You Are Here: Andrew Doheny, Second Place

posted by / Blogs, Editorial / October 11, 2011

Words & Photos by Nathan Myers

Droid, losing…but No. 1 in the hearts of the people.


You Are Here, Nathan Myers

Aussie surfbot Davey Cathels just won the Oakley World Pro Junior in Bali. Epic waves. Great competition. Exciting stuff. I really should be chasing him down for an interview, but it’s just so damn hot out today. Whew! All the other journalists and photogs are crowding round Cathels to find out if he took it one heat at a time or not, and I’m feeling a bit over the whole interview-the-winner concept. Reckon he’s “stoked he won.” I’ll bet he still can’t believe it.

Sorry. I know. I’m crap at this.

Then I see Andrew “Droid” Doheny standing on top of his oversized $10,000 second place check to save his scorched feet from the boiling sand. His trophy is a surfboard and he’s considering paddling out on it. He says, “I have a disease. It’s called advanced delusional schizophrenia with involuntary narcissistic rage.”

Now this seems more interesting.

Droid was an interesting surfer to watch this event. Fast, loose, slightly out of control and never not progressive, he whipped past a Brazilian ballerina Caio Ibelli and an on-rail Conner Coffin to earn his spot in the finals. Riding a buckled board and surfing waves all the way to the sand, his semifinal against Coffin was so close neither surfer knew who’d won it until a several minutes after the heat. Both were exhausted from the blazing sun, pulsing currents and heated exchanges.

As the final announcement came in, the first person to congratulate Andrew was an overjoyed Indonesian man, who hugged him in a long, passionate embrace that nearly brought a tear to Doheny’s eye.

Then contest director said, “Final starts in ten minutes.”

Still winded from his heat, Doheny replied, “Can you make it twelve?”


A hug beats getting chaired up the beach any day.


SURFING: You looked pretty exhausted in that final. Was it fair to start so fast after your semi? What happened to the expression session?
DROID: I just know. I felt like I was gonna pass out the whole time I was out there.

Who’s your local friend? He was really excited about your finish.
That’s my driver. He actually meditated on the contest and predicted that I’d get second place.

Your driver predicted your second place finish?
He did. He said the gods told him I was gonna get second place. I was hoping whatever gods he talked to might have been wrong.

The gods don’t make mistakes about pro surfing. They love this shit.
I’d pretty much thrown the towel in out there. Then I ended up getting two scores and I was like, “Whoa. I still have a chance.” I don’t know. I tried my best. I was stoked I made it that far.

Did Davey have an unfair advantage to be able to rest up before the heat?
It’s hard to say. We both had good heats, but he launched that aerial and got a 9.5… so, what are you gonna do? I didn’t give up. I gave it my best and I had a lot of fun… I didn’t expect to make it that far anyways.

Taking it one heat at a time?
What more can you say? Let the chips fall where they may. I was just glad to not lose my first heat. That’s all I cared about on this trip. I lost first round last year and I said as long as I win a heat, I’ll be happy.

So, are you a full comp guy now?
I’ve been doing the comp thing for a while, I’ve just been losing so no one’s noticed it. I finally made a heat so now people think I’m a comp guy.

Well, where’s your coach?
Wayan’s my coach.

Our driver.

He’s coaching you into second place…what good is that?
He’s in touch with the gods. This guy is all-time.

Before your heat you joked about your limited repertoire… is there a little truth to that?
I don’t care about that. I’m not gonna get upset ‘cause I can’t do airs as good as Freddy Air-Boy. I just surf.

So, you want to win comps, but you don’t care about your repertoire of moves?
I do care. It is what it is. I just try to surf the best I can surf and whatever that is… I’d like to have more tricks in the bag, but…I’ll work on it.

You play music, shape boards, say weird stuff… do you ever just want to stick to the freesurfing thing?
At the end of the day, I’ll try my best to do both. I love surfing and doing contests is cool, but it’s not going to stop me from doing music and shaping or whatever else I want to do. I’ll just do as much as I can.

How’s the band going?
We don’t have a band anymore, but I still play guitar and write songs. I want to start a band. That’s my next goal.

