And, CJ Hobgood, 2001 World Champ who is one of the hardest working people in surfing, making a life and career for himself after competition by working with brands like Igloo Coolers and Salty Crew. I love grabbing a coffee with him every show, just talking about family and catching up on life post Tour.
We run a bed and breakfast for surfers on the island of Lanzarote in The Canary Islands, where we live part-time, we make the pilgrimage to the North Shore each winter with the rest of the surf world, we settle into our other part-time home of California for a bit of the year, and bounce around the rest of the globe year-around for business, always together.
That’s what makes something like Surf Expo more than just a trade show to me — because it’s so rare to find something where all these friends from around the world collect in one place.
Friends, like David Skedelski from Surf Co Hawaii, who invites me over to his house for dinner every time I am in Hawaii for the VANS Triple Crown of Surfing.
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