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Interview Jason Bitzer , Lifeguard à Hawaii et Pro Rider

par Island Slalom Tour 14 Avril 2013, 20:43 INTERVIEW Bodyboard

Jason Bitzer a été Bodyboarder Pro depuis 2001 et un maître nageur pour la ville du comté de Honolulu depuis 2007. Il participe à certains événements sur le circuit IBA world tour et il travaille comme lifeguard sur le North Shore d'Oahu comme sauveteur.Il a pris le temps de nous parler de son métier de lifeguard et de sa passion du bodyboard!


Could you describe you in few line?



My name is Jason Bitzer, I am Lifeguard on the North Shore of Oahu and a former Pro Bodyboarder. I still surf every swell and travel to catch waves between family obligations. I was born and raised in New Jersey and love Hawaii and New Jersey pretty much equal.



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When did you started bodyboarding and why?




I started Bodyboarding on the New Jersey shore when I was eight , my mom bought me a 20 dollar board and I road it until it folded in half then gave it to my cousin. The next summer my dad went big and bought me a 120 dollar Elminater Bodyboard, I was hooked and never left the beach since.



What do you prefer in bodyboarding! prone or Drop knee and Why?



I am better at Prone , but drop knee is insane fun, I dislocated my knee when I was young and it was never the same so I DK but I am pretty average. I short board not when the waves are small.



Pic Beach Bum Baby



Where do you live ! is it a good place?




I live in Kailua Oahu, it is kind of a Yuppie rich kid town, really nice and clean but 30 mins from Sandys and an Hr from North Shore. My wife works here, so I drive for work to make it easier on her. We stay with our Mother during the winter as she lives on the north shore to be closer to the surf and work.





What is your best result in contest?




My best result in a contest is winning Big Sea Day in Manasquan New Jersey when I was 13. I never really did well in contests, I made a few rounds each tour event and never really made heats at Pipe, I just chocked up in heats and put to much pressure and blow it. I just cruise and surf these days. I will do an event if the waves are pumping and I can get in the heats when the surf is good!





What is the craziest meal that you eat during a surf trip?


I eat a bulls tounge in Japan at a contest .





You are lifeguard in the north shore, I think it is a job where you must be very concentrate because it is a dangerous spot?


Being a lifeguard is a challenge on the North Shore, no one has it mastered , it is just to raw of a place to get wired. I have been working there on an off for about five years and perminantly for two years. So I have a ton still to learn. The best thing to do is prevent vs react, 90% if you are reacting, you are not doing your job right. At Pipe sometimes you just have to pick up the pieces as 99% that are out there mid winter are not going to hear a lifeguard telling them not to go out , so we just react and send them w/ the ambulance, unless clueless new comers or tourist try to attempt to go out, then you just stop them at the front gate!



What is your craziest story at pipeline?



I have seen alot of stuff at Pipeline, it all blends together after awhile, it is a schene within a schene.



Do you often ride skateboards?




I only cruise around on my Penny skate and longboard, John John taught me how to drop in qrt pipe when he was eight, I got the hang of it, the him and his brothers just made me feel like an idiot so I just gave up.





Island Slalom Tour is a series of skateboarding contests on tiny french islands where nobody has ever skated! We are as Captain cook at Hawaii in 1600! Except we have now motor boats and concrete roads... What do you think about this?





Hawaii when Cpt cook showed up, better have a good sword because I am pretty sure he got killed at one point in Polonesia. Empty bodysurfing at Pipe would be epic though!





What is your biggest Wipe Out?




I didnt walk once for a month from hitting the reef at Pipe, my Girl Friend who know is my wife had to help me put on my clothes for a month!



One morning, you wake up ,You arrive in your kitchen and suddenly,you see a genius in wetsuit! He say:” Hey Jason, I can offer you 2 magic gifts if you give me a bottle of milk! What do you say?




I have no clue what this means, but I assume I dropped a tab o f acid cause that question is narly!



Pic Paco Calleja



If you had the choice between these situations:
A surf-Trip 9 months in Belgium
A domino-course of 3 weeks at Loudeac town in brittany
Locking-24h in a cage with a gorilla a bit edgy.
Which you choose and w


I will take the Domino course, but would prefer chess.



What do you think about annaelle challenge,IBA event?You will come?




The contest looks sick, I am not sure if I can make it with the family, but if I am invited? Who knows , do lifeguards get wildcards theres days!



Do you have sponsors?


ya my SPONSOR is HURLEY,Bio Astin and METRX Nutirition and they are all great people.





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