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2-Minute Drill

Updated: June 15, 2010, 1:12 PM ET
By Jake Howard

A couple months ago USC coach Pete Carroll gave a pep talk to the United States Surf Team before it left for the 2009 World Junior Championships in Ecuador. At the time I took it as just one of those motivational kinds of things, set up by some sort of Southern California surf connection. But when Carroll showed up at Trestles this weekend at the Nike 6.0 Lowers Pro and started jawing with Kelly Slater, I reckoned there was more to the story. Somehow I ended up standing alone next to him ...

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