Santa Cruz Players

Santa Cruz, California is badass. This small town has so much talent that it’s dangerous. When it comes to progressive surfing, the S.C. boys are pushing the limits. From huge airs to huge waves, these guys are getting crazy. The crew feeds off each other¿you can see it, everybody tries to outdo the rest. They push each other in all conditions: it doesn’t matter if it’s two-footers or 30-footers, the boys go hard. There’s no one guy who’s the best guy from Santa Cruz, because it changes on any given day. On small days, certain guys shine; on big days, other guys rip; when it’s hollow, the tube guys steal the spotlight; and when it gets too big, then the chargers start rocking the show. It’s always changing day to day, session to session,wave to wave.

Santa Cruz has a heavy hiearchy, and all the best spots are on major lockdown. At the same time, they hold big respect for their roots and the older guys who paved the road to pro surfing. It’s really hard to think you’re the shit and have a big head in S.C. because there’re so many guys who’ll humble you and let the air out of your swollen melon. That’s the best part of this brotherhood: we build each other up and keep each other grounded. Every singleguy contributes something to the movement in this town, and this place wouldn’t be the same without them.¿Skindog

Adam Replogle, a.k.a. The Rodent

Adam Replogle is one of the best surfers in Santa Cruz¿probably in California as well. He has one of those perfect styles that other pros wish they had, including myself. Adam’s surfing is on point¿no half-turns, no pizza throwing, and no tube dodges. Sometimes when I watch the guy, I wonder why he doesn’t have a world title.

Everyone loves watching him surf, especially at Stockton Avenue¿he pretty much owns “The Ave.” He surfs every break in town and prides himself on scoring optimum conditions. From driving a thousand miles up north, or flying to remote places all over the planet, he’s always on a mission. Let’s just put it this way, “He’s seizing the moment.”

I’ve known Adam since he was ten. It was rad seeingthis little grom who ripped one-foot Capitola turn into a world-class pro surfer. I had to move to the East Side when I was a grom, and Rodent used to tell me “Beat it, West Sider!” It was the funniest thing. He used to tell me that East Side surfers were the best and all kinds of crap, so it’s funny how much I see him surfing the West Side nowadays. Adam has become an A-plus act¿surfing waves from two to twenty feet, and he can tube ride with the very best. He should run for president.¿Skindog

Josh Mulcoy, a.k.a. Molks

This guy has to be the number-one underrated surfer on the planet. He surfs soo goood! Molks is a S.C. legend who really likes tubes¿he’s always in search of barrels. When it’s eight to ten foot and gaping, you’ll see him driving up and down the wall, way back in the cave.

Molks rips the hell out of the Harbor mouth, and why not? His dad (Harbor Bill) killed it back in the day. It’s a family tradition. Josh is the guy who started all this Midtown stuff. He lives right in the middle of town and thinks the East versus West thing is a joke, so he claims Midtown. He doesn’t go out and party much¿matter of fact, never. He’d rather get up before the sun and get out in the water while the rest of the crew are still sipping their coffees. When he was a grom, his pop would bring him to “The Ave.” and he’d watch it forever but never go out. We’d try to get him to go out, and he said he was “watching it.” Well, all that watching paid off, because now everyone watches him.¿Skindog

Shawn Barron, a.k.a. Barney

Hey, brah! Barney’s not a barney, brah! Shawn Barron’s one of the most futuristic surfers of our time. Besides busting flips and airs, he’s also focusing on charging some of the biggest waves on the planet. I can’t wait to see what he does at Mavs this next couple of years.Another thing people don’t know about Shawn is that he’s an incredible artist. When you go to his house, there’s a bunch of weird abstract statues in his front yard. Inside his house, there’re paintings on every wall, and his handmade little wire critters on the shelves. He’s into it like you wouldn’t believe. All the boys have a Barney piece in their collection. He’s been doing it forever, and it’s rad to see how his style has changed so many times over the years. His art is unique and very deep. My prediction is that someday he’ll be more famous for his art than his airs.¿Skindog

Randy Bonds, a.k.a. The Kid

Randy’s one of those surfers who has everything flowing for him¿he’s so smooth. It’s like that for him in whatever he does¿he does airs without trying and scores the babes without even talking. The Kid loves traveling and goes to Indo every season. Every time I talk to him, it seems like he just got back from another filthy boat trip in some tropical paradise.

