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Are you core?

January 16 2009 | Jim's Blog,
by Jim

Yesterday I sat on the rocks at Swamis in San Diego and talked to a reporter. As we sat there the air was 70ish, there wasn't a cloud in the sky and the waves were clean (but tiny). I think it's because I grew up in a snowbelt that I don't take those simple, everyday realities for granted.

I think it's because I know of others that trudge through the snow and ice... that I know I'm really not that "core."

I'm guessing many of us think we're core. We're devoted to the sport of riding waves... maybe we think we're core because we're in the water 3 or more days per week, because we may surf big waves or perhaps because we're sponsored.

The truth is that there is always someone more core than us... and that person may reside in an area that may not even be on our radar. The crews in Canada, Alaska, and the northern regions come to mind... but what about those that practice their craft in the Great Lakes?

These people are fighting local laws for just the right to surf... and then fighting against the elements to chalk up another session.

Read this piece in the NYT today... then let me know if you think you're as core as them.

Photo: T. C. Worley for The New York Times
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