DolanReloadedIve heard people say that in surfing, being a bigger heavier guy makes your surfing more graceful because when youre heavy your board doesnt pitter patter around and you punish the wave as opposed to being a small surfer who gets punished by the wave. You will see it yourself if you watch surf vids; most pros are pretty husky guys.
This is actually not true. Some pros are short and stocky, and then you get guys like Jordy Smith who are tall and somewhat lanky, but most of the top pros are smaller. The exception is in really big, powerful waves where you get guys like Laird Hamilton. But most pros are NOT what I would call husky guys, Occy being an exception. Which guys do you consider husky?
It definitely helps to be smaller and lighter in small waves. The bigger guys tend to surf better in bigger surf, but even then they are rarely big.
Which current pros do you consider husky? Tom Carrol was jacked, like 5'6" 160 with no body fat, but most guys are not THAT muscular. Occy was another guy with lots of body mass, but he was something of an exception. Kelly Slater is something like 5'9" and 150, so not all that big. Slater is pretty typical, I would say. I guess Sunny Garcia would be someone who was powerfully built, 5'10" and 190, but most guys are simply not that big. Slater is probably the typical size, you don't see linebackers surfing.
Maybe to younger people, who are in their early teens, it might seem like the pros are big guys, but that is not the case. I guess that for younger kids their style might get a bit smoother as they get to their late teens, but surfing is not really a sport for bigger guys, particularly small waves. Felipe, John John, Kolohe, Medina, these guys are not big guys. Like I said, Kelly Slater has a typical surfing build.
For skiing powder, I think being bigger helps you lay into turns and really drive a ski, most racers are pretty powerfully built guys, more so than surfers. Being a bit bigger they might have to ski a wider ski, but I don't think it hurts. I think it is strength which helps one ski powder well, as well as obviously technique, rather than weight.