At home, Randy has his routine dialed¿he shows up at the Lane around 8:00 a.m. and shoots photos all day long. I always see him on the eleven-to-two schedule, when nobody’s out, scoring tons of waves. Randy doesn’t talk much, but his surfing is making a lot of noise.¿Skindog

Tyler Smith, a.k.a. The Hog

Tyler Smith is the latest of the big-wave young guns. I’ve seen him get some big ol’ tubes at Pipeline, and he charges the Lane as big as it gets. He’s been putting in some time at Mavs, learning the ropes. He knows what it takes and is willing to pay his dues. This past summer, he’s been training and getting himself prepared for the next season. Hog works at M-10 surfboards and knows how to make a board from start to finish. When he doesn’t have his hands in resin, he’s out surfing, blasting lips.¿Skindog

Darryl Virostko, a.k.a. Flea

If you were to look up the word West Side in the dictionary, you’d see a photo of Flea. He’s hands down the biggest supporter of the West Side, so he’s our mascot. I think he’s the best big-wave paddle-in surfer of our time. He’s fearless and catches more waves than anybody.

The main reason he’s so hell-bent on charging is because he’s from the West Side, the land where V.C. Vince Collier, Schmidty Richard Schmidt, and a dozen other chargers live. He feels the need to represent his turf. He wants to let the world know that the West Side boys charge big waves. Flea is all stoked. He bought a house on the West Side, and he shares it with his brother Troy and his dog Passion. One more thing, The Flea never, ever surfs the East Side.¿Skindog

Kieran Horn, a.k.a Hassle HornKieran Horn is one of the best surfers I’ve ever seen. It’s no joke how powerful, stylish, and rail-to-rail he surfs. I’m not just saying that because he’s one of my best friends. He surfs good not only on the East Side, but at Sunset Beach in Hawai’i and the Box in Australia¿you name it. If you get him in a heat, you’re f¿ked. Hassle Horn is known around the world as a threat in any heat. His WQS wins have made him a respected guy on tour.

Kieran is a quiet person who lets his surfing do the talking. Talking to him out of the water, you’d almost think he’s a jock sporting his 49ers or Giants hat (depending on which season it is). He also knows all the stats and insider stuff any jock needs to know. If you see him late Sunday evening looking pissed in the water and absolutely igniting the lip, chances are the 49ers just lost.

Kieran grew up on the East Side of Santa Cruz, first as a Capitola rat, then graduating to Pleasure Point. As a youngster, he looked up to such stylish surfers as Adam Replogle.

Growing up at the East Side point breaks has given Kieran a sick carving style. He’s taken that style and approach to waves all over the world and gained a lot of respect at the same time.¿Omar Etcheverry

Ken Collins, a.k.a Skindog

Skindog is a really cool cat. He always seems to be doing something for someone, whether it’s putting on one of his Veeco contests, or showing a free surf movie with a billion free prizes. Skindog is a Santa Cruz staple. Ever since I can remember, he’s been a stand-out guy, punting airs, and getting barreled at every spot in town.

I thought I’d see a lot less of him when he took on the job of NorCal Volcom sales rep, but every time there’s a hint of a swell, the black Toyota 4Runner is always there with the Dog at the helm.

In the last few years, Skindog has been charging Mavericks whenever it’s surfable. If it’s too big to paddle out, he’s towing into ridiculous waves that are bigger than buildings. To top all this off, Skindog is a really nice person, unless you roast him at the Lane. But if you’re doin’ that, you’re askin’ for it anyway.¿Nelly

Homer Henard, a.k.a Henards, He-nuts

Homer is a classic guy. I love hangin’ with him because his attitude is almost always positive. When the waves are good, he gets so psyched he can barely contain himself. Homer speaks his own language, and his slang is so out of hand that he always keeps the boys laughing when we’re on surf missions.

