4 American Surfers Blowing Up American Waves
Apple Pie. Hot dogs. Big Gulps. Cadillacs. Power turns and huge airs. These are the things that capture our culture in a (pea)nut shell. So on this day where we drink until making questionable decisions with explosives, let's take a moment to pause and enjoy some of the local talent from the good ol' U.S. of A.
Santa Cruz's blonde-haired wunderkind just finished his rookie year on the ASP world tour with a fantastic Rookie of the Year finish. Here we find him ripping apart waves from NorCal to SoCal, and doing an emphatically fine job in both places.
Love him or hate him. There doesn't seem to be any in between when it comes to the feelings people hold towards Orange County's own soul arch-er extraordinaire. Regardless of how you feel about the cut of his jeans or other fashion choices (which seem to be where most of the hatred comes from), dude seems to know how to have a damn good time in the water.
Lest I be accused of harboring too strong a pro-California bias (hint: I have one, and it's well deserved), we have to include the bi-coastal unicorn himself, Mr. Sterling Spencer. Dude never seems to be taking himself, surfing, or anything else too seriously. Also, it's set to the always-funky American sound of Mr. James Brown.
Dane Reynolds & Conner Coffin
Okay, I lied, it's actually five 'Merican surfers. But come on, how can you not want to watch Dane and Conner tear Rincon to pieces? Seriously. Both have style grounded in firecracker-explosive surfing. Dane is Dane, the best free surfer in the on the planet in the estimation of many (my hand is firmly in the air). Conner is just as explosive, albeit seeming to prefer normally keeping his rail engaged in displacing as much water as possible.