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Press Release: Cloud 9 Local Piso Alcala Wins 20th Annual Siargao Cloud 9 Surfing Cup

Cloud 9 Local Piso Alcala Wins 20th Annual Siargao Cloud 9 Surfing Cup 

Piso Alcala (in white) celebrates his second international win in a well-fought heat against good friend Carlito Nogalo. 

GENERAL LUNA, Siargao Island, Philippines (Sunday, September 28, 2014) - Local surfer Piso Alcala (PHL) has taken out the 20th Annual Siargao Cloud 9 Surfing Cup, an Association of Surfing Professionals (ASP) 1-Star Qualifying Series (QS) event that’s also sanctioned by the Asian Surfing Championships (ASC). 
 
Finals day dawned and revealed the best conditions of this year’s event, with surfers fighting for precious ranking’s points and prize-money in clean and hollow 5-foot classic Cloud 9 tubes. 

Piso Alcala (PHL) also took out this event in 2008 and 2012 and sealed his third win today, and the first ever by a Filipino on the ASP QS, in dominant fashion netting two near-perfect rides in the Final to finish with a heat total of 19.45 out of a possible 20. Alcala was by far the standout surfer on Finals day dispatching the last international surfer, Chris Zaffis (AUS), in the Semifinals and fellow local, John Mark Tokong (PHL), in the Quarterfinals.

 “I wasn’t expecting to win today so I feel really great,” Alcala said. “I just wanted to go out there and do my best for the locals. I had so much support and it felt so good. I was very lucky to get two good waves in the Final, there were some really good barrels today. Cloud 9 is my home break and it helps me to know where to go and what waves to get. It’s a lot of money for the win, I’m just going to save it and use it for my family.”

Carlito Nogalo finds some shade.

Carlito Nogalo (PHL) finished runner-up to Alcala in the Final. The opening exchange saw Nogalo post an excellent 8.00, but when Alcala’s opening score came in at a 9.55 Nogalo was on the back foot. After a long lull Alcala caught and threaded the needle of a big, hollow tube and posted another excellent score leaving his countrymen Nogalo to settle for 2nd place.
 
Chris Zaffis (AUS), 16-year-old Angourie local and current NSW state junior champion put in a great showing at his first ever ASP QS event, finishing equal 3rd place after being eliminated in the Semifinals. Zaffis has put in a lot of time in the line-up at Cloud 9 and today his hard work paid off as he locked into tubes and punctuated rides with end section aerials.

Zaffis outside, Alcala inside. 

“I came here to try and do well in the event and get barrelled and today I did both so I’m happy,” Zaffis said. “I really wanted to make the Final but Piso (Alcala) was too good. I’ve never been in a QS event before so to get to the Semis is good for me, the waves were so good today and surfing man-on-man heats was a great experience and I learnt a lot.” 
 
Putra Hermawan (IND), last year’s Siargao Cloud 9 Surfing Cup event champion and highest placed Indonesian surfer was eliminated by Donisio Espijon (PHL) in the Quarterfinals and finished this year’s event with an equal 5th place.

 

More info ASPWorldTour.com
 
Event organizers:
Provincial Government of Surigao del Norte, Cong. Francisco T. Matugas, House of Representatives, Municipality of General Luna, Philippine Surfing Federation
 
Event Co-presenters:
MVP Group of Companies (Philex Mining Corporation, Smart Communications, Silangan Mindanao Mining Inc.)
 
Sponsors:
Department of Tourism, Tourism Infrastructure and Enterprise Zone Authority or TIEZA, Cebu Pacific, Cloud 9 Boardriders Club, Fluid Surf
 
Sanctioned by:
Association of Surfing Professionals, Asian Surfing Champions

Press Release: Local’s Post Top Scores in Round 1 of Siargao International Surfing Cup at Cloud 9

26 September, Siargao Island – Philippines: Siargao locals posted the top scores in the opening round of the 20th annual Siargao International Surfing Cup at Cloud 9 today, with previous event winner Piso Alcala spending as much time in the air as in the water during the final heat of the day to rack up a the highest heat score of the day of 16.50 points (out of a possible 20) for his two biggest airs of 8.0 and 8.5.

“There weren’t any barrels out there today, so I had no choice but to take to the air,” said Piso with a smile.  “But I hope there will be some barrels for us tomorrow, because that’s what Cloud 9 is all about!”  Last year, uncharacteristically Piso didn’t make it out of Round 4, so he’s all about getting into the finals this year at his home break.

