And what in the surf world today turns on Jamaicans?
I guess it depends on the generation. My brothers and I grew up watching Taylor Steele videos, so we like Kelly, Rob Machado, Kalani Robb and Ross Williams. The newer generation loves all the guys doing crazy airs, so Craig Anderson, the Josh Kerr’s, guys like that. Definitely surfers here keep up with what’s trending and that’s what pushes each generation, even though there’s realistically only about two to three generations here [laughs]. So to answer your question, we love modern performance surfing. Big-wave surfing…not so much, unless it’s some crazy contest at Teahupoo. But we don’t really follow the big wave thing because we don’t get huge waves here unless there’s a hurricane. However, on average, Jamaica is about head high or bigger, like, all the time. Any day in Jamaica you could surf that size.
Wow, not too shabby. Do Jamaican surfers follow the WSL and watch the webcasts?
Yeah we do that. When the contests are going on we definitely gather round the computer monitor in my home, or in the middle of the living room watching it.
Classic! Is there much of a surf industry in Jamaica, or even surf shops?
There are no surf shops, no companies, no-nothing. We basically rely on traveling surfers that bring stuff in and every time they return, hopefully they carry wax, or sun cure or some fine-grade fiberglass. Because we only get that thick boat-matting stuff in Jamaica. So, if I travel and come home, I always need to bring in wax, deck-pads, leashes, whatever we can’t get here.