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SV Inteview: WSL CT pro & entrepreneur Conner Coffin



SurfersVillage Interview

Conner will begin his second year on tour with new sponsor & new ambitions 

Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 19 February, 2017 - At some point between being a 14-year-old NSSA comp machine and a US Open Junior Pro champion, Conner Coffin decided to fully embrace power surfing. He'd always had a mature rail-heavy approach to waves, but around this time he upped his game. Big time.

Conner's full-rail work is a refreshing break on a world tour that dishes big points for air-reverses. And last year his power approach worked for him as he finished the Championship Tour ranked 17th.

But he's not ALL contest mojo. He might be kind of a hippie actually. We asked him about his favorite places in the time-space continuum and he hit us back with Woodstock, 1970s SoCal and pre-mission-era Native American California.

It's a good time for Conner. He's just jumped on board with Rip Curl and is dipping his toes in the entrepreneurial world by launching a new towel brand, Leus. Read on.


How would you describe what you do for work to a very small, inattentive child?
I do what I love to do, surf, for a living! I surf on the WSL world tour and travel the world to different places and events around the world. 

What is that you do professionally that you are most proud of?
One of the things I enjoy the most about being a professional surfer is that I have the opportunity to show kids that when you’re young it’s important to find out what you are super passionate about and give it your all! 

What are you currently working on that you’re really excited about?
Right now is our off season from the tour so I’ve just been surfing a ton, filming, and getting everything organized for this year. I recently signed with Rip Curl, which I’m super stoked about.  I’ve also been working hard with a brand new company that I am a part of.  We’re super excited about the launching LEUS to the world on February 13th. We are starting with towels and innovative merchandising and POP displays that will be in your local surf shops, boutiques, and resorts worldwide.  So far the feedback has been super positive and it’s going to be a really fun project moving forward.  

Tell us what has been your biggest mistake and what did you learn from that mistake?
My biggest mistake… Damn I honestly couldn’t really say. I don't regret things. I usually just try to make the best decision at a certain time and hopefully it works out, but if it doesn’t I just learn from it and move forward.

Share with us your biggest Rocky Balboa moment (you know, punching meat in a freezer then running up the steps of City Hall with your own special theme music blaring.)
My biggest Rocky moment was when I qualified for the World Tour in the last event of the year in 2015 at Sunset Beach with my whole family there! I needed to make the semi’s and I got third place in my semi so qualified but just a little bit. It was a super fun day. 

If you weren’t doing this, what would you be doing? Selling shoes?
That’s a super good question. My dad is a contractor and I’ve always enjoyed what he does. I also love to play music and have always thought it would be so fun to play in a band and travel around playing shows. I dig the business side of companies and how they all tick so business/marketing is also a big interest. It’s fun to be involved with LEUS because I’m learning about starting a company from the ground up and we are doing some amazing things too. At this point I just like to explore different things and someday when my surf career dwindles I’m sure I’ll fall into one of ‘em.

OK, you get to drop into five moments in history – surf or otherwise. Please name them and why.

Woodstock. FOR SURE. Stones, The Dead, Janis, ten years after, Joe Cocker, CSN. Just that whole time period seemed so expressive and it’s the music I love. 
Late 1970’s in Santa Barbara. The waves were uncrowded and the coast was still super untouched. I just feel like that was a rad time in surfing history. Greenough and young Tom Curren. 

Chumash Indian period in California. I love Native American history and they had California at its purest state. They took care of the land and lived off of it. Something I’ve always believed in. 

Florence Italy during the Renaissance. What a bad ass time period! I love Italy and Florence must have been amazing during this time.

New York in the 50’s. Just seems like such a cool period in history. That’s kind of random for me, but it just seems like it would be cool to see what it was like!

Bryan Dickerson

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