up for picking up busted boards and fixing them....that will be an upgrade in my quiver.