South Coast Surf Shops’ team rider Cory Edging is not only a good surfer, but is a level headed, respectful young man as well. He graduated from Point Loma High School in 2006 and is currently attending Cal Poly San Luis Obispo. He is majoring in Environmental Management and Protection with a concentration in Marine Sciences. He’s busy with school most of the time, but is satisfied with a few waves here and there. Get to know this guy.
Lots… I’ll just say Sunset Cliffs in general, cause its home.
Best surf trip you’ve been on?
Scorpion Bay is my favorite travel destination so far. I try to go there as much as possible. I’ve been 5 times now. Once I graduate, I am gonna go to Oz, New Zealand, Indo, and Bali, so I am sure that will be my best trip.
How long have you been surfing?
I have been surfing for about 9-10 years now. I wish I started earlier because it’s the best thing that’s ever happened to me.
What high school did you go to and what year did you graduate?
I went to Point Loma High School and graduated in 2006.
Where do you go to college and what year are you in?
I’m currently going to Cal Poly San Luis Obispo. I like SLO a lot. There are waves everywhere and a lot less people than San Diego. The water is WAY colder though, and there are big fishies.
What’s your major?
My major is Environmental Management and Protection with a concentration in Marine Sciences.
What are your plans for after college?
The past 3 summers I have been working for Coastal Environments. It is a coastal engineering and environmental consulting firm in La Jolla. I got to work on the big artificial kelp reef out by Trestles, and I did lots of work on the San Dieguito Lagoon Restoration Project, by the tracks in Del Mar. Once I graduate, I will most likely try to work with this company. One of my supervisors surfs, so we surf before and after work if it’s good. No complaints.
How long have you been a South Coast team rider?
About 7 years or so and I couldn’t be happier. Rob couldn’t be more kind to my family and myself. I cannot thank you enough Rob. Larry has made me some pretty magical toys and I have plenty more ideas floatin around in my head, so I will keep him busy.
How do you feel about surfing contests?
To me contests take the fun out of surfing. Things just get too selfish and hectic. To me that’s not what surfing is about. And who is to say that one guy does better turns than another guy. I could go on and on about my feelings about contests but I’ll hold myself back. Don’t get me wrong I don’t completely shun contests, I still do them. I compete for Cal Poly San Luis Obispo’s Surf Team and still have a good time haha.
4th in 3rd Round NSSA College Mens 07
4th in Quarter Finals NSSA College Mens 08
36th Overall NSSA College Mens 07/08 season
My biggest accomplishment was a Photo in Surfer Magazine (May 2010 issue, page 20 of the Hot 100 section)
Who do you like to surf with?
A few kids up at Poly but back home it’s pretty much usually Swink, Wageman and his brother Corey, Travis, and that’s pretty much it.
What kind of boards do you ride?
I was intrigued with fishes ever since I got my first one around junior year of high school. Currently, my whole quiver consists of fishes, except a bonzer I just got. I feel like fishes are way more fluid than a traditional shortboard. Without the center fin you can really feel the wave more and go where you want to go. In all honesty, I think fishes can do anything a standard thruster can do. And plus they haul ass haha.
What’s your favorite board of all time?
My favorite board is a 5’11” x 19.65” x 2.3” twin fin from South Coast shaped by Larry Ricci. The nose is pulled in like a shortboard but the tail is super wide like a traditional fish. It’s pretty much a shortboard that’s surfs like a fish. I have an exact replicate in epoxy too that I love.
Finally started surfing again a few weeks ago (shoulder popped out in November AFTER surgery). Feels great to get back in the water. Shoulder is def not 100% but I don’t know if it ever will be. I bought this brace that football players wear to keep their arms from popping out. It has this vest harness then another strap that goes around your arm so it kinda puts your arm on a leash and prevents the motion that causes it to pop out. So far so good.
Anything really. I am pretty open to any music. My favorite would have to be classic rock and reggae. Zeppelin, Tom Petty, Floyd, Clapton, Santana, Hendrix, CCR, Beatles, Neil Young, Tool, Stones, Jethro Tull, Slightly Stoopid, Vegetation, Marley, Peter Tosh, Barrington Levy, Jah Soldiers, Steel Pulse, Damian Marley, Diego Roots, and other random stuff like the Gorillaz, Little People, El Ten Eleven, Emancipator, Explosions in the Sky, Broken Bells….
Favorite surf movies?
I own over 100 surf videos…So I have way too many afvorites. All of the Thomas Campbell movies are good. The Seedling, Sprout, and The Present. Anyone that has seen Modern Collective has to say that’s one of their favorite movies. Dane’s Seen Unseen is REAL unREAL. Chippa Wilson’s new movie NOW is pretty nuts, so is Julian Wilson’s new movie, Scratching the Surface. Innersection was amazing. Castles in the Sky and Sipping JetStreams were both epic. Just Add Water, Tomorrow Today, Stranger Than Fiction, Days of the Strange, The Campaigns, The Momentums, Shelter, Blue Horizon, Hot Buttered Soul, Loose Change, Litmus. Derek Hynd’s part in Litmus is some of the most fluid, effortless surfing I have ever seen. Anyone that calls themselves a surfer needs to watch his part in the movie at least once in their life.
David Rastovich, Dan Malloy, Daniel Thompson, Rob Machado, Skip Frye, Dane Reynolds, Clay Marzo, Derek Hynd, and Tom Curren. Rastovich is my all time favorite though. Half my boards are shaped after boards he rides, and they rip.
Who would you like to thank or say hello to?
I’d like to say thanks to my Ma and Pops, all the buds, South Coast for always treating me well (THANK YOU Rob and Larry), George at Patagonia, and of course Huey for sendin us all the waves.
Interview Updated 1/9/2011 by Raleigh