Kelly Slater: listening to four heat tactics at the same time

The best pro surfers in the world couldn't survive in a competitive circuit without heat tactics. Strategy, mind games and self-confidence play crucial roles in professional surfing.

There's too much at stake when you're trying to ride the best waves. Money, glory, points and potential future sponsors.

A successful surfer has preferences while competing in a man-on-man or four-man heat format. There are three grand blocks of surf strategies: psychological, wave selection and time management. Each is relevant and may be utilized simultaneously.

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CJ Hobgood: life in aerial mode

CJ Hobgood was the man of the match in the second day of competition at the Billabong Rio Pro, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The North American surfer scored the highest heat-total of the entire event, 16.50 out of 20, in the clean two-to-four foot (1 metre) lefthanders of the Arpoador surf spot.

"That’s what makes those heats fun to surf and it’s exciting to watch," Hobgood said. "I have so much respect for Julian (Wilson) because these kids can come back so easily no matter what scores they need. I had a good start and had to be comfortable with my performance win or lose. It was exciting and I’m stoked to make it, I have so much fun surfing against these guys."

Joel Parkinson, another big hitter, was right when he adopted the strategy of waiting for the outside set waves and matched the day’s highest single-wave score of a 9 out of 10 for powerful backhand surfing to eventually eliminate fellow countryman Kai Otton.

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Pixrider: get addicted to it

Clement Levet, a 28 year-old Anglet surfer, has created Pixrider.com, a social network specially driven to surfers and their wave experiences. The French web designer thought of an internet platform that allows you to share, discover
and exchange sports experiences with riders from all around the planet.

In Pixrider.com, you can publish videos, surf sessions, trips you've made and all surfing-related footage. The site aims to attract surfers, industry professionals, beginners or experienced enthusiasts. But it’s also for photographers, journalists, brand managers, stores, shops and surf event organizers.

"The site was born of a discussion between friends, following an epic session at a Basque Country beach. After that exciting three hour session, the idea of creating a social network designed exclusively for surfers extreme sports enthusiasts came naturally", says Levet.

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