Henards is a sick tube rider, not just because he knows how to ride the barrel, but because he seems to always make the drop¿no matter how square the wave is. I’ve seen him air-drop into big pits on waves most guys wouldn’t have a prayer on. Besides big barrels, Homer likes to punt big aerials¿the double rail grab being his signature air. He loves to play Tony Hawk Pro Skater 2, and he’s always talking about how pumped he gets to try different airs, grabs, flips, etc. As I’m writing this, Homer’s in Tavarua getting barreled out of his mind. I was supposed to go, but that bitch went without me! Right on, He-nuts!¿Nelly

Matt Rockhold, a.k.a. Rocky

Rocky’s a very well-rounded surfer. Growing up surfing Midtown and Pleasure Point, he learned early on how to link together maneuvers and bank off sections. Not long after that, Matt started doing airs. Air after air, wave after wave, he was determined to get them down, and that’s exactly what he did. He does the hugest airs and is now ranked at the top of the air-show series¿last year he placed fifth overall. I love traveling with Rocky, he’s got a killer attitude and some of the funniest stories ever. It seems like he’s got something up his sleeve. Every time we go to shoot, he always seems to get the wave of the day.

When he’s not traveling, he likes to chill with his girlfriend Monica or hang out and play Ping-Pong with his bros over at the Peterson pad. Just back from a promo trip to Japan, Planet Earth had him and Taylor Knox surfing and signing autographs, and he’ll soon be flying off to the North Shore and mainland Mexico. It’s because of his sponsors like Earth, O’Neill, DVS, Freestyle, Xanadu, and Destination Surf that Rocky has to endure this rough lifestyle.¿Nelly

Omar Etcheverry, a.k.a. O-Dog

O-Dog is a f¿kin’ ruler. He’s pretty much the coolest dude with the best attitude around. His house sits right across the street from Pleasure Point. Every day his house is littered with bikes, boards, and all the boys heckling, laughing, and hanging out. Omar turned pro at the ripe young age of sixteen and has been on a mission ever since. He’s always traveling to get waves.

Last year, he’d just gotten back from New Zealand and Portugal when I called him to see if he wanted to go to Mexico. He wassleeping off his jet lag in the middle of the day, so I was surprised when he yelled, “Let’s do this!” into the phone.

Omar doesn’t play into the whole East Side versus West Side thing too much, he just likes surfing and having fun. Being cast into the surf-industry circus s taken that style and approach to waves all over the world and gained a lot of respect at the same time.¿Omar Etcheverry

Ken Collins, a.k.a Skindog

Skindog is a really cool cat. He always seems to be doing something for someone, whether it’s putting on one of his Veeco contests, or showing a free surf movie with a billion free prizes. Skindog is a Santa Cruz staple. Ever since I can remember, he’s been a stand-out guy, punting airs, and getting barreled at every spot in town.

I thought I’d see a lot less of him when he took on the job of NorCal Volcom sales rep, but every time there’s a hint of a swell, the black Toyota 4Runner is always there with the Dog at the helm.

In the last few years, Skindog has been charging Mavericks whenever it’s surfable. If it’s too big to paddle out, he’s towing into ridiculous waves that are bigger than buildings. To top all this off, Skindog is a really nice person, unless you roast him at the Lane. But if you’re doin’ that, you’re askin’ for it anyway.¿Nelly

Homer Henard, a.k.a Henards, He-nuts

Homer is a classic guy. I love hangin’ with him because his attitude is almost always positive. When the waves are good, he gets so psyched he can barely contain himself. Homer speaks his own language, and his slang is so out of hand that he always keeps the boys laughing when we’re on surf missions.

Henards is a sick tube rider, not just because he knows how to ride the barrel, but because he seems to always make the drop¿no matter how square the wave is. I’ve seen him air-drop into big pits on waves most guys wouldn’t have a prayer on. Besides big barrels, Homer likes to punt big aerials¿the double rail grab being his signature air. He loves to play Tony Hawk Pro Skater 2, and he’s always talking about how pumped he gets to try different airs, grabs, flips, etc. As I’m writing this, Homer’s in Tavarua getting barreled out of his mind. I was supposed to go, but that bitch went without me! Right on, He-nuts!¿Nelly

Matt Rockhold, a.k.a. Rocky

Rocky’s a very well-rounded surfer. Growing up surfing Midtown and Pleasure Point, he learned early on how to link together maneuvers and bank off sections. Not long after that, Matt started doing airs. Air after air, wave after wave, he was determined to get them down, and that’s exactly what he did. He does the hugest airs and is now ranked at the top of the air-show series¿last year he placed fifth overall. I love traveling with Rocky, he’s got a killer attitude and some of the funniest stories ever. It seems like he’s got something up his sleeve. Every time we go to shoot, he always seems to get the wave of the day.

