Stab Podcast: "There Is A Shit Load Of Hero Worship In The Surfing Community"
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Stab Podcast: “There Is A Shit Load Of Hero Worship In The Surfing Community”

Jed Smith analyzes the bizarre social matrix inside of a surf town.

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On this week’s episode of the Drop, Danny Johnson exchanges words with veteran Stab contributor Jed Smith. Jed recently launched two compelling articles on the site, one which puts surfing on a pedestal and another that tears it down. Let’s start with the ugly:

Jed wrote a piece highlighting the unhealthy social hierarchy in ‘Surf Towns’ which was uncomfortably accurate. He touched on the false sense of entitlement skilled surfers can develop and how a smooth cutback directly contributes nothing to one’s character.

Your talent on a surfboard is a useless measure, and is significantly less meaningful than being a good parent, friend, and functioning member of society.

Luckily, with the help of Brad Gerlach, Jed also cranked out a guide that provides us with some tips to get more joy out of our surf session. Even when life gives you onshore closeouts, there is still a way to make lemonade.

Surfing is a form of meditation, but only if you allow it to be. Click here for the secret formula to liquid tranquility.

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