Big Wave World Tour
When I was still on the WCT, I was always thinking about how I wanted to surf big waves once I retired. I never thought there would be a BWWT or anything like that, though. But then I got closer to the end of my career and there’s this new tour that really fits into my lifestyle nicely. My wife has a full time job, and we have three kids, so now I’m Mr. Mom until the swell hits [laughs]. I’m always having to call babysitters and get everything covered to make sure I can go on these excursions, so it’s definitely different from what I’m used to, but it’s great at the same time. The Big Wave World Tour is perfect for me because it’s just one or two day swells, so I’m able to get in and out, then back to the family. I get to fill my role as a dad and fulfill my passions as a surfer at the same time.
When it comes to the actual contests, I have a different type of competitiveness on the BWWT. It doesn’t feel like I’m competing against my opponents anymore, it’s more of a competition between me and the waves. I just want to test myself and see what I can do -- it’s not so much about keeping up with everyone else. I want to try to ride big waves the way I think they can be ridden, whether that’s with different lines, turns, or improved board design. It’s not necessarily about catching the biggest wave or winning the BWWT, but if that stuff happens, then cool.