Name: Dane Johnson
School: Senior at Carlsbad High School
Sponsors: Billabong, Arnette, Cobian, Da Kine, Surf Ride, and Byrne Surfboards.
[IMAGE 2] For juniors, winning any NSSA event is pretty damn hard. After six events so far this year, Dane Johnson has won fourand placed second in the other two. Another one of those very good Carlsbad surfers, Dane came by the office and we got thelowdown on just how he’s done so well so far this season.-AC
You’ve won four of the six NSSA events so far this year and you placed second in the other two. How do you explainthesuccess?
I’ve been trying to go as vertical as I can, doing explosive maneuvers, and things that stand out from the otherkids. It gives me the benefit of the doubt when it comes to the judges.
What is the big difference between this year and last year?
Last year, I did more cutback-type maneuvers, and I wasn’t going vertical enough. In the Open Men’s last year Ilearned that if you don’t go vertical you won’t make it.
How important has Joey’s (Buran’s) coaching been to you in doing all this?
He’s helped me out tremendously. I can’t even say. We’ve gone to the North Shore and he’s shown me all the spots andwhat to do. He’s taught me a lot about the surf industry: how it works and how to promote yourself.
Mike Klein tells me that the girls at your school hate you. Is that true?
In a way. I don’t know if they hate me, but I can’t seem to get one.
I was just making that up! Why can’t you get a girl? Cause you mess with your hair? They must not know you’re the king rightnow?[IMAGE 1]
I guess not.
Are you expecting your team to have a big year with all you guys doing well in the NSSA and elsewhere.
Definitely. We should do really well this year considering that we didn’t really lose anyone last year. All the otherteams lost two or three key guys. It’s not going to be hard, but it’s not going to be easy.
What else do you like to do besides surfing?
Watching movies, hanging out with girls, trying to get girls, cruising, playing video games, burning CD’s.
Who are some of your mentors?
My dad, Taj Burrow, Taylor Knox.
You see how Taylor has done on tour, winning events. Do you think that someday you can reach Taylor’s status?
Hopefully, if I keep trying hard. I’d like to get up to his level, but that’s kind of a big thing to say.
What’s the stupidest thing that’s ever happened to you?
Mike Klein pantsed me in front of my Mom’s friend, bare nude.
Was she laughing?
What can we expect from you for the rest of the year? Are you going to try and keep it going?
I’m going to try to win as many events as I can. I’m going to try to do well in the Junior Pro contests and the WQSevents at the beginning of next year.