Mums/Dads forcing their Kids to surf..?

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wellymon started the topic in Wednesday, 10 Jun 2015 at 3:47pm

This might strike a blow to all the Mums and Dads out there who have forced their Kids to surf....?

I'm not a longtime contributor to these threads like others but I for one, have noticed the same ol surfing gibberish that gets regurgitated week after week.

IE.... Crowds, Drop Ins, Snaking, Secret Breaks, Wave Heights, My wave this My wave that, Crowds, Crowds and Crowds again.

The main reason for crowds are the Mums and Dads forcing their own kids to surf...!
I see it every day now, surf schools with the Mums and Dads on the beach watching relentlessly if their kid is gonna stand up and be like the Bald one and make millions surfing a life away, which they would of loved to do themselves.
Fair enough I say but you have to come to a conclusion, that why there are so many surfers now in this generation X or Y or whatever you want to call it, is because of your own doings.....
Take it on the chin and next time get the snip or just let the young one become a computer geek or what ever he /she wants to do, stop forcing it down their throats, just so it keeps the crowds down.....

Just on a side note, my Mum and Dad never surfed or forced things down my throat, oops except for vegies.
I found surfing myself and experienced the ride on my own doings...

Peace out :)

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thermalben commented Wednesday, 10 Jun 2015 at 7:09pm

Dunno about any evidence that there's a plague of parents 'forcing' kids to surf. I reckon there's a ten-fold more Soccer Mums than Surfers Mums per given region. How about tennis? Piano lessons? Karate? 

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zenagain commented Wednesday, 10 Jun 2015 at 9:01pm

Jeez, come to Japan. I don't know when those poor little buggers sleep. Most go to school on the weekends or what's called 'Juku' which are cram schools. I feel sorry for Japanese kids, leisure is a very rare commodity in their lives.

I see very few kids learning to surf here. In a way, I think surfing is kind of dying out. Us oldies are definitely in the majority. In my area anyway.

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stunet commented Wednesday, 10 Jun 2015 at 9:13pm

Longtime Swellnet contributor welly wrote:
Just on a side note, my Mum and Dad never surfed or forced things down my throat...I found surfing myself and experienced the ride on my own doings.

Same experience for me Welly. For me, surfing's allure was that parents weren't around and that we could do whatever we wanted. Surfing represented something that had enormous appeal, and as soon as I could I ditched all organised sport and just surfed. Didn't want to join boardrider's clubs, they just seemed an extension of cricket, footy, and soccer, where grown ups were around and kept the order.

Now I've got three boys and I'm torn between guiding them towards surfing - cos if I'm honest I'd dearly love to surf with them when they're older - and having them go off and find their own space away from my parental influence. Deep down I know that the healthiest thing is for them to find something, anything, that appeals to them the same way that surfing appealled to me.

But, like I said, I hope that that something is surfing, and if it means in a few years the crowd increases by three then everyone will just have to deal with it!

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wellymon commented Wednesday, 10 Jun 2015 at 9:18pm

stunet wrote:

Longtime Swellnet contributor welly wrote:
Just on a side note, my Mum and Dad never surfed or forced things down my throat...I found surfing myself and experienced the ride on my own doings.

Same experience for me Welly. For me, surfing's allure was that parents weren't around and that we could do whatever we wanted. Surfing represented something that had enormous appeal, and as soon as I could I ditched all organised sport and just surfed. Didn't want to join boardrider's clubs, they just seemed an extension of cricket, footy, and soccer, where grown ups were around and kept the order.

Now I've got three boys and I'm torn between guiding them towards surfing - cos if I'm honest I'd dearly love to surf with them when they're older - and having them go off and find their own space away from my parental influence. Deep down I know that the healthiest thing is for them to find something, anything, that appeals to them the same way that surfing appealled to me.

But, like I said, I hope that that something is surfing, and if it means in a few years the crowd increases by three then everyone will just have to deal with it!

Well said Stu;)

Our brains are too small at the moment to comprehend the reality of what's happening in our forests . We're only just waking up so to speak . The big problem is we think we know everything, we are specks of dust on a timeline and we know nothing .

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toneranger commented Monday, 15 Jun 2015 at 7:39pm

i don't think you can force any leisure activity on kids .they either like it or they don't.got my son into basketball and surfing and and he ditched them both for grid iron and brazilian jui jitsu which he excelled at.i didn't really care as long as he was doing something he loved.

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indo-dreaming commented Monday, 15 Jun 2015 at 8:03pm

Its pretty bad where i live every surfer parent even non surfer parents are getting their young kids into surfing, the board riders even have a special program called super grooms that is hugely popular.

I guess i can't blame them, i only have one kid a girl 1 year old and I'm already getting her on the skatey just so she gets use to the motion and so far she loves it.