The second highest combined heat score was posted in Heat 1 by Carlito Nogalo, whose power surfing and a barrel got him a total score of 15.25, for a 7.25 and an 8.0.  He bested last year’s winner Putra Hermawan, who finished in second place with a total score of 11.75. Both surfers advance to Round 2.

Rounding out the high scoring pool was young Mark “Marama” Tokong with a total score of 14.90, using his bantamweight frame to complete some impressive airs and handily win his heat and advance to Round 2.

The swell is expected to fill in tomorrow and allow the Round 2 contestants to get their chance at some Cloud 9 tubes, so Contest Director GerryDegan informed them at the end of today’s competition that they should be standing by and ready to compete at 6:00 am in the morning.

Stay tuned for the exciting action that will continue at the Philippines oldest running surfing event that is now on the ASP’s schedule for the first time in history.

See all the results at http://www.aspworldtour.com/events/2014/mqs/1078/siargao-cloud-9-surfing-cup/results

 

The 2014 Siargao International Surfing Cup is a co-sanctioned 1-star ASP Men’s World Qualifying event and a ASC Grade 4 event that will run from 24 - 28 September 2014 and boasts US$15,000 Prize Money.  

The 20th Siargao International Surfing Cup is presented by the MVP Group of Companies and Manila Mining Corporation, with event organizers the Municipality of General Luna and Provincial Government of Surigao del Norte) and support by the Tourism Infrastructure and Enterprise Zone Authority (TIEZA), the Philippine Department of Tourism, Cloud 9 Boardriders Club and Fluid Surf.

The event is sanctioned by the Association of Surfing Professionals and the Asian Surfing Championships with the assistance of the Philippine Surfing Federation.

Press Release: Cloud 9 Waking Up for Anticipated Start of 20th Siargao International Surfing Cup this Afternoon

26 September, Siargao Island – Philippines:  At 6 am this morning, the signs of the coming swell were evident as a mix of locals, tourists, and the competitors paddled out on daybreak to get a few waves before the anticipated start of the 20th annual Siargao International Surfing Cup this afternoon at 2:00 pm.

Contest Director Gerry Degan was in the judging tower at first light assessing the conditions, then in consultation with Head Judge Glenn Elliot and ASP Australia General Manager Dane Jordan, made the call for a 2:00 pm start for Round 1 of the competition.

“Looking at the forecast for today, we’re thinking that we’ll get better waves if we hold off until later for the incoming tide,” said Degan.  “There are some fun waves out there right now, but since we’re expecting the swell to keep increasing, and with a lower tide in the afternoon, it will start bringing a few more barrels across the reef.  We want to give the competitors the best chance at the barrels that Cloud 9 is famous for, so we’ve made a 2 pm call for the start of Round 1,” he explained.

After a small and inconsistent day of surf yesterday, this morning’s conditions are much improved, and with all the swell forecasts predicting a building swell it’s expected that there will be classic 3-6 foot Cloud 9 for the majority of the event, which will conclude on Sunday the 28th.

The 2014 Siargao International Surfing Cup is a co-sanctioned 1-star ASP Men’s World Qualifying event and a ASC Grade 4 event that will run from 24 - 28 September 2014 and boasts US$15,000 Prize Money.  

See more info ASPWorldTour.com and atwww.asiansurfingtour.com

The 20th Siargao International Surfing Cup is presented by the MVP Group of Companies and Manila Mining Corporation, with event organizers the Municipality of General Luna and Provincial Government of Surigao del Norte) and support by the Tourism Infrastructure and Enterprise Zone Authority (TIEZA), the Philippine Department of Tourism, Cloud 9 Boardriders Club and Fluid Surf.

The event is sanctioned by the Association of Surfing Professionals and the Asian Surfing Championships with the assistance of the Philippine Surfing Federation.

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About the Asian Surfing Championships (ASC)

The Asian Surfing Championships was established in 2010 as the progression of the highly successful Indonesian Surfing Championships that began in Bali, Indonesia in 2004.  The mission of the ASC is to develop and progress the sport of surfing in Asia by assisting in the organizing and sanctioning of professional surfing events, which will help their growing surf communities and draw more attention to their areas for the progression of surfing locally, nationally, and throughout the Asian Region.

