I feel that now it is appropriate to work towards a future where competitive surfing might be allowed to expand upward and outward into a sport that welcomes a wide demographic of water lovers.
Now the argument might be raised that surfing and college attendance must remain mutually exclusive due to the nature of the sport.
I am frustrated by the way in which this tradeoff between college or a professional surfing career tears young surfers between pursuing waves or a degree.
In light of the inclusion of surfing into the realm of Olympic sports, (premiering in Tokyo 2020) I feel now is the time to plant the seed of hope for surfing as an NCAA-regulated sport.
In light of this evolution, there is no reason for the infrastructure of the sport to remain static by further stigmatizing the tradeoff between college and a professional career in surfing.
I stand as an outsider looking into the world of competitive surfing and I can’t imagine myself having to make the choice between college or the sport I love.
But, with this potential increase in the sport’s popularity, there might be athletes (and parents) learning that similar, unsettling truth about the commitment to surfing competitively.
This is because the sport of surfing largely exists in the form of a binary decision: you are either all on board, or you’re out of the water pursuing higher ed.
Read more here: The Inertia