Some people like professional surfing. Some great surfers spent countless hours growing up to the sound of the commentator and under a scaffold set up along a beach.
Then there is me.
Once I decided to surf contests, not only did I take up residence with my fellow groms; but I also became immersed in the world of pro surfing. My weekends were spent traveling to contests, attending competitors meetings, surfing, and doing what they would let me do.
Here are a few photos:
Dick Catri speaking to the competitors at the Sundek Classic. To his left is John Holeman. John invented our modern style of aerial surfing. To his right is John Griffin.
Some of the competitors. The guy in the green shirt is Tim Gilley. Tim was one of the first surfers from North Central Florida that had international contest success in the 1980s.
In this photo there is Wes Laine mixed in amongst the competitors. He is the tallest guy. Wes was an international pro from Virginia Beach.
My father, Frank Zima, commentating at the Sundek Classic.
My father and I on the stage watching the event. No matter how cool they might be, it seems that I could never get the pith helmet fad to catch on.
Alas, it is the weekend and work is calling. I also have to churn out a post for Noise to Note! Let us multi-task!
Surf tour. Magical surf tour. Mystery tour.
The Beatles – Magical Mystery Tour!!