Are the Dog Days of Pro Surfing Over?

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There was once a time when surfing was slower than the speed of a wave itself. News and other relevant information was published once a month, or even bi-monthly, which gave pro surfers plenty of time to laze around collecting paychecks waiting for the next swell to hit. Back in the day pro surfers made their money solely by competing, endorsements, a few in store autograph signings, and of course getting their photos published in the magazines. Lots of them.

It appears those days are long gone.

If you want to be a top pro today you've got to do more. In fact, pro surferseven the retired ones must work harder in 2013 than ever before. From blogging to Twittering and Instagramming and Facebooking to You Tube and Vimeo. Seems the pros these days can't get any sleep or it might appear as if they've fallen off the map. They've got photos to post, videos to shoot and e-mails to check, just like the rest of us. Sure they might have someone doing it all for them, but don't think they aren't involved on a daily basis.

While it would be awesome to be a pro, and no doubt the best job ever, a part of me feels sorry for them because these days being a pro surfer is just not enough. You've got to be a pro at everything else, and when something new comes out, you've got to be pro at that, too (thanks GoPro!). Basically there's a whole lot of stuff.

See, pro surfers back in the day, well they did none of this stuff and truly lived the dream of simply being a professional surfer. No pen or computer was required. They just surfed all day. And when they didn't surf all day, they slept like dogs.— Skip Snead


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There was once a time when surfing was slower than the speed of a wave itself. News and other relevant information was published once a month, or even bi-monthly, which gave pro surfers plenty of time to laze around collecting paychecks waiting for the next swell to hit. Back in the day pro surfers made their money solely by competing, endorsements, a few in store autograph signings, and of course getting their photos published in the magazines. Lots of them.

It appears those days are long gone.

If you want to be a top pro today you've got to do more. In fact, pro surferseven the retired ones must work harder in 2013 than ever before. From blogging to Twittering and Instagramming and Facebooking to You Tube and Vimeo. Seems the pros these days can't get any sleep or it might appear as if they've fallen off the map. They've got photos to post, videos to shoot and e-mails to check, just like the rest of us. Sure they might have someone doing it all for them, but don't think they aren't involved on a daily basis.

While it would be awesome to be a pro, and no doubt the best job ever, a part of me feels sorry for them because these days being a pro surfer is just not enough. You've got to be a pro at everything else, and when something new comes out, you've got to be pro at that, too (thanks GoPro!). Basically there's a whole lot of stuff.

See, pro surfers back in the day, well they did none of this stuff and truly lived the dream of simply being a professional surfer. No pen or computer was required. They just surfed all day. And when they didn't surf all day, they slept like dogs.— Skip Snead

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