Me, when i grew up in the same area there was no serious surfers my age only guys slighty older a few guy my age surfed but was more a summer thing and they never got right into it, i can thank my old man though he basically bought me a board and took me surfing.

Please Stunet give me an ignore button for Talking Turkey, Shatners Basoon, Dale Cooper, Factotum, Pupkin, and any new fake profile he decides to create.

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wingnut2443 commented Monday, 15 Jun 2015 at 9:30pm

Yeah, me too Stu .. would live to share waves with my gidget.

She's been indoctrinated into surfing since, well before she could walk. As a toddler we'd play in the shorey, and she loved getting smashed by the waves. For a kid who is generally risk averse, she loves the waves, handles a good wipeout and comes up smiling.

That said, she's now 10 and while interested in surfing is not gripped by it ... she loves water and waves, but a bit spooked still from a few wipeouts with a board a couple of years back. Loves body surfing though. So, intime, she may find the passion again, it's up to her, but there is the very frequent prompt for me ;)

Crowds due to parents ... Hahahaaaa, how many of the kids you surfed with still surf today?

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*FFW - Few Fun Waves ... that's what it's all about for me.

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pointy commented Tuesday, 16 Jun 2015 at 12:13pm

my three kids had a go at surfing and just weren't into it and I am, in a way, happy with that as surfing is 'me' time. It's when I get to do what i want when I want, sometimes by myself and sometimes with mates but it always gives me a break from the wife and kids.

I know someone who bought their 4 year old a custom board which is totally over the top

But, I agree with Ben, most of the pushy parents that I see are pushing their kids into league and soccer

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freeride76 commented Tuesday, 16 Jun 2015 at 2:52pm

I had my first surf at the Point the other day with my daughter. She was into it and then not and now is really keen. Watching her get a head high freight train was a total buzz, one of the highlights of my surfing life.

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yocal commented Wednesday, 17 Jun 2015 at 10:00am

my take on it is like this: I don't care if my daughter learns to surf or not, she is free to do what inspires her. but if she doesn't like the beach... she's gunna have a tough trot!

Go deeper Taylor, go deeper!

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wellymon commented Wednesday, 17 Jun 2015 at 3:18pm

All good fair calls from above, maybe it's just a GC thing up here IMO.
I'm for every walking down the beach seeing surf schools with mums and dads on the beach watching their little tackers. Now when surfing places I'm seeing shit loads of groms in the water getting pampered by Daddy...? Surf trainers on the beach with the kids wearing helmets and microphones directly to a coach on the beach who are doing actions like Occy in the Green Iguana..... :)......!
Uuuummmmmm anyways was just a thought and a visualisation call from myself.
Cheers, Sorry to offend any parents;)

Our brains are too small at the moment to comprehend the reality of what's happening in our forests . We're only just waking up so to speak . The big problem is we think we know everything, we are specks of dust on a timeline and we know nothing .

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wellymon commented Wednesday, 17 Jun 2015 at 3:22pm

wingnut2443 wrote:
Crowds due to parents ... Hahahaaaa, how many of the kids you surfed with still surf today?

All of them plus their kids;) and their best mates kids,dads and mums..cousins uncles and aunties kids as well.....

Our brains are too small at the moment to comprehend the reality of what's happening in our forests . We're only just waking up so to speak . The big problem is we think we know everything, we are specks of dust on a timeline and we know nothing .

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shaun commented Wednesday, 17 Jun 2015 at 6:12pm

Yeah, most of my mates still surf, 2 out of the 3 of them.

I'm the scab you keep picking off and is there again the next day.

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wellymon commented Wednesday, 17 Jun 2015 at 7:50pm

Moi and Morris... ;)........!

Our brains are too small at the moment to comprehend the reality of what's happening in our forests . We're only just waking up so to speak . The big problem is we think we know everything, we are specks of dust on a timeline and we know nothing .

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shaun commented Wednesday, 17 Jun 2015 at 7:54pm

Yeah, southy doesn't surf anymore,
But he gives good weather.

I'm the scab you keep picking off and is there again the next day.

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wellymon commented Wednesday, 17 Jun 2015 at 8:15pm

Cryptic weather not like the Dawg,

OOOps was that cryptic...?

I mean the Sheepio

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Sheepdog commented Wednesday, 17 Jun 2015 at 10:48pm

lol...
Son...... If you don't get barreled in the next set, I'm killing your guinea pig.....

Sheepdog

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southey commented Thursday, 18 Jun 2015 at 12:14am

V funny sheepo .
It was the pet fox terrier at my place . Prick was going to make me pull the trigger too !
Though once you've done it once at early age it becomes second nature .
Stop the scandalous rumours Shaun .
Rumours of my death are mere Chinese whispers , and grossly over the top .
And like other whispers of last Saturday , they shall remain . Isn't that right Goofy ,
Those sort of waves are to die for .
Posting shit like that won't get me posting proof in these walls ,
Let's just say that you can you have your head dips in front of cameras " praying " to the Rock anyday .
Tunnel vision is much more exciting . Son ;-)

" SA's Reserve Capacity "

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goofyfoot commented Thursday, 18 Jun 2015 at 5:53am

Very cryptic once again Southey..
What is "the rock"??!

