SURFING: So, Kolohe: You’ve been sidelined for over a month with turf toe, how’s it feeling?
KOLOHE: It’s feeling really good, actually. I just surfed. That was my fifth session back, and now I’m getting ready to fly over to OZ.
Which means you’re surfing in Snapper?
Yeah, I’m in it. I grinded away — I’ve been doing therapy and body work pretty much all day everyday trying to heal it this past month. Snapper is one of my favorite waves on tour and I definitely didn’t want to miss it.
You recently told us you don’t feel as though enough young American surfers dedicate their entire life to being successful on tour, which is why we haven’t seen an influx of new American qualifiers in recent years. Do you see that changing anytime soon?
I don’t know. The guys who are on tour, they’ve dedicated themselves to that success. But there aren’t a lot of us. I think living in America, and especially in California, it’s kinda easy. We grow up next to the beach. Eat really nice food. And that’s exactly why so many people move here, because in other countries life is a lot harder.
But dedicating your entire life to something, it’s gotta come from the heart. You have to really want it. And there’s potential for young American kids to do that. But they’ve gotta go on the QS and lose first round in five straight events and not give up. Because up to that point, it’s pretty easy. A lot of the best kids here win in the NSSA, make finals in the Jr. Pros, get to the quarters in a couple small QS events, make a little money, get shots in the mags and everyone is all hyped, but then they start losing in the big QS events and they can’t handle it. I’ve seen it happen so many times.
Fortunately they don’t all crack. At least Kanoa and Conner didn’t. Are you pumped to have a couple new American faces on tour this year?
Oh yeah. Kanoa did so well, so young. But I’m stoked for him. As for Conner...I don’t think he