Conner Coffin’s road to the WCT was never an easy one. After years of grinding on the ‘QS, scratching to qualify in gutless beachbreaks while watching peers like Kolohe Andino and John John Florence battle it out at some of the world’s best waves, Coffin finally secured a well-deserved position on Tour last year. Conner’s rookie year has been marked by explosive moments and convincing victories against Tour veterans, though his mission on the elite ‘CT stage comes down to more than just heat wins. As Coffin’s first year comes to a close, take a look at what keeps his eyes on the prize, and his nose to the grindstone.