As mentioned above, I really can't think of too many folks that train and train and train the way EJ does. It litterally is all he does. Maybe a better way to say it isn't so much that he trains is that he just paddles. His home hole (RI) is one of the best features in the US. When he is home he is on it a minimum of twice a day...every day it runs (which is like 300+ days a year.)
He is the most competitive person I have ever met. And the difference in my humble opinion is that in competitiion, you have to know how to compete... You might have thrown the biggest move ever caught on tape, but if you can't adopt it into a winning routine, your gonna loose.
Nick on the other hand lives with them and is very much being instilled with the rigorous training schedule, but the difference with him, is that he grew up and learned to paddle on Bus, Mini Bus, and also Garb. It's all he paddled until the last few years of traveling. I really can't think of a more BIG wave/ big air rider (although there are always more)... he's just that good.
Boo'ing someone after they won... Unless you get busted with steriod of some sort, that is so weak it's hard to believe it happened. I wasn't there, so I can't comment, but if it's true, its dispicable.
If you have issue with the winner, take it up with the judges. Beyond that, being a sore looser is about as ugly as one can get.
The flows are jump'n!!! Get after it!!!!
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