The Tails

We Ride Futures !!!!

Parker

IMG_0932As of January 1st, 2016 we have officially signed with the Futures Fins family. We have used the products since we started surfing and are absolutely thrilled to officially be apart of the family. Keep an eye out for some new products we will be working on for this upcoming year. Until those fins come out, Conner and I have both been using the AM1 template with the stiffer fiberglass materials. The fiberglass makes it flex less than the standard honey comb which allows a lot more drive throughout turns. Go get yourself a pair !!FullSizeRender

 

:) Sunset/Qualifying

Conner

This post is clearly way over due… But, better late than never. Parker wrote a legendary piece about Sunset, which is no surprise because he has proven himself time and time again to be a better brother and best friend than anyone could ever ask for. But, I figured I should do at least a wee post about that contest.

After Haleiwa, I had this feeling that it was going to happen at sunset. Parker said it, but I had felt it. “you weren’t meant to qualify at Haleiwa without any of us there, you’re saving it until the last event of the year when all of your family and friends are there.” That was a direct quote from parker after I lost the heat i needed to make at Haleiwa.

Later that day, I paddled out at sunset and enjoyed every moment and intricacy of the session. I started surfing sunset every day no matter the conditions and just tried to connect with Sunset. Pancho Sullivan, Ian Walsh, and Joel Centeio all gave me tremendous advice and little nuggets that helped sooooo much leading up to the event.

When the contest started I was just focusing on going out, trying to catch some decent waves, and enjoying every moment of my opportunity to qualify. From my first heat, I could tell it was one of those contests where the small little things were going my way and they kept going my way. I was enjoying the experience so much that it took all of the nerves away and I was able to play in every heat and every day throughout the whole event. My family was on the beach and my brother was caddying for me every heat. My favorite part of the whole event was seeing my brother paddling my way with a huge grin on his face every time i would kick out of a good wave.

Once the last day started everything felt like it was falling into place and sure enough, it did. When i lost the semi to Mick in the last 10 seconds, I had a sinking feeling that I had came up just short. I didn’t know the math behind the deal, but everyone was telling me that because I got third in the heat (fifth overall) I had for sure qualified. I guess I just didn’t trust anyone until the contest was over and it was 150 % true, but I can tell you it was a surreal and emotional moment for me. It’s been a dream of mine to be on the world tour ever since i was a little kid and i’m so excited for this year. I can’t thank my friends, family, and sponsors enough for all of the love and support. It sure has been an amazing ride thus far and i’m grateful for every moment of it.

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Conner Qualifies for the 2016 WCT!!!!

Parker

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Ya I know everybody already knows the news that Conner has qualified for the world tour next year, but I am pretty sure nobody knows how it started.

Conner and I started our WSL campaign this year in Australia for the two 6,000 events. Both the events were held in pretty much standard WQS conditions… a shitty beach break. After losing out in the second round of both events, Conner stormed through our rental house saying he was going to quit doing contest. I knew Conner wasn’t having the best time groveling at the events, but I never really thought I would hear him say that he was going to quit. Ryan and I were shocked, and basically told him to get his head out of his ass, get fired up, and take his very deserving spot on tour.
I guess our pep talk worked because Conner started slowly chipping away at his dream. Throughout the year he had a couple of 5ths and 9ths. Then, Conner got a 3rd at a 6,000 event in brazil which really made qualifying in striking range. At the last event of the Brazil leg, Conner met with Keanu Asing in the round before the quarters. We kinda figured if he beat Keanu, he would be sitting within the top 10 headed to Hawaii in a somewhat comfortable situation. HE LOST.

I remember being really bummed for him just after his heat, and then a funny idea popped into my head and I whipped out my phone and sent him a text saying, “I know you wanted to make that heat and get in that top 10, but you know what, you don’t want to qualify in Brazil while you are by yourself… You want to qualify at the last event (Sunset) in front of all your friends and family to make it extra special.”

Then Haleiwa came along and he had an unlucky heat in the round of 32… SHIT. Even after that loss though, deep down I always knew it was going to come down to Sunset.

Starting the event Conner needed a 25th place to crack into the top ten, but due to the other surfers behind him nipping at his heals we pretty much figured he had to at least be in the quarter finals to solidify his position.
Every single heat he surfed wasn’t necessarily pretty, but he got them done with confidence. Right before his quarterfinal heat (which was the heat he had to make to be on tour) we were walking down and I looked at him and asked, “Hey remember when you wanted to quit earlier this year? It’s pretty funny how that works huh… seeing that now you’re about to qualify and make all your dreams come true.”

Conner looked at me almost caught off guard, and then looked at me, smiled, and then said, “Haha ya… I guess that worked out didn’t it.”

He then paddled out, kicked ass, and fulfilled his dream that he had since being about 11 years old. The whole event I was lucky enough to be his board caddy and watch the whole experience unfold in the front row. After his heat we laughed and smiled a lot, cried a little, and then got ready to celebrate.

Congratulations Conner… Everybody is really proud of you, but I get to claim that I’m the most proud !!!

 

Oh ya… and I’ll see you on that tour in a few years.

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Team Volcom wins #ywtlittlewings comp!!

Parker

Well, the votes are in, and it has been decided that team Volcom has won our first ever Little Wings event! Congratulations to both Kyuss and Jackson for ripping down in Nicaragua and creating the winning video part. As their first place prize, team Volcom has won a free trip for a “strike mission” to Santa Barbara to make another video. Looking forward to having some more hang time with these two little legends. Check out the winning video part below:

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“Little Wings” Group Vid

Conner

Here’s the video of the whole crew, including Parker and I, on the Little Wings trip. This makes me want to go on a surf trip ASAP.