Magical Mystery Tour

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!!


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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3 Responses to Magical Mystery Tour

  1. Once passion gets a hold of you you can never let go! Love the photos!

    • 1stpeaksteve says:

      Thanks Katie and glad you liked the pictures!

      I find a lot of commonalities in creating and having passion. I know you feel the same way. I can tell that your goal lies far beyond making a ton of money. It is great seeing how much you support other businesses and how much you want your local community to flourish.

      Also, thanks for your support over the years. I hope your new year is a prosperous one!

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