John Mayer's Real Estate Blog: Awesome Tandem Surfers at the Cocoa Beach NKF Surfing Festival Sept., 1-5, 2011

Awesome Tandem Surfers at the Cocoa Beach NKF Surfing Festival Sept., 1-5, 2011

These tandem surfers are awesome! It's hard enough to surf solo but try holding 100 plus pounds over your head with one hand while balancing on a moving board. This 26th Annual Festival supports the National Kidney Foundation and is the place to be on Labor Day Week End in Cocoa Beach. Running from Sept. 1 through 5 this year, the Pro-Am Event has raised hundreds of thousands of dollars for charity and given both young and seasoned surfers a chance to shine in the spotlight. I'll post a second video soon with more bikinis (and surfers). :-)

Tandem Surfers

 This is the 5 minute video I put together from about 45 minutes of HD filming. It is best viewed in HD 720p or 1080p depending on your internet speed and keep in mind YouTube reduces the quality to save bandwidth. What I see on my computer is much sharper but this rendition is acceptable. Video Camera: Panasonic HDC-TM90. The still photos were captured from the video.

 

 Sail, Surfers and Power!

 Tandem Surfers

 How does she do that and who is that muscle man!

 Tandem Surfers

Athletic prowess at it's best!

 Tandem Surfers

Now that's strength and balance!

Tandem Surfers

How can you get any better than that?

Tandem Surfers

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Comment balloon 28 commentsJohn Mayer • September 07 2011 10:40PM

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I have seen surfers before but never anything like that.  It has to take true athletes to do either the surfing or the balancing act! Wow!

Posted by Evelyn Johnston, The People You Know, Like and Trust! (Friends & Neighbors Real Estate) about 8 years ago

Evelyn - I agree and I was mesmerized the whole time. They were great!

Posted by John Mayer, Your Beach Area Expert (Oikos Realty, Cape Canaveral, Cocoa Beach Florida) about 8 years ago

John, that was a real blast.  I haven't seen a competition like that in person ever.  It's shades of Annette and Frankie all over again.   

Posted by Kevin J. May, Serving the Treasure & Paradise Coasts of Florida (Florida Supreme Realty) about 8 years ago

Kevin - Let's all play "Beach Blanket Bingo"! It was a lot of fun to watch.

Posted by John Mayer, Your Beach Area Expert (Oikos Realty, Cape Canaveral, Cocoa Beach Florida) about 8 years ago

WOW John, Those are fabulous phtos and amazing athletic ability at the same time. Awesome!

Posted by William Johnson, Retired Real Estate Professional (Retired) about 8 years ago

It's funny how people come up with new things that are creative and different. This is pretty good.

Posted by Rich Murray, GRI, ABR (PMNC, Cary, NC) about 8 years ago

Hi William - The guys have to provide the muscle and balance and the girls are basically aerial gymnasts.

Posted by John Mayer, Your Beach Area Expert (Oikos Realty, Cape Canaveral, Cocoa Beach Florida) about 8 years ago

Rich - Human creativity knows no bounds!

Posted by John Mayer, Your Beach Area Expert (Oikos Realty, Cape Canaveral, Cocoa Beach Florida) about 8 years ago

John - Those are astonishing photos.  I can't hold 40 pounds over my head, let alone hold a 100+ lb body over my head that's performing contortions.  And then there is the effort of staying balanced on a board, while riding unpredictable waves on unchartered waters.

Your Cocoa Beach, Florida gig has got to be one of the best in the nation:-)

CONGRATULATIONS on having this blog FEATURED in the  Photos group!

Posted by Myrl Jeffcoat, Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent (GreatWest Realty) about 8 years ago

John  That is an amazing feat by these tthletes - I was unaware of the venue.  Thank you for posting

Posted by Karen Kruschka, - "My Experience Isn't Expensive - It's PRICELESS" (RE/MAX Executives) about 8 years ago

John, Your pictures are great and so is your video. These athletes do an incredible job. I haven't seen tandem surfing in person before.  I was up at the pier on Saturday night, but after the crowd had parted. We went to listen to Vintage play.  I always enjoy seeing them. Keep up the great job.

Posted by Sandy Shores FL Realtor®, Melbourne Real Estate, Brevard County Real Estate, Florida's Space Coast (M & M Realty of Brevard Inc.) about 8 years ago

Thanks Myrl - A featured post at your photos group means a lot! I was saying WOW the whole time I was filming. It's a really cool sport to watch.

