Eric Geiselman has Lots of Friends!

I always enjoy posting vids and adding my thoughts about the subject, the break, or the performance. This video is no exception.

The star is Eric Geiselman. Eric is an excellent surfer with a progressive bag of tricks. He seems to fare reasonably well in contests too.

For whatever reason, our area seems to a bad trend. We have excellent surfers but they never seem to reach the pedestal they deserve. In the long run, you tend to see the Big Fish in the Small Pond mentality set in.

Instead of grinding it out and trying to get into the WCT, the local pros become heroes at winning the small local pro contests.

Beyond Eric and his obvious talent, when you watch the video you will begin to see brown shapes in the water during the drone shots. Those folks are our famous sharks. They litter the lineup like giant toothy piles of seaweed.

So what it is like surfing with sharks all over the place?

Well, you always have to be careful. I mean, they are sharks! And it can be offsetting as well. You are concentrating on surfing and something pops up in front of you and it throws you off. But you get used to it the best you probably can.

For how many sharks migrate to the inlet, it would seem like it would be a blood bath ala some movie from the Sci-Fy Channel. Oddly enough, it does not seem to work out that way. However, the surf will pick up and the water will become murky and the overly excited sharks will bite someone on the foot. You know this. So you try not to do like the other surfers do like walk around in the break or not immediately get back on your board.

So enjoy and please do not adopt our nonchalant attitude if you live in Santa Cruz or Africa!

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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