See more at http://www.asiansurfingtour.com

Press Release: Philippines Counts Down To First Ever ASP QS Event at Cloud 9

Cloud 9, Siargao, Philippines. PIC ASP/Will H-S
 



COOLANGATTA, QLD/AUS (Wednesday, September 17, 2014) - The 20th Annual Siargao Cloud 9 Surfing Cup is only weeks away from creating history as the first ASP Qualifying Series (QS) event at Cloud 9 in the Philippines. The event will be co-sanctioned by both the Association of Surfing Professionals and the Asian Surfing Championship (ASC), with surfers battling for precious ranking’s points and prize money at one of the world’s best waves.

While the event only carries a 1-Star rating and won’t be attracting the stars of our sport the way the 6-Star and Prime events do, this event is more about offering competitive experience for local surfers and giving up-and-coming international surfers and future stars of the sport valuable competitive experience at QS level. 


Byron Bay’s Soli Bailey at the 2011 Siargao Cloud 9 Surfing Cup. Pic ASP/Will H-S. 

“It’s fantastic to be working with the ASC to help grow the sport of surfing throughout Asia,” ASP Australasia General Manager Dane Jordan said. “1-Star QS events are the ideal way to test your competitive skills and learn what it takes to fight through a draw of talented surfers. Not to mention have the chance to surf one of the world’s best waves with just a couple of other surfers in the water.” 
 
16-year-old Quinn Bruce (Coolangatta, QLD/AUS) is one of Australia’s most exciting up-and-coming talents. Bruce works hard to perfect his skills at Snapper Rocks, the training grounds of some of the world’s best surfers — Joel Parkinson, Mick Fanning and Stephanie Gilmore.
 
“I haven’t been to Cloud 9 before and I can’t wait to check the place out,” Bruce said. “I’ve heard it’s a perfect right hand barrel with a section at the end of it which is what every natural footer dreams of. I think living at Snapper and being a natural footer could be an advantage for me. There’s quite a huge difference surfing at QS events compared to the Juniors, in Junior events average scores are no worries, but in QS events it’s much harder to get a good score, plus you’re coming up against bigger and more experienced guys which can sometimes be intimidating. I haven’t been told anything negative about the place yet so I’m sure it’s going to be a magical trip.”
 
Dede Suryana (IND) is one of Indonesia’s favourite surfing sons, and is a threat in any and all conditions. Coming off an equal 3rd place finish at last year’s Siargao Cloud 9 Surfing Cup, Suryana is hungry to go one better and make the final this time around.
 
"I can’t wait again to get back there,” Suryana said. “It’s such a good wave and it’s a right hander. I love rights and especially barrels! I hope for more barrels again this year. Last year I finished in equal 3rd place. So, this year I need to be in the final! I’m coming Cloud 9!"
 
The 2014 Siargao Cloud 9 Surfing Cup will run from 24 - 28 September 2014and boasts US$15,000 Prize Money, and will be run in conjunction with the Philippines Surfing Federation.
 
More info ASPWorldTour.com

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From the archives: And already I miss them…

Pulling this entry from 2007 because of the upcoming Siargao comp. It’s breaking my heart that I wont be on the island next week to shoot and be part of the event. Sometimes, the rest of your life really just gets in the way. 

I chose this entry in particular because the kiddos I refer to in this photo are now grown up, taller than me and are likely going to be paddling out to compete. 

October 10, 2007 
It’s my first morning back in Manila. And after the pattern of the last ten days, it feels strange to wake up in my own bed… in my own room. It doesn’t fit into my day anymore to walk to a kitchen and jusy grab a glass of juice from the fridge. Most of all, how odd to be back in the city and so far away from the island. Far from Siargao’s perfect office view and even more perfect waves.

But more than anything… it’s really this that I miss the most right now:


Siargao only feels like Neverland… but unlike it, these kids do grow up. These are my new batch of grommets. My first batch has grown up and declared themselves too old to be hugged, too old to be following my around the island, and definitely too old to be kissed and coddled. So these groms are my ones from last year… a little bit older… but young enough still to think it’s cool to hang with “Ate Kage.”(In photo: Mike, Ken, Lorse, Enteng, Phillip)

Breakfast beckons. How odd that I can now have pretty much anything I want for brek — waffles, bacon, three cheese toast, garlic rice - but I would much rather be sitting in Ate Layda’s store as the morning sunlight drifts through the trees, sipping on a coffee and budgeting my meal by having only a single egg with toast.

