Not just because it would be entertaining, but also because it would help validate the legitimacy of top 34. “There absolutely should be a big-wave spot or two on tour,” Albee told me. “If these guys are called the best surfers in the world, then they need to be the most well-rounded surfers—not just the best in 2 to 8-foot waves.
Is it fair that these guys are deemed the best competitive surfers in the world without having to prove their mettle in huge waves? “No, it’s not,” says Layer. “Surfers who get paid that much money to surf should be physically and mentally prepared to challenge the ocean in its most dynamic state and should surf well in a variety of conditions.
In fact, he told me, most guys would charge if the schedule included a big-wave event. “I’m sure half the guys on tour have never ridden a 10’0”–especially the younger guys,” says Kerr. “A lot of them would really enjoy it.
When I first considered this idea, I was worried for a hot second that I’d become a calloused spectator, so bored by competitive surfing that I’d send out fair-weathered ‘CT guys to fumble around on big-wave guns and dodge 30-foot closeout sets all for the sake of entertainment.
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