An Open Letter to the Coach of Heitor Alves

This is an open letter to the surfing coach of Mr. Heitor Alves:

I am sure Heitor has a coach because just about everyone has one these days. If you know Mr. Alves or his coach, please have him read this post in my blog. Why? Because Heitor needs some advice. He is seriously under achieving. Rio and the Quicksilver Saquarema were there for the taking and in both events he went out way to early. I felt compelled to write because today I became so angry with what I saw during his heat that I turned off the computer mid-heat and I never do this.

Dear surf coach of Heitor Alves,

First off, Heitor needs to realize something. Last year was not a fluke. You see, Heitor should probably be the #1 rated Brazilian surfer on the World Championship Tour. I know he suffered a recent injury and maybe this is playing into “the problem”.

My “Problem”

Coach, I understand Heitor’s problem because I was in his shoes once. I was lost. Was I the hassler? Was I going to surf like Shane Dorian? Was I going to kill every turn? The problem was that I was trying so hard to find an identity based upon some other successful professional  surfer that what I really needed to do was so simple.  I just needed to catch a wave and concentrate on just surfing to what was in front of me. You see, Heitor is in a “surfing” contest. Surfing means to ride a wave. When Heitor is sitting for 3/4 of a heat, that means he is not surfing! Sure Sunny Garcia loved to sit there and catch 2 waves but we also know that Sunny is not advancing much lately. You have to take some chances and build house. If you wipe out, well, just paddle back out for 2 minutes and look for another one! If you reach 5 minutes in a heat and you can’t find a 5 to back up your 9…you are doing something real wrong! Especially when your fellow competitors have ridden 6 waves and your score line is a 9 and a 1.7.

Time Management

Surfing a heat is mainly about time management. Most surfers try to get out and get a quick one right off the bat to start off their heat. Then you try to build upon that score. If you know you don’t have a score by point “X” in the heat then you should know it is time to go to plan B which may mean move to a different section or paddle in more. Plan B does not involve just sitting there waiting for the set of the day to come to you.

Working as a Manufacturer

Today your client lost out once again because he was just sitting there waiting for a great wave. I find this to be unacceptable for one reason only. I know where you are from Heitor. Does this ring a bell? Diario? Icarai? Praia do Futuro? You see, I have spent a lot of time like you have connecting the shifty little windy peaks of Ceara. So I know what kind of waves you grew up surfing. The waves coming in today at Saquarema were miles better than an above average day at Ponte do Metalica for example. So when you noticed Keanu Asing moving in and catching scores, you should have done the same. You could have easily have paddled in and wrangled up a 7 which would have seen you advance.

So Mr. Alves, change this lame-brain strategy now and start winning! Get rid of your coach…or get one! Your big carves are working! Mix it up with your airs and any of the guys above you in the ratings are fair game.

Catch more waves!!!!


About 1stpeaksteve

Welcome to The Side Wedge! The Side Wedge is a product of the journey through life of Steve Zima. Former professional surfer, a writer, surf coach, and hospitality manager. This is a collection of travel tips, motivation, and stories from my past. Finally, I offer surf coaching through The Side Wedge. Please feel free to contact me with questions if you want to improve your performance today! Thanks for reading!
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2 Responses to An Open Letter to the Coach of Heitor Alves

  1. I’d probably be one of those people waiting for the wave to come. I’m so lazy when it comes to sports -__-

    Very interesting post as usual!

  2. Tinkerbell says:

    Your blog is so beautiful, and the images are inspiring; full of life and vigor,
    but after this post, I really just want doughnuts now.


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