So you start surfing waves, and you get darn good. Pretty soon you’re outshining guys around you who’ve been ripping waves for years. You can totally out manoeuvre and out trick them… and you’ve got that perfect balance of fearlessness vs. respect for the ocean (killer combo). What’s more, people in the know have started to notice! Ah… what a dream!!
Truthfully, regarding hitting it BIG, it’s more brutal than ever out there. You’d have to be extra extra awesome to be in with any chance of getting sponsored, let alone getting on tour. Daydream blown. ;)
Thing is, maybe… just maybe… you’re reading this as a talented young grom, and sponsorship is within your reaches. :D Is there anything you can do to harness your raw talent and make this your reality?!?
First off, have a look at surfer mag’s article from 2013… still more than relevant.
If you’re still dead set on ‘making it’, here are a few things you can do to increase your chances of sponsorship.
• Get a mate to help you take some rad pics of your riding and then create an epic ‘sponsor me’ video. For inspiration look into how the pro guys work it here!
• Then watch this sound advice on using social media to increase your sponsorship chances. Thanks George!
• Join any surf associations near you. It’s always good to increase your surfing network and knowledge, and this might be a good place to start - see our ‘bosses’ section for all the big kahunas around.
• Follow the pros’ progress, cos if you’re aiming to emulate them then you’ve gotta keep watchin them! Check out our media section and keep up with the events calendar on our main page.
• Enter local comps near you to maximise your surfing savvy & experience.
Finally, just remember getting sponsored shouldn’t be key to your surfing happiness. If you’ve got a deep connection to the surf you’ll know how seriously awesome it is to be surfing just because… so no worries if you’re not emblazoned with big names - you’ll still totally rock. :D
As a final thought, here’s a great vid about 14-year-old Kanoa Igarashi. Watch on to give yourself an idea of what it would mean to take on the waves super seriously.
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Men's Challenger Series - Ballito Pro 2022
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