Excellent response. Thanks
Look at the point spread between first and last in your typical 4 man heat. It's usually under 10 points with best 3 wave being judged. This means that you must get the best waves in the heat, perform well and ride the wave all the way in. Many kick out before the wave ends giving up 2-3 points per wave. If you catch lousy waves, that's a loss of another 1-3 points per wave. Not everyone has the ability to perform on the same level but "ring generalship" can get you a long way. Catching the best waves and riding them to their conclusion can definately get you through many heats you would have otherwise lost.
I just had a flash back! Nineteen seventy something. My buddies and I watching the Pipe Masters. Probably Wide World of Sports with Henning and Jenner? A skinny kid with long blond hair from Florida charging from way to far back and pulling into crushing close-out tubes. We thought the kid won on balls alone. I think they gave it to Mr. Lopez or Mr. Russel. Was that you Mr. Loehr? Mike
That was Jeff Crawford. He ripped!
That's right! Sorry, Greg. Here's another one. Old Surfer Mag photo caption about the same time. "Jeff Crawford Shoulder Flexing at Black's" I can still see the picture in my mind. He did(still?)rip. Mike
the only way pay the judges off !
Thank you Mr. Loehr. Very helpful. What is "ring generalship?"
So its better to ride the foam all the way in? Or should I pull out of the foam soon after it closes out? Also, if its small and blown out, which is better: trying to ride the unbroken part of the wave struggling to make some good moves or just riding the foam doing spinners (on a longboard), switching feet, standing on one foot, maybe a coffin, riding backwards etc.
when you are good and tired go back to the contest beach to ogle the groupies
Ring generalship is a boxing term. It means that one fighter is controlling the action while the other is basically following his lead. Ali won lots of fights using ring generalship. In a surf contest this means you want to control the action in the water (lineup), i.e., you get the best waves and dictate what the other competitors get to ride. There are many tricks to this, not all nice. I'll give you example. I was in a heat with a young up and comer. A set came and I had position. There were 4 waves in the set. I turned for the first like I was going to take it. As soon as he pulled back, I turned around and started paddling out for the second, which I did the same again. And the third and finally took the forth. This left him without a wave for the set. I know, kinda shitty, but that's how it goes. I had it done to me and if that youngster was smart he used it in the future. When I paddled back out I paddled under him (to the beach side) and got position on him again. I got every good wave of the heat and he got leftovers. He lost. There was a controversial heat a few years ago where Slater got an interference called on Bechen at an event at Huntington. Everyone was shocked at what Slater had done. So cut throat. Bottom line, Slater did what Bechen allowed him to do. Bechen blew it. And Slats schooled him. Anyone who is not thick skinned enough to deal with this kind of crap shouldn't surf contests. With the Ocean Ave team, anytime we would draw each other, we would try to purposely screw each other up. We actually thought it was fun. When we drew someone from a competing team and there were two or more of us in the heat, we would tag team the other guys. And some of them would do the same to us. It's kind of like debating. Trying to get an advantage on the other guy. And it's not personal. It's only a surf contest after all. Next weekend there'll be another.