When he’s not traveling, he likes to chill with his girlfriend Monica or hang out and play Ping-Pong with his bros over at the Peterson pad. Just back from a promo trip to Japan, Planet Earth had him and Taylor Knox surfing and signing autographs, and he’ll soon be flying off to the North Shore and mainland Mexico. It’s because of his sponsors like Earth, O’Neill, DVS, Freestyle, Xanadu, and Destination Surf that Rocky has to endure this rough lifestyle.¿Nelly

Omar Etcheverry, a.k.a. O-Dog

O-Dog is a f¿kin’ ruler. He’s pretty much the coolest dude with the best attitude around. His house sits right across the street from Pleasure Point. Every day his house is littered with bikes, boards, and all the boys heckling, laughing, and hanging out. Omar turned pro at the ripe young age of sixteen and has been on a mission ever since. He’s always traveling to get waves.

Last year, he’d just gotten back from New Zealand and Portugal when I called him to see if he wanted to go to Mexico. He wassleeping off his jet lag in the middle of the day, so I was surprised when he yelled, “Let’s do this!” into the phone.

Omar doesn’t play into the whole East Side versus West Side thing too much, he just likes surfing and having fun. Being cast into the surf-industry circus at such a early age, it’s refreshing to see that he still retains so much stoke.¿Nelly

Joey Hutson, a.k.a. Buttafuco

This kid’s got game, or should I say this man-child has game. Joe is huge, I swear he’s on ‘roids. He looks like a body builder, or something. Mr. Hutson was born and raised on the West Side and represents every day. He surfs all day long and still has energy left for the nighttime.

His whole family surfs. His dad is to blame, ’cause he’s a surfer, too. His dad’s not only a surfer, but he’s also an old-school pro skater who has a record for bombing hills at 59 mph standing up. Well, Pops definitely got all the kids ripping at a young age¿Joanne, Joey, and Jeffery are all badasses who have tons of talent. When Joe was ten, he and Russell Smith were all-star Little Leaguers and were going to be pro baseball players some day. They got surfboards for Christmas one year and never played ball again. I think that was a smart choice.¿Skindog

Peter Mel, a.k.a The Condor

Peter Mel is one of the best surfers in the world! If you’d like to argue about it, just call me. You name the surf, or type of surfing, and Peter will do it just as good or better than almost anyone¿big waves, airs, power surfing, contests, and he even wraps it up with a smooth style.

Behind all the charging and fame, Peter Mel is a nice guy. I’ve known and looked up to him for as long as I’ve surfed. He even helped me get one of my first sponsors as a grom¿that’s the type of person he is, a local hero who’s just absolutely blown up all over the world in the last five years. I think it’s funny when people say, “Where did this charger come from?” because Pete’s always been there charging.

Mr. Mel is as local as they come in Santa Cruz. He grew up as a South Sider, spent a lot time at his family business (Freeline Surf Shop) on the East Side, and is known for throwing quite a few freesurfs all over the West Side, Midtown, and up North¿the variety of surf has made Pete dangerous in all conditions.Now a family man with wife Tara, son Anthony, and newborn son John (named after Pete’s dad), Pete seems to be even more focused than ever. Next time you see a picture of Pete Mel in any newspaper or magazine, just remember he deserved that shot plus five more.¿Omar Etcheverry

Chris Gallagher, a.k.a. Galley

Ladies and gentlemen, I proudly introduce to you, Santa Cruz’s number-one rated ASP professional surfer, Chris Gallagher. Galley is a competition machine, a complete animal in heats. Galley and Rodent were the only guys from S.C. to qualify for the WCT, and Chris took it the farthest.

When he was young, he set his goals on the World Tour and went to work. A lot of people think being a pro surfer is a big vacation, but it’s not, it’s heaps of work. You travel halfway around the world, and before you can unpack your bags, you have to go out and perform your best. When you’re done competing, you jump on a plane and do it all over again a thousand miles away. It’s no picnic: If you have a shocker, you have to shake it off and push forward.

Galley has accomplished a lot as a pro surfer, more than anyone in S.C. The sad part is that he spent more time in heats than in front of the camera. While he was getting results on tour, other guys were overshadowing him by getting cover shots, busting sick airs, and doing psycho drops at Mavs. The fact is, photos or no photos, Galley is Santa Cruz’s best competitor, and that’s a title only he’ll have for a long time. So, Galley, rock on with your bad self!¿Skindog

Jason Collins, a.k.a. Ratboy

Okay, what could I possibly tell you about Ratty that you don’t already know? He’s the numero-uno aerialist on the planet. He does them all¿frontside, backside, spins, grabs, huge ollies, and alley-oops. You name it, he busts it, and he busts with style! There’s something about the way he floats, it’s just perfect. Anyone who digs airs, digs Rat.