Posted by John Mayer, Your Beach Area Expert (Oikos Realty, Cape Canaveral, Cocoa Beach Florida) about 8 years ago

Hi Karen - There was lot going on at the pier that day but I stayed and watched these teams for an hour and a half. It was the first time I had seen tandem surfing.

Posted by John Mayer, Your Beach Area Expert (Oikos Realty, Cape Canaveral, Cocoa Beach Florida) about 8 years ago

Hey Sandy - One day we will actually bump right into each other. We both go to the same great places! Vintage is a cool band of young 'uns :-)

Posted by John Mayer, Your Beach Area Expert (Oikos Realty, Cape Canaveral, Cocoa Beach Florida) about 8 years ago

My jaw is still hanging open.  SERIOUSLY?  I can't even imagine how they manage to do that, while surfing!  It's amazing!

Posted by Janna Scharf, Coeur d'Alene Idaho Real Estate Expert (Keller Williams Realty Coeur d'Alene) about 8 years ago

Janna - My jaw is still hanging open too. You've gotta love it!

Posted by John Mayer, Your Beach Area Expert (Oikos Realty, Cape Canaveral, Cocoa Beach Florida) about 8 years ago

John, I have never seen surfers do stunts like that before and I live in California; of course we invented Surfing with the Beach Boys ....ha ha. Great pictures and I would like to see that in person someday.

Posted by Kristin Hamilton CA Realtor, (909) 557-6966- Specialize 55+ Communties Banning (Sun Lakes Realty) about 8 years ago

John, those are spectacular to say the least. He's got to be a pretty strong guy and your timing, as well! Great shots!

Posted by Jeanean Gendron, Specializing in Selling Unique Properties (The Address Realty) about 8 years ago

Kristin - The tandem surfers must be coming to California soon. Get your Beach Boys tunes out when they do! :-)

Posted by John Mayer, Your Beach Area Expert (Oikos Realty, Cape Canaveral, Cocoa Beach Florida) about 8 years ago

Jeanean - That guy was a bull! The girls are all super athletic as well. It's a fun sport to watch.

Posted by John Mayer, Your Beach Area Expert (Oikos Realty, Cape Canaveral, Cocoa Beach Florida) about 8 years ago

So when are we going to see this at the olympics?  Cool and unusual sport and great shots.

Posted by Greg McCown (Century 21 1st American) about 8 years ago

Hi Greg - I'm lobbying for it right now. The more bikinis in the Olympics, the better! :-)

Posted by John Mayer, Your Beach Area Expert (Oikos Realty, Cape Canaveral, Cocoa Beach Florida) about 8 years ago

John, that is an amazing video and photos, I am glad you shared.  Talk about athletic - I am sure you enjoyed every minute :) 

Posted by Ellie Penaranda, Naples Florida Real Estate - Waterfront & Beach Co (239.776.5077 Downing-Frye Realty ) about 8 years ago

John - Great pictures, how you were able to narrow 45 minutes of this kind of activity down to just 5 is amazing as well.

Posted by Steven Cook (No Longer Processing Mortgages.) about 8 years ago

Ellie - The athleticism was world class and yes, I enjoyed every minute of it!

Posted by John Mayer, Your Beach Area Expert (Oikos Realty, Cape Canaveral, Cocoa Beach Florida) about 8 years ago
that is really cool, and pretty hard to do at the same time. I am not sure I could stand on a board all by myself to start with !
Posted by Chris Alston, Silicon Valley, California (Chris Alston (Keller Williams Realty, Silicon Valley, California)) about 8 years ago

Thanks for posting these shots and video of our event, John!  Glad everyone enjoyed watching the contest and we'll see you next year.  For more info on the sport of tandem surfing, check out www.itsatandem.com.  Aloha!

Posted by Tiffany Rabacal about 8 years ago

That blond headed guy in the first picture frame is so strong! He is awesome! This is the best post you have ever put together that I have seen.... This must have been a fun day. I have always wanted to learn to surf but since I can barely swim it seems futile.

Did you clip your birds wings yet?

Posted by Sussie Sutton, UTR TEXAS Realtors - Rep for buyers and sellers. (UTR Texas Realtors) about 8 years ago

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