board walk blowup 2013, part 2–roman hager

Full disclosure here:  I know nothing about skimboarding. Nada. Zip. Not a thing.  But I don’t need anyone to tell me that I saw something kind of amazing at the Board Walk Blowup at Indialantic Beach this past weekend.

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His name is Roman Hager, he’s 7 years old, and he scored himself 1st place in the Mini Division at the contest. Like, wow.

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I suppose I expected to see amazing talent at this contest; after all, it was a pro/am event.  There were so many awesome, crazy talented skimboarders there. And then there was Roman.

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Watching this little dude hanging with the big boys and girls, waiting for his wave…seeing him go for it with no fear and so much skill…my mind was totally blown. He’s 7 years old. Wow.

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And it wasn’t just his skill in the water, but his confidence on the beach that was something to see.  He was clearly in his element…running into each wave with a sense of determination and purpose…and you don’t need to know anything about the sport to notice the respect that Roman was getting from competitors twice and three times his age.

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There’s no doubt in my mind that I’ll be seeing Roman again. In the meantime, thanks to the social media/internet world we live in, keeping up with him will be easy–the little dude’s everywhere (you can check out his Facebook fan page here🙂

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2nd light–2/22/12

IMG_7227riding high–@2nd light

when the morning weather forecast calls for 4-6″ waves in february (well, anytime of the year, but especially in february) it becomes necessary to make time in the day to head beachside…yesterday was such a day, so even though i had a ton to do, i made it beachside for a little while…i was not disappointed, as there were decent waves and great surfers…an added bonus was the variety of military and civilian planes landing at patrick afb across the street…it’s always cool to catch surfers, birds and planes in one shot…i caught a few of those…haven’t gotten to processing any of them yet…for now, i’m working on the surfers…i like this one…more to come, so stay tuned!:)