Press Release: Roxy Philippines Rider Nilbie Blancada finishes second at the Maldives Open 2014

Nilbie Blancada

Male, Maldives – September 7, 2014 – Roxy Philippines Team Rider Nilbie Blancada finished second in the Women’s Division during the Maldives Open 2014 after taking on 2013 ASC Women’s Division Champion Rina Kitazawa (JPN), local favorite and resort surf guide Amy Kotch (USA), and 5-time Indonesian Women’s Champion Yasnyiar “Bonne” Gea (INA).

Blancada and Kitazawa first battled head to head during semifinal one, where both natural footers found good scoring waves in the often tricky mid tide lineup. At the end of the seesaw battle it was Nilbie coming out on top, Rina in second place, and Bali’s 15-year-old Pua Johnson eliminated.

Women’s semifinal two saw Amy Kotch post the highest women’s score of the day, an 8.83 out of a possible 10 to combo the rest of the field. Indonesia’s 5 time Women’s Champion Yasnyiar “Bonne” Gea took second spot, while Irina Kosobukina from Russia was eliminated.

The Maldives Open 2014 is brought to you by Asian Surfing Championships (ASC) in cooperation with the Maldives Bodyboarding Association. This ASC Grade 3 event, with a total prize purse of $15,000 over the three divisions of Men’s Open, Women’s, and Bodyboarding, took place on September 3-7 at Lohis Point.

Lohis Point at the Adaaran Select Hudhuran Fushi Resort is a machine-like left-hand wave that peels perfectly down the coral reef for often hundreds of meters, and has been the site of ASP World Qualifying Series (the world’s top professional surfing organization) events in the past due to its quality, consistency, and accessibility. Offering up barrel sections as well as steep wall sections for carves, lip hacks, and the occasional punt section, this wave will allow the competitors to display their full repertoire of maneuvers during their heats, and often all on the same wave.

For more information about the event:
Asian Surfing Championship http://www.asiansurfingtour.com/

Maldives Open 2014 Results:

Dede Suryana

ASC Men’s Open Division

1. Garut Widiarta (INA)
2. Hussain Areef (MAL)
3. Rahtu Suargita (INA)
3. Dede Suryana (INA)

ASC Women’s Division

1. Rina Kitazawa (JAP)
2. Nilbie Blancada (PHL)
3. Amy Kotch (USA)
4. Yasnyiar Gea (INA)

Body Boarding Division

1. Gavin Botha (ZAF)
2. Ali Khushruwan Ahmed (MAL)
3. Ali Sham Raflu (MAL)
4. Mohamed Ihushan (MAL)

About Roxy:

Roxy is a brand of Quiksilver, Inc. (NYSE: ZQK), the world’s leading outdoor sports lifestyle company, which designs, produces and distributes a diversified mix of branded apparel, wintersports equipment, footwear, accessories and related products. The Company’s apparel and footwear brands represent a casual lifestyle for young-­minded people that connect with its boardriding culture and heritage. For more information on Roxy, visit www.roxy.com.

 

Press Release: New Swell Drives Non-Stop Action on Day One of Maldives Open 2014

4 September 2014, Adaaran Hudhuranfushi Resort, Maldives: The sight of a pumping 4-5 foot swell welcomed the competitors as they arrived at Lhohis for first day of the inaugural Maldives Open 2014, and by the time the sun began to sink into the Indian Ocean a full day of surfing action was in the history books with Rounds 1 and 2 of the Men’s Open Division, Round 1 of the Women’s Division, and Round 1 of the Body Boarding Division completed.

Raditya Rondi 

In the ASC Men’s Open Division, the field of 24 surfers representing 10 countries was narrowed down to 8 quarterfinalists by the time the horn sounded a close to the final heat of Round 2 in mid afternoon. Of the 7 Maldivian locals that challenged the field of 17 international competitors, it is the Maldives number 1 ranked surfer Hussain “Iboo” Areef that is now the last man standing to represent his country in the Men’s Open Division. “It’s a challenge being out there against the ASC’s top surfers, but it was honor as well,” said Areef after the event wrapped up for the day. “Those guys are so good, I was really happy to get through to the semi-finals. Anything further than this is a bonus,” he added with a big smile.

