I was going to write an article about this episode, but I’ve decided not to.  I’ll just outline the discussion and I would like to get your thoughts on it in the comments.  I appreciate Giorgio’s candor and think that this discussion will create a needed conversation about evolution on standup surfboard design by the larger manufacturers.

Production Boards vs. Custom Boards – who should be riding what and what athletes are riding

Why are SUP Surfers racing more and more?

The Vibe in California vs. East Coast vs. Europe for SUP Surfing

Giorgio gives a Backside Surfing Clinic

Why is SUP Surfing Closely Linked to Big Waves and Should it be?

 

Hawaii 2015 from Giorgio Gomez on Vimeo.

Published by Erik Antonson

Erik is the founder and host of the PaddleWoo podcast, 2X Costa Rica National SUP Surf Champion and owner of Blue Zone SUP Camps.

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  1. Only recently discovered this Podcast, and loving it! Will gradually work my way through most of your already recorded episodes.

    With regard to this episode, I think that if top pros and enthusiastic amateurs are riding the same boards (which kind of a cool concept), it almost certainly means that AT LEAST one party is on the wrong board, and possibly both.

    Full-time pros have a level of balance and skill that everyday enthusiasts just don’t have and thus should be able to ride more ‘sensitive’ equipment.

    I think pros, at least for surfing, should be riding customs, and maybe occasionally they could have special “production board only” contests as an interesting sideshow.

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