Damien Hobgood, Seaside. I used to live in Satellite Beach, FL and would hang with CJ all the time. Now I'm in Encinitas and it's the exact same program, only with Damien instead.
Kelly Slater, Rincon. What's with this guy only padding out right before dark? He can get any wave he wants so it can't be about the crowd right? Mysterious dude.
Evan Geiselman, Ventura. Evan's our only hope for a real world-class surfer from the east coast in his generation. He's making us proud though.
Dane Reynolds, Ventura. Sharpy (William Sharp) is the man shooting up there. When we end up in the same spot I just try to hang back and shoot a different angle and give him respect.
Eric Geiselman, Ventura. This day was frustrating. It went from bombing and terrible conditions to perfect offshores, but only head high in a matter of two hours. You rarely see swells die like that on the west coast.
Rob Machado, La Jolla. Pretty average day. Just roaming around looking for a different view of the action.
Taylor Knox, Swamis. If they had a WT event here, I seriously think Taylor would win it. He gets 4x as many waves as any other surfer. Great wave, but what a joke that crowd is.
Oliver Kurtz, Salt Creek. Here's an inverted indy grab. Aaron Gieger was the first to do them in Puerto Rico almost a decade ago. Albee Layer has been landing some sick ones. I expect to see a lot of people put this in their aerial repertoire this year.
Ben Bourgeois, Oceanside. Zander Morton, Benny, Dylan Graves, and Jerry Ricciotti all moved in together recently. The house is called Zabengravotti's. We had a raging Super Bowl party for a house warmer.