How’s the comps going?
I just went from 35th place to 2nd place in the ratings, so that’s good. I still feel a little like fainting though.


Droid and “coach” Wayan — a nearly unbeatable team.


So there you have it. Lose the band. Go on tour. Second place is the new first place. Gods are the new coaches. And advanced delusional schizophrenia with involuntary narcissistic rage is treatable with cold hard cash and cheap champagne.

I got home and checked the press release and found a quote from Davey Cathels. “I’m so stoked,” he said. “I still can’t believe I won.”

Well, congratulations, Davey.



[They’re posting heats on demand at — I recommend checking the Quarterfinal 3 match-up between Conner Coffin and Peterson Cristano as well as QF4 between Andrew Doheny and Caio Ibelli. The waves were really good and the boys were just going off.] —Nathan Myers

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  • deaf in 7 nostrils

    This article is incredibly petty.
    Davey’s 9 point wave was beyond anything that droid had put together in his heat. Instead of analyzing the waves, Nathan Myers has a prejudice towards those that “don’t fit the role” of the outsider. Be like Dane, be different…that’s surfing. This is Nathan’s strawman.

    Realistically, we see an 18 year old going on 10. Attitudes and trying incredibly hard not to be apart of something that he is apart of: a poster child. Your golden boy didn’t win fair and square. Be objective and quit carrying on about “being cool” and all this other subjective filler nonsense. Let’s move beyond junior high school and look past appearances Nathan. Your article is quite transparent.

  • uncle tom

    everybody needs to stop trying to make this kid out to be something he’s not (smart, edgy). Talk to him in person and find out how he really is (not very bright or interesting).

  • sal

    Seriously Nathan, grow up.

  • realist

    Nathan myrers is a kook…

  • Mik

    Well i think Doheny surfed brilliantly, he took out a media golden boy, surfed his heart out while exhausted in the final, and proved that he is very very talented. I’m with Meyers on this one, and <Meyers is very in tune with SURFING magazine's current philosophy: surfing is a creative sport first and foremost. Even the WTC is an entertainment machine, not a militaristic jail. Like the NFL, which is heavily linked to right-wing tax evaders. So basically, the rest of you bloggers are stuck in an ideology that Nathan, and allot of people aren't buying into. It's a free world. Droid is entitled to his style. He was humble, and real, and he just showed that he can surf with the best of his g-g-g-gg-generation. People try to put him down, he don't care, he……. well you know the lryics… and Andrew knows the chords……PS: what a cool Indo cab driver. That's why Bali is beautiful… People recognize heart over there. Americans are a hate filled lot right now. And I am as American as it gets.

  • Kung Fu Panda

    Who the frick is Nathan Myers, and why the hell does the Indonesian government give this beng-beng of a man a visa? Full donkey fest going on right here. Bring back some real people that used to be real deal Indo folk. Go back to Cali; Dana Point awaits your arrival you doo doo expat.

  • sad truth

    “SURFING magazine’s current philosophy” = no one is reading

  • Mik

    Who the frick is Kung fu Panda? and why the hate on Nate? He was full on OK with the Indo’s… His comments were meant to be humor. Kinda of over the head of this pack, it seems… And Droid surfed as well as Dave, except for the one air. in fact, had Dave not landed that, mr. Droid would have been the new Champ. Rad. Nothing wrong with cheering on a local success once in a while lads. even if he came in 2nd.

  • albee layer

    YAH NATHEN!! ur the man. droid is way cooler than cathles. surfs better too.

  • Sven Dider

    Doheny’s rad. Cathel’s a clone. And all these anony-haters are just sad sad sad.

  • Darrel

    I totally want muscly shirtless men to carry me up the beach no homo.

  • bufu

    Both Cathels and Doheny surfed insane. Props to Cathels for rising to the moment. Dude was sharp, made few mistakes and was super progressive when he needed to be. That being said, I was rooting for Doheny the whole way. Could have done without his interviews but his surfing was raw with good style. Hope to see the kid do well in the next event.

  • surfbro

    how many anon ozzies does it take to bomb a forum. viva doheny.