What you probably don’t know about Rat is that he’s getting better with age¿he’s more consistent and polisheed. In today’s big corporate youth movement, it’s funny seeing the next generation not even coming close to the Rat attack!

When Jason first hit the scene, some people claimed him as some kind of a circus act. But nowadays, it’s obvious everyone wants to get into this show. Keep your eyes peeled for the new Ratboy video coming out soon, and then you’ll see what I’m babbling about.¿Skindog

Julian Sekon, a.k.a. Sunset

Julian Sekon has many talents. On the modeling runway in Brazil, at the local gym, and in the water, he’s a standout. Julian works hard at whatever he desires. After getting a little burned out on the surf scene, Julian disappeared to Brazil for a while to find his true passion in life. When he had returned, you could tell he’d found it, and it was surfing in the cold waters of S.C. I think I’ve seen him in the water almost every day since then.

Why’d Julian go to Brazil? He said he needed to take a break from everything. The whole experience has helped him learn a lot about life and has improved his surfing.

I remember when we were groms, he used to push me and the other groms every day. He’d give us shit if we wouldn’t paddle out on the big days, get us psyched up for contests, make us crack it in the morning, and heckle us about the flaws in our surfing style so we’d get better. When I was twelve, I had a huge, wide stance. Julian gave me so much shit about it, until one day he scraped all the wax off of the upper part of my board, and made me go surf. At the time I thought he was being a bully, but now I thank him for it. He’s a great motivator. It’s good to see Julian back in the water more psyched than ever.¿Omar Etcheverrysuch a early age, it’s refreshing to see that he still retains so much stoke.¿Nelly

Joey Hutson, a.k.a. Buttafuco

This kid’s got game, or should I say this man-child has game. Joe is huge, I swear he’s on ‘roids. He looks like a body builder, or something. Mr. Hutson was born and raised on the West Side and represents every day. He surfs all day long and still has energy left for the nighttime.

His whole family surfs. His dad is to blame, ’cause he’s a surfer, too. His dad’s not only a surfer, but he’s also an old-school pro skater who has a record for bombing hills at 59 mph standing up. Well, Pops definitely got all the kids ripping at a young age¿Joanne, Joey, and Jeffery are all badasses who have tons of talent. When Joe was ten, he and Russell Smith were all-star Little Leaguers and were going to be pro baseball players some day. They got surfboards for Christmas one year and never played ball again. I think that was a smart choice.¿Skindog

Peter Mel, a.k.a The Condor

Peter Mel is one of the best surfers in the world! If you’d like to argue about it, just call me. You name the surf, or type of surfing, and Peter will do it just as good or better than almost anyone¿big waves, airs, power surfing, contests, and he even wraps it up with a smooth style.

Behind all the charging and fame, Peter Mel is a nice guy. I’ve known and looked up to him for as long as I’ve surfed. He even helped me get one of my first sponsors as a grom¿that’s the type of person he is, a local hero who’s just absolutely blown up all over the world in the last five years. I think it’s funny when people say, “Where did this charger come from?” because Pete’s always been there charging.

Mr. Mel is as local as they come in Santa Cruz. He grew up as a South Sider, spent a lot time at his family business (Freeline Surf Shop) on the East Side, and is known for throwing quite a few freesurfs all over the West Side, Midtown, and up North¿the variety of surf has made Pete dangerous in all conditions.Now a family man with wife Tara, son Anthony, and newborn son John (named after Pete’s dad), Pete seems to be even more focused than ever. Next time you see a picture of Pete Mel in any newspaper or magazine, just remember he deserved that shot plus five more.¿Omar Etcheverry

Chris Gallagher, a.k.a. Galley

Ladies and gentlemen, I proudly introduce to you, Santa Cruz’s number-one rated ASP professional surfer, Chris Gallagher. Galley is a competition machine, a complete animal in heats. Galley and Rodent were the only guys from S.C. to qualify for the WCT, and Chris took it the farthest.

