What professional surfers do during contest downtime

'John [John Florence] is really bad at giving skate lessons'

Professional surfer John John Florence enjoying a break from competition while in Australia; screen grab from video

In professional-surfing jargon, a “lay day” is when a surf contest is called off for the day due to less-than-ideal conditions. For surfers on the ASP World Championship Tour, it’s a welcome respite from the stress of competition. That said, you never really know when it’s going to be a lay day, so when one is called by the contest director early in the morning, the first thing pro surfers do is ask each other, “What are we going to do today?”

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