Sunday, October 16, 2011

It's all in Their Hands

These are the judges, all five of them. They determine the points awarded to the the wave riders for:
1. size of the wave
2. length of the ride
3. control in a critical spot, and "cut backs" or as some oldtimers call it--"hotdoggin"
Each heat is 12 minutes long and has 4-6 surfers in it.
Doug Deal, the judge closest to you, has been judging for 40 years. He coached the world's top surfer, Kelly Slater, when Kelly, a Floridian, was six years old.

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