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Florida Surfers Are The Best

July 13, 2006 By Gus in Miami: Sports NewsMiscellaneous  | 2 Comments

ABOVE: 7-time world surfing champion and Florida local Kelly Slater.

A friend pointed me to this article from the St. Petersburg Times that reports Florida is now the dominant surfing state:

Florida, once considered a surfing nowhereland, is now king of the waves.

Cocoa Beach’s Kelly Slater, a surfing icon, is a seven-time world champion. C.J. Hobgood, a rising star from Satellite Beach, won a world title in 2001. Damien Hobgood, C.J’s twin brother, is ranked in the top 20. His older brother, Shea Lopez, has won numerous contests on the pro circuit.

When these five surfers join forces for X Games competitions, they’re unstoppable, helping the East Coast team beat the West Coast team for three straight years. The streak was snapped this year, due mostly to Slater and the Hobgoods deciding not to attend.

Being from California, and spending time in Hawaii, I’m not sure I agree with the title of this post.

It’s no lie some great surfers come from Florda, but to say that we are “the dominant surfing state”. I guess we will have to wait for the next X-Games to see.

Where do you think the best surfers are from? Post you answer in the comments.


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2 Comments on

"Florida Surfers Are The Best"

TheBigHoDad says:

very simple answer to this question..
the best surfers in the world are from 3 and only 3 locales:

1.  So Cal
2.  Hawaii
3.  Australia

don’t bother with any arguments cause ya know ur a liar.

Posted on 07/14/2006 at 4:48 PM

Gus says:

Funny, for being theBigHoDad, you know an awful lot about surfing.

Thanks for the comment!

Posted on 07/14/2006 at 4:58 PM

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