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goofyfoot commented Thursday, 18 Jun 2015 at 5:57am

And head dips??
Or were you not talking to me?!
Never do know with you..

Ps. See you there Sunday ;)
Turn those location services off when you take the photos next time hey ;/

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shaun commented Thursday, 18 Jun 2015 at 7:06am

Generally Southy just mumbles to himself Goofy.

Yes with a bit of digging I've found his instagram account

I'm the scab you keep picking off and is there again the next day.

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southey commented Thursday, 18 Jun 2015 at 10:14am

Goofy , don't worry I wasn't referencing u .
Shauno was referencing that if it's not on Swellnet
Then it didn't happen . ( as his image was inadvertently splashed
On these walls praying at his alter ).
I'm so paranoid I even save false passwords onto my
Phone just in case I lose it .
As for Instagram I'm too old to have worked out its purpose !
Not sure on your Sunday call , I would have thought sat. Would be good to
Go long , and Sunday will be spots you won't find / know .
PS banks change by the hour in that region.
Although I will say I did see a certain right going unsurfed that
Was starting to look near EPIC which either means it was about turn on
Or had just fine so. Infact I reckon with the patterns we've had since that it will be
Right city next time the swell dips .

" SA's Reserve Capacity "

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goofyfoot commented Thursday, 18 Jun 2015 at 2:13pm

"Sunday will be spots you won't find/know"
Haha yeah maybe for the spots your thinking of, but that's a big call!
A. It's a bloody long coastline
B. It's gunna be solid and offshore, waves everywhere
C. I've been surfing longer than 6 months..

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shaun commented Thursday, 18 Jun 2015 at 3:11pm

I'll be surfing a break starting with C in bay with 5 other C's.
Southy will have figured it out :-)))

I'm the scab you keep picking off and is there again the next day.

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southey commented Thursday, 18 Jun 2015 at 6:02pm

I must say the pink camel toe in the top right corner of my page is quite distracting .
Yes Shaun good time for it , a little cold down there at night though . I heard you at the first time you dropped hints , just don't wan't to draw attention to it . Especially after all that travel got you less qual. waves .
Goofy if you knew where to go you would more often . ;-)
It's a paradox sometimes , too much swell /good winds or swell too small winds shifty .

" SA's Reserve Capacity "

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shaun commented Thursday, 18 Jun 2015 at 9:18pm

Anywhere is generaly better than Vicco southy cept Gippsland of course

I'm the scab you keep picking off and is there again the next day.

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Roy Stuart commented Monday, 20 Jul 2015 at 6:39pm

I don't really teach my kids to surf, I just give them the opportunity and keep an eye on them.

Surfing's perceived context is different now, it's just another sport now it seems.

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blindboy commented Monday, 20 Jul 2015 at 7:04pm

Are you aware that Roy us a holocaust denier? Please do not reply to any of his posts.

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udo commented Monday, 20 Jul 2015 at 7:11pm

Out of line BB

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blindboy commented Monday, 20 Jul 2015 at 7:22pm

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Roy Stuart commented Monday, 20 Jul 2015 at 7:26pm

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blindboy commented Monday, 20 Jul 2015 at 7:51pm

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brutus commented Monday, 20 Jul 2015 at 7:55pm

udo wrote: Out of line BB

hmm spilt any altar boys lately udo?

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brutus commented Monday, 20 Jul 2015 at 7:56pm

Roy Stuart wrote:

is that you Roy..wow??

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Roy Stuart commented Monday, 20 Jul 2015 at 8:09pm

brutus wrote:
Roy Stuart wrote:

is that you Roy..wow??

My cousin.

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tonybarber commented Wednesday, 22 Jul 2015 at 11:14am

I doubt whether any mum or dad is forcing their kids. I reckon the kids are forcing their mums and dads to take them down the beach. Smart kids, nowadays.

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rule303 commented Saturday, 1 Aug 2015 at 7:35pm

free surf with my 7 yr old today after his basketball , 2 team members doing a paid surfgroms at same beach and break seriously funny.

so many parents fill their kids days with paid activities, enough said.

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wellymon commented Saturday, 1 Aug 2015 at 8:49pm

" 2 team members doing a paid surfgroms at same beach and break seriously funny."

x2.....?
Enough said.

Our brains are too small at the moment to comprehend the reality of what's happening in our forests . We're only just waking up so to speak . The big problem is we think we know everything, we are specks of dust on a timeline and we know nothing .