When he was young, he set his goals on the World Tour and went to work. A lot of people think being a pro surfer is a big vacation, but it’s not, it’s heaps of work. You travel halfway around the world, and before you can unpack your bags, you have to go out and perform your best. When you’re done competing, you jump on a plane and do it all over again a thousand miles away. It’s no picnic: If you have a shocker, you have to shake it off and push forward.

Galley has accomplished a lot as a pro surfer, more than anyone in S.C. The sad part is that he spent more time in heats than in front of the camera. While he was getting results on tour, other guys were overshadowing him by getting cover shots, busting sick airs, and doing psycho drops at Mavs. The fact is, photos or no photos, Galley is Santa Cruz’s best competitor, and that’s a title only he’ll have for a long time. So, Galley, rock on with your bad self!¿Skindog

Jason Collins, a.k.a. Ratboy

Okay, what could I possibly tell you about Ratty that you don’t already know? He’s the numero-uno aerialist on the planet. He does them all¿frontside, backside, spins, grabs, huge ollies, and alley-oops. You name it, he busts it, and he busts with style! There’s something about the way he floats, it’s just perfect. Anyone who digs airs, digs Rat.

What you probably don’t know about Rat is that he’s getting better with age¿he’s more consistent and polished. In today’s big corporate youth movement, it’s funny seeing the next generation not even coming close to the Rat attack!

When Jason first hit the scene, some people claimed him as some kind of a circus act. But nowadays, it’s obvious everyone wants to get into this show. Keep your eyes peeled for the new Ratboy video coming out soon, and then you’ll see what I’m babbling about.¿Skindog

Julian Sekon, a.k.a. Sunset

Julian Sekon has many talents. On the modeling runway in Brazil, at the local gym, and in the water, he’s a standout. Julian works hard at whatever he desires. After getting a little burned out on the surf scene, Julian disappeared to Brazil for a while to find his true passion in life. When he had returned, you could tell he’d found it, and it was surfing in the cold waters of S.C. I think I’ve seen him in the water almost every day since then.

Why’d Julian go to Brazil? He said he needed to take a break from everything. The whole experience has helped him learn a lot about life and has improved his surfing.

I remember when we were groms, he used to push me and the other groms every day. He’d give us shit if we wouldn’t paddle out on the big days, get us psyched up for contests, make us crack it in the morning, and heckle us about the flaws in our surfing style so we’d get better. When I was twelve, I had a huge, wide stance. Julian gave me so much shit about it, until one day he scraped all the wax off of the upper part of my board, and made me go surf. At the time I thought he was being a bully, but now I thank him for it. He’s a great motivator. It’s good to see Julian back in the water more psyched than ever.¿Omar Etcheverryand alley-oops. You name it, he busts it, and he busts with style! There’s something about the way he floats, it’s just perfect. Anyone who digs airs, digs Rat.

What you probably don’t know about Rat is that he’s getting better with age¿he’s more consistent and polished. In today’s big corporate youth movement, it’s funny seeing the next generation not even coming close to the Rat attack!

When Jason first hit the scene, some people claimed him as some kind of a circus act. But nowadays, it’s obvious everyone wants to get into this show. Keep your eyes peeled for the new Ratboy video coming out soon, and then you’ll see what I’m babbling about.¿Skindog

Julian Sekon, a.k.a. Sunset

Julian Sekon has many talents. On the modeling runway in Brazil, at the local gym, and in the water, he’s a standout. Julian works hard at whatever he desires. After getting a little burned out on the surf scene, Julian disappeared to Brazil for a while to find his true passion in life. When he had returned, you could tell he’d found it, and it was surfing in the cold waters of S.C. I think I’ve seen him in the water almost every day since then.

Why’d Julian go to Brazil? He said he needed to take a break from everything. The whole experience has helped him learn a lot about life and has improved his surfing.

I remember when we were groms, he used to push me and the other groms every day. He’d give us shit if we wouldn’t paddle out on the big days, get us psyched up for contests, make us crack it in the morning, and heckle us about the flaws in our surfing style so we’d get better. When I was twelve, I had a huge, wide stance. Julian gave me so much shit about it, until one day he scraped all the wax off of the upper part of my board, and made me go surf. At the time I thought he was being a bully, but now I thank him for it. He’s a great motivator. It’s good to see Julian back in the water more psyched than ever.¿Omar Etcheverry