Wednesday Jan 17
FL Surf Championship w/ The Wailers

This October, surfing greats and musical legends will team up for one of the east coast’s top surfing competitions in Jacksonville Beach, Florida. With Kelly Slater’s hometown surfing spot not far away, other legends The Wailers will be providing the soundtrack as waves crash down.

Along with surfing, great music has gone hand in hand, and more specifically, reggae music has partnered with surfers and the biggest competitions for ages. The 2012 Florida Surfing Championship is just the latest in the long line of great events partnered with music, the United Surfing Federation and the Florida Surfing Association.

Some people might argue the ultimate surfing spots in the world, but the most iconic and recognizable surfer of all time, Kelly Slater, grew up surfing the east coast beaches on the Florida peninsula before becoming the only person ever to acquire both the titles of youngest, and also, the oldest surfing world champion. To be among the greats, this event will feature the best and brightest of the Florida surfing circuit and iconic musicians in the reggae field, The Wailers. Florida Surfing Association’s mission is to further the sport of surfing to their members, their families and throughout the State of Florida, and The Wailers could substitute surfing with music and garner the same mission statement for their purpose.

With great entertainment in the water, the fans on the sand will be in the presence of greatness with Aston “Family Man” Barrett on bass, displaying some of the more memorable bass lines and backing line for Bob Marley’s musical success, while performing in front of 24 million fans during live shows. For Florida’s Surfing Championship, this particular occasion brings a free performance during the competition, which could be the bargain on the century to take in the beach weekend this October in Jacksonville Beach.

The surf competition runs from October 4th to October 7th, 2012, and for the music enthusiasts, note the October 6th date with The Wailers headlining on Jacksonville Beach. More musical guests for the three-day entertainment showcase will be announced as the event nears.

Florida Surf Champ. Links
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Article By: Kris Siuta
Photo By: David Norris

One Response to FL Surf Championship w/ The Wailers

  1. Dub Diezel says:

    Great article, and the highlighted points of Slater and surfing in Florida. People don’t realize that even though we don’t get the wave time like the surfers on the Pacific side, we do have some key places with at least 4 ft at lowest of wave height usually at Sebastian, and you would have a blast at these killer surf spots. I compare to as if the wave is like a skate park for surfers, the way it swells. Just gotta watch out for the bull sharks ;). Sebastian Inlet which is where I travel up the coast from south F.L.A. to surf a lot is where Slater dominated as a kid and has such a cool wave with opportuntiy of riding on top of the wave due to the sand bars etc etc,,,, again comparing to like a skate park with the crazy stuff you’ll see short boarders doing there.

    Kelly Slater is the Michael Jordan of surfing and he comes from the F.L.A. He actually was born and lived in Chicago, IL for a little bit as a baby kid, so really he is a midwestern originally like me, but who is the best surfer in the world hahaha. If you’d ask, he of course will say he is from the great CoCoa Beach, FL, where the wonderful Ron Jon’s first store is. Reggae music goes hand in hand with surfing and is the Island of the Sun music, beach music. It’s a plus to have Jamaica as a neighboring country to our state, as I am privileged to know and have many Jamaican-American friends who I learn such a great deal from musically. Besides mastering the many different great Skanking rhythm techniques, and added advice on Bass, it’s pretty cool a phone call away asking for one of my rasta buddies to throw some of their Jamaican Slang tang vocals when I’m DJing or writing new material. I don’t care, white boys even the great (Bradley R.I.P. who comes close) can’t imitate a true Jamaican accent, hahaha. Leave it to da Mon from de island peeps, hahaha., Wambass! Anyhow, Jax Beach will be a cool place to be during this time. Seeing any Wailer jamming is a plus. Inner Circle usually leaves their studio CirlceHouse studios in Miami and sometimes will go up there to add their flavor. It’s awesome to see the talent and many different artists who come through to record there. As well as having Buju Baton as a neighbor in Tamarac, FL. The feds need to release him. Though last I heard he is writing new material even in prison. We’ve heard of the greats like rapper 2Pac writinbg some of their best stuff while locked up. Anyways I know I’m all over the place with typing this comment hahaha, I guess overall pointing out that JaxBeach is where to be those days for celebrating two great things man created. Surfing, and Reggae! Bless!
    Dub Diezel- White Boy ;)

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