The highlight list for the Men’s Division was something of a family affair, with 3-time ASC Men’s Open Champion Raditya Rondi from Bali, Indonesia topping the list with the highest single wave score of 9.0 points (out of a possible 10) as well as the highest heat score of 17.33 points (out of a possible 20), followed by his cousin Garut Widiarta with a highest single wave score of 8.90 and heat score of 16.57. Their other cousin Made “Bol” Adi Putra was third on the list with a high single wave score of 7.77 and a high heat score of 14.60. “Those waves were so fun out there, I didn’t want to get out of the water when my heat was over!” said Widiarta.

Garut Widiarta

With the variety of waves rolling in endlessly heat after heat, it presented a veritable Nirvana of opportunities for Asia’s best pro surfers, and they took full advantage to carve, slice, dice, fly, smash and crash each section of each wave, to the thorough enjoyment of both the spectators and the surfers themselves.

In the last heat of the day for the Men’s Open, Indonesia’s Dede Suryana narrowly escaped elimination, getting out-positioned throughout most of the heat and just nabbing the score he needed in the final minutes to get second place and advance into the quarterfinals. When asked about those final minutes, he replied, “The waves were really good and rippable, but I just seemed to be in the wrong place with one of the other competitors getting position on me. Plus I had changed boards as I saw there were some bigger sets coming in, but it didn’t work that well for me. Luckily at the end I got that one good wave and scored the points I needed!”

In the Women’s Division, it was ASC Women’s Champion Rina Kitazawa who has the distinction of breaking the only surfboard during the day’s competition. She was comfortably ahead in her heat but decided to take a late drop and then charge a fat lipped section that jumped up in front of her. The wave got the better of the exchange but as it was close to the end of the heat her lead was never in jeopardy. She also earned the highest single wave score of the Women’s Division of 8.17, and a total heat score of 15.00.

15 year old Puanani Johnson from Bali impressed the judges with her frontside attack, posting first a solid 7 points and then later adding a 6.6 to her score line to easily win her heat with a total score of 13.60, relegating 6-time Indonesian Women’s champion Yasnyiar “Bonne” Gea to second place.

Pua Johnson 


All the competitors and the spectators are eagerly looking forward to what tomorrow will bring, as with the forecast looking great for another day of surf they will no doubt be in for another treat as the Men’s, Women’s and Body Boarding action continues.

The competitors were all told to be standing by at Lhohis at 8 pm, ready to get on with the action.

Keep up with all the action at the Maldives Open 2014 on Facebook and at the Asian Surfing Championships at www.asiansurfingchampionships.com.

The Maldives Open 2104 is sponsored by the Tourism Ministry of the Maldives, the Adaaran Hudhuran Fushi Resort, Sri Lankan Airlines, Allied Insurance, Kudo Surf, Red Bull, MBC TV M, Print Lab, and Event Maldives. Sanctioned and supported by the Asian Surfing Championships and the Association of Professional Bodyboarders.


For more about the Maldives:

The Adaaran Hudhuran Fushi Resort
http://www.adaaran.com/selecthudhuranfushi/

The Maldives Tourism Department
http://tourism.gov.mv/

The Maldives Body Boarding Association
https://www.facebook.com/m.bodyboarding.a



About the Asian Surfing Championships (ASC)
The Asian Surfing Championships was established in 2010 as the progression of the highly successful Indonesian Surfing Championships that began in Bali, Indonesia in 2004. The mission of the ASC is to develop and progress the sport of surfing in Asia by assisting in the organizing and sanctioning of professional surfing events, which will help their growing surf communities and draw more attention to their areas for the progression of surfing locally, nationally, and throughout the Asian Region.

See more at http://www.asiansurfingtour.com

Press Release: Maldives Open 2014: The Opening Celebration of the Inaugural Event

03SEP14:  Maldives - Dawn revealed a predictably perfect day of surf, leading to an afternoon of celebration at the grand opening of the Maldives Open 2014 Crystal clear water and reeling left walls welcomed a mixed field of local and international surfers as well as supporters and hotel guests to the Adaaran Hudhuran Fushi Resort, home of one of the best waves the archipelago has to offer. But more than a welcome to the opening of this inaugural event, sanctioned by the Asian Surfing Championships, this special gathering went well beyond that joy with official announcements from the Maldives Minister of Tourism that will both improve and protect Maldives surfing for generations to come.

