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Thoughts on Surfing By Cave Dr.

When I left San Clemente at the end of the 70's to live on Maui trick surfing or as it is better known nowadays "high performance" surfing was basically in its infancy. At the forefront of the movement were guys like Larry Bertlemann, and watching him surf was a mind awakening experience. Then there was Buttons and Mark Liddell who were ripping the snot out of the south shore to the point where it was just downright ridiculous. These guys were full on Rock Stars blazing new trails and having way more fun than anyone, anywhere! These guys were riding stingers and spinning and sliding in and out of turns with so much freedom it was mesmerizing and ultimately ground breaking especially in terms of the history of high-perfomance surfing.

Little did I know at the time but while I was living a Tarzanian existence down some dirt road somewhere between Hookipa and Hana, Martin Potter came to visit Jimmy Hogan in San Clemente and in so doing innocently but very strikingly altered the course of future action. As I came to hear, Jimmy and Pottz were surfing T-Street and the beach was littered with a bunch of toe-headed groms like Archy, Shane Beschen, Christian and Dino (among others). Pottz just lit the place up doing airs, 360's … such high-performance progressive surfing that it was nothing short of a one-of-a-kind lightning rod moment that created a rock-in-a-pond ripple effect seen to this day. And the rest is history. Flash forward 30 years and Pottz is a former '89 World Champ, Archy and Christian are aerial legends, Shane went on to be the '92 U.S. Champ and World Tour runner-up a few years later (and is now Carissa Moore's coach), while Dino became the '90 U.S. Champ and World Tour Rookie of the Year in 1991. Soon after, Dino fathered Kolohe who is currently carrying the torch brighter than ever making the CT at the age of 17 and at 20 is blowing minds from Chopes to Trestles and beyond.

So here we are in 2014 and Pottz is on the mic as we all watch surf contests live on our computers and it's just freakin amazing how technology can do that now, right? So cool! And when we tune in we see guys not only attempting but pulling off the most mind-blowing maneuvers that are no less than acrobatic and in the process surfing has become such an insane spectator sport. Take the recent Hurley Pro at pumping Lowers as a great example of what I'm talking about.These guys were going off and literally killing it. A World Championship Tour balls-to-the-wall buzzer beater showdown with guys like Julian, Jordy and John John. Gabriel, Kerzzy and Felipe all doing stuff I don't even know the names of. I hear terms like Big Spins, Slob Air and Full Rotation, Air Reverse, Kerrupt Flip, Rodeo Flip or Stale Fish, and it sounds as gnarly as it looks, but hey, don't mind me. I'm just a dude who likes to lay a rail down. But that's the thing that's so cool. These aren't just air shows or expression sessions. They're full on WCT heats with guys carving super-sick turns as hard as ever. It's as if you see Richard Cram carving a power cutback blended with Christian Hosoi or Tony Hawk punting the sickest airs all on one wave. So sick! But here's the sickest thing of all and ultimately why I chose to title this story like I did because it's not just the youth brigade performing these aqua acrobatic feats of aerial insanity. It's guys like Parko, 33, CJ, 35, Taj, 36 and the freak of all freaks in the history of the world Slater at 42, defying age, gravity and logic barriers to the point where we all want to know what's this guy eating? It's nuts to think that he's 42 years old and doing the things he does on a wave. So standing on the beach at pumping Lowers watching the final between Jordy and John John, I found myself just shaking my head thinking, "What the heck are they gonna be doing 30 years from now?"

Image: Kolohe drops the wallet at T-Street.


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Thoughts on Surfing By Cave Dr.

When I left San Clemente at the end of the 70's to live on Maui trick surfing or as it is better known nowadays "high performance" surfing was basically in its infancy. At the forefront of the movement were guys like Larry Bertlemann, and watching him surf was a mind awakening experience. Then there was Buttons and Mark Liddell who were ripping the snot out of the south shore to the point where it was just downright ridiculous. These guys were full on Rock Stars blazing new trails and having way more fun than anyone, anywhere! These guys were riding stingers and spinning and sliding in and out of turns with so much freedom it was mesmerizing and ultimately ground breaking especially in terms of the history of high-perfomance surfing.

Little did I know at the time but while I was living a Tarzanian existence down some dirt road somewhere between Hookipa and Hana, Martin Potter came to visit Jimmy Hogan in San Clemente and in so doing innocently but very strikingly altered the course of future action. As I came to hear, Jimmy and Pottz were surfing T-Street and the beach was littered with a bunch of toe-headed groms like Archy, Shane Beschen, Christian and Dino (among others). Pottz just lit the place up doing airs, 360's … such high-performance progressive surfing that it was nothing short of a one-of-a-kind lightning rod moment that created a rock-in-a-pond ripple effect seen to this day. And the rest is history. Flash forward 30 years and Pottz is a former '89 World Champ, Archy and Christian are aerial legends, Shane went on to be the '92 U.S. Champ and World Tour runner-up a few years later (and is now Carissa Moore's coach), while Dino became the '90 U.S. Champ and World Tour Rookie of the Year in 1991. Soon after, Dino fathered Kolohe who is currently carrying the torch brighter than ever making the CT at the age of 17 and at 20 is blowing minds from Chopes to Trestles and beyond.

So here we are in 2014 and Pottz is on the mic as we all watch surf contests live on our computers and it's just freakin amazing how technology can do that now, right? So cool! And when we tune in we see guys not only attempting but pulling off the most mind-blowing maneuvers that are no less than acrobatic and in the process surfing has become such an insane spectator sport. Take the recent Hurley Pro at pumping Lowers as a great example of what I'm talking about.These guys were going off and literally killing it. A World Championship Tour balls-to-the-wall buzzer beater showdown with guys like Julian, Jordy and John John. Gabriel, Kerzzy and Felipe all doing stuff I don't even know the names of. I hear terms like Big Spins, Slob Air and Full Rotation, Air Reverse, Kerrupt Flip, Rodeo Flip or Stale Fish, and it sounds as gnarly as it looks, but hey, don't mind me. I'm just a dude who likes to lay a rail down. But that's the thing that's so cool. These aren't just air shows or expression sessions. They're full on WCT heats with guys carving super-sick turns as hard as ever. It's as if you see Richard Cram carving a power cutback blended with Christian Hosoi or Tony Hawk punting the sickest airs all on one wave. So sick! But here's the sickest thing of all and ultimately why I chose to title this story like I did because it's not just the youth brigade performing these aqua acrobatic feats of aerial insanity. It's guys like Parko, 33, CJ, 35, Taj, 36 and the freak of all freaks in the history of the world Slater at 42, defying age, gravity and logic barriers to the point where we all want to know what's this guy eating? It's nuts to think that he's 42 years old and doing the things he does on a wave. So standing on the beach at pumping Lowers watching the final between Jordy and John John, I found myself just shaking my head thinking, "What the heck are they gonna be doing 30 years from now?"

Image: Kolohe drops the wallet at T-Street.

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