We had a lot of questions about American surfing.
Why has the number of Americans on Tour declined? Are American kids any less motivated than kids from other parts of the world? Is there anything wrong with the American amateur system? Should surfers from Hawaii surf for America? Are we less patriotic than other nations?
We could’ve tried to answer these questions ourselves. We could’ve drank coffee and punched keys from the confines of our office. We could’ve driven up and down the forevers of the country’s coastal roads, finding refuge and realization at any of the peaks wedging within her precious coves. We could’ve spent late nights drinking wine or whiskey or just plain water and arrived at some sort of a conclusion.
That would’ve been the easy way.
Instead, we got on the phone.
Towards the end of 2015, we called every American surfer on the CT. And on a sweaty North Shore evening, we brought them all together and sat down at a round table. Cameras rolled. Microphones listened. Mosquitos hummed and questions were asked. Here are the answers.