 

After welcoming speech and introduction by Maldives Body Boarding Association’s Vice President Mohamed Khushurwan Ahmed, and a speech by the ASC’s General Manager Tim Hain, it was with a joyful reception that the crowd greeted the words of Mr. Ahmed Adeeb, the Minister of Tourism, as he confirmed that the controversial issue of surf break exclusivity had officially come to an end, and that all Maldives surf breaks would be open to both locals and visitors alike.

Welcome news to the local surfers certainly and to tourists as well, as the Maldives have long represented some of the most pristine waters in some of the most flawless waves in the world, and now they will be welcome for all to enjoy.

 

Going further, Mr. Adeeb reaffirmed his five-year commitment to supporting the Maldives Open Surfing Competition, which is sanctioned by the ASC and organized by the Maldives Body Boarding Association, stating that his intention was to protect and grow the great and exciting sport of surfing for his country

In another impressive announcement, Mr. Adeeb also declared his commitment to expanding an aggressive International Heritage surfing site program to the innumerable perfect waves that break on the outer atolls of this island nation. Actual nature preserves that would protect not only the waves, but the reefs they break over and the stunning sea life that make the Maldives one of the most spectacular surfing destinations on earth.

In closing, he commended the MBBA on their initiative in creating the event with support of the ASC and great sponsors such as the Adaaran Hudhuran Fushi Resort, Sri Lankan Airlines and others, after which a traditional ceremonial dance was performed that reminded all of what a beautiful, exotic place the Maldives are and how important it is for all of us to join in to protect the Maldives culture and her seas, a country that faces the most peril from global warming despite the fact that they contribute nothing to it.  

After the energy of the traditional dance, the local surfers invited all the international surfers into the line-up for a wild sunset session that served as a portent of all the action that is sure to thrill on tomorrow’s dawn as the first heat waxes up and hits the water at 8:00am.

The swell forecast for the Maldives Open 2014 is looking great for the Men’s Open, Women’s and Bodyboarding competitors that will take to the water starting on Thursday morning to battle it out for ASC points and their share of the total $15,000 USD prize money on offer.

So far, The Maldives Open 2014 is living up to its name as one of the most enviable surfing competitions to participate in, and if today is any indication, it will be for generations to come.

Keep up with all the action at the Maldives Open 2014 on Facebook and at the Asian Surfing Championships at www.asiansurfingchampionships.com.

The Maldives Open 2104 is sponsored by the Tourism Ministry of the Maldives, the Adaaran Hudhuran Fushi Resort, Sri Lankan Airlines, Allied Insurance, Kudo Surf, Red Bull, MBC TV M, Print Lab, and Event Maldives.  Sanctioned and supported by the Asian Surfing Championships and the Association of Professional Bodyboarders.

Text and photos by Matt George – Chief Editor of Surf Time Magazine

For more about the Maldives:

The Adaaran Hudhuran Fushi Resort

http://www.adaaran.com/selecthudhuranfushi/

 The Maldives Tourism Department

http://tourism.gov.mv/

The Maldives Body Boarding Association

https://www.facebook.com/m.bodyboarding.a


About the Asian Surfing Championships (ASC)

The Asian Surfing Championships was established in 2010 as the progression of the highly successful Indonesian Surfing Championships that began in Bali, Indonesia in 2004.  The mission of the ASC is to develop and progress the sport of surfing in Asia by assisting in the organizing and sanctioning of professional surfing events, which will help their growing surf communities and draw more attention to their areas for the progression of surfing locally, nationally, and throughout the Asian Region.

See more at http://www.asiansurfingtour.com

Lessons from the line-up

I very recently saw this quote “If you are not willing to learn, no one can help you. If you are determined to learn, no one can stop you.” 

Over a weekend surfing in La Union maybe a month ago, I got tips on how to be a better logger from many different sources. Some them were much younger surfers who have only been surfing for a fraction of the time I have. And if I had a chip on my shoulder, I would have taken umbrage at the thought of these young pups trying to teach this cranky b*tch something new. But here’s the thing. These young’uns? They really know more than I do. In the few years they’ve been surfing, they’ve become incredibly skilled and understand logging in way I am only beginning to. And the tips they had for me? Super helpful. 

So yeah, take help when it is offered, and be thankful there are people who are looking out for you. And then, when a opportunity to pay it forward appears, take it.

"Knees together like a good Catholic girl." Photo by Allen Aligam. 

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