What does it mean to be a professional surfer these days? Most people will never know the real reason, but we’ve asked a few professional surfers out there what they think of pro surfing. Read on and find out what the pros really think about their sport.
Matt Archbold:”Professional surfing gives me the freedom to do what I want. I know that it’s work, but not in the eyes of most people. I don’t have to sit in a cubicle all day!”
Gavin Beschen:”It has given me the opportunity to continue doing what I enjoyed doing as a kid, and to be close to my family.”
Micah Byrne:”Aggressiveness. That’s what it takes if you want to win contests. That and a lot of hard work.”
CJ Hobgood:”Professional surfing allows me to make a living, to surf as much as possible, and to keep surfing throughout my life.”
Bobby Martinez:”To me, professional surfing means following the tour around and trying to win a world title. Otherwise you could be a soul surfer, just freesurfing, and you could be the best surfer in the world. I like contests because I’m a competitive person, but I whenever I’m in the water I’m having fun.”
Sean Moody:”It has provided the chance to have many different experiences and has given me the freedom to meet new people and travel around the world.”
Strider Wasilewski:”Not much. It’s kind of hard to take professional surfing seriously. Surfing is something that you do because you love it, not because of the money.”
Rick Smith:It means partying with all the bros in Newps, dude. Full kegger action at all the industry events. Pro surfing to me means free hook-ups and free booze, bro!