  • Jackie-O

    Hater’s never win because they spend too much time being concerned with what others are doing. It’s like when dogs sniff each others buttholes. Quit the butt sniffing. Oh and then calling people kooks! Kook is a lame word that hawaiians and rich kid spoiled haters use! Go sniff your own ass and blog post what you find up there. Buttsniffers and haters! Besides guys that gossip are kinda gay! Just cause no one wants to write a story about your butthole sniffing ass!

  • yezzurr

    davey = owen burrow
    droid = bruce reyolds

  • joffreydavidlesieur

    kind of sad how one-sided this piece was… both guys rip. get it right.

  • sam

    so surfing the comp is cool, but winning isn’t as cool as losing. DDroid is exactly what America is about. Under-perform, pretend you don’t care and then go do nothing while mommy and daddy support you. God Bless the USA!

  • Mik

    sam: I don’t know. ur generalizing allot. I’m sure Davey is also supported by his parents, so what’s your point? some kids are joiners, some are loners. read up on the biographies of successful performers/artists/athletes and the one common thread is not their attitude, it’s how much time they put into practicing. Even Keith Richards of the Rolling Stones impresses in terms of one thing: how freaking dedicated he was to playing music, and learning to play the kind of music he likes. Dane, Kelly, Taj, Andy, Adriano, Mick, Parko, Julian, Gabrial, the list conjures up very different people, but they are all the product of putting in the hard work of practicing, watching videos, and training (in their own way). I had previously thought that Droid was a kind of poser. But posers don’t nearly win the Pro Junior. And I’m stoke see that he’s the real deal. Because these kids are all potentially better than those guys in the top twenty on the WCT who don’t have a legit air game.

  • tity

    you are all fucking stupid.

  • Mik

    tity: and you’re not? doubtful.

  • Mic

    Great rants and comments, very enjoyable.
    Try this, airs will go the way of tow ins soon everybody will be doing them they won’t be cool any more and we will be back to what’s real. Power surfing and tube riding along with paddling.
    On another note a great week of waves rolling into Indo shortly.
    Humm the island? Nias? Bali? West Java? East Java?
    Ahh tough call….

  • greg

    do you reckon nathan myers has ever had a conversation with davey? anyone who says davey is a clone doesnt really know what there talking about. davey is funny as hell and as real as they come. is droid real cause he plays intsruments, does gay little drawings and make his own boards? nathan this article just shows what a idiot you are.

  • rick

    the comment above is truth.
    and the first poster nailed it on the head.
    just because someone doesn’t act like the class clown or appear to be going against the grain, you don’t pigeon-hole them as a robot or “the ugly normal person”. the author just decides these little “categories.” who are you to judge Nathan? take a look in the mirror. im sure you are not a kook, so there is no reason to personally attack you, so that’s not what this comment is about and also im not from australia, but socal.

    people that need to focus on appearances can go to the news stands and pick up US Weekly…and that’s what this magazine is turning into a for surfers with Nathan Myers and Chas Smith at the helm.

    most of us would rather hangout with people that can speak in complete sentences and don’t need a facade to make them who they are: its called principles Nathan, something you are missing here.

  • Mik

    greg and nick: you guys have anger management problems. nathan was having fun and wrote a cool little article, supporting a local kid who shocked allot of people by going head to head with the world. get a life. ask Nat Young, or Connor Coffin, or many others about how they feel about Droid now. I thought he was over-rated. No more. the kid rocks. That was the most intensely contested Junior Pro in history. it was a great extension of attention to give some recognition to what happened. btw: aerials are not going to go away, any more than power surfing is.

  • FromTheCheapSeats

    Can you hear that sound? It’s the alarm bells sounding off in the foggy distance as the Good Ship Surfing Magazine continues to flounder and break apart, torpedo’ed by the creeping, juvy, contrived hipster web editorial flooding her stern and midships dragging her ever downward. Nearer my God to thee indeed …

  • oliver

    dan marino

  • jester

    dan marino 2012, nobama

  • sam

    this guy is a total prick but he gets it done…awesome wipeout compilation…