South Coast Surf Team

Austin Nizic

by Robb on June 13, 2008

Age: 12
School: Corriea middle school GPA 3.8
Years of surfing: 5
Years of competing: 3
Sponsors: South Coast, Oneill, SCSA
Favorite Surf Spots: Sunset Cliffs, Scorpion Bay
Favorite Trick: Hang ten


2006 Windensea Menehune – 4th place
2006 Sunset Cliffs Surf And Turf – 3rd place
2005 Windensea Menehune – 3rd place
2005 La Jolla Surfing Assoc Menehune – 3rd place
2005 Encinitas Menehune – 2nd Place
2005 SCSA Surf Turf – 5th Place
2004 Jetty Kid – 1st Place
2004 SCSA Gromfest – 1st Place
2004 Spinal Cords – 4th Place

Kevin Whatley

by Robb on June 13, 2008

By Jody W. Wood

This month we had a little talk with team member and South Coast Windansea employee, Kevin Whatley. He’s a native San Diegan, and a local at the Crystal Pier in Pacific Beach. The day we met, in the water at the Crystal Pier, he impressed me not only with his surfing, but with his attitude and the fact that he came right up and introduced himself. Turns out, we’d spoken on the phone a few times and were both finally putting a face to the name. After watching him surf and hang out and joke around with the crowd, made up mostly of South Coast employees on this particular morning, I decided to feature him in a team rider profile. Here it goes.

Full name?
Kevin Peter Whatley

I am 18 years old.

I grew up and live in San Diego.

How long have you been surfing?
I’ve been surfing for about six years now.

Do you surf regular stance or goofy-footed?
I’m goofy-footed.

What is your favorite board of all time?
My newest 6′ rounded pin.

What is your favorite wave?
Any steep, punchy, and well-formed wave.

What do you consider your home break?
My home break is the Crystal Pier.

What was your best surf trip so far?
The best trip so far was to Puerto Escondido.

What are you career plans?
My goal is anything in the surf industry at this point.

Who are you sponsored by?
I ride for Reef, South Coast, and Sticky Bumps.

How long have you been competing?
I’ve been doing contests for two years now.

What are your best results so far?
5th overall in ISF, 3rd in the PB Summer Surf Off, 1st at 2006′-2007′ La Jolla Shores Association contest. I plan to do a lot more contests this year.

What kind of music are you into?
I listen to mostly rap and hardcore, but I also like ska and reggae.

What is your favorite surf film?
I guess Secret Machine right now because C.J. Hobgood is the best, but the new Young Guns is pretty all time as well.

Who is your favorite surfer?
C.J. Hobgood and Joel Parkinson are my favorites because they both surf the way I wish I could.

What are your influences?
I’m influenced by a lot of guys I surf with. We all share tips and styles in surfing and build off of each other.

Who would you like to thank or say hello to?
I would like to thank Bird and South Coast for helping me out so much in my surfing career, and my parents for supporting me in everything.

Where do you see yourself in ten years?
Graduated from college. Probably working as a sales representative for a surf company and going on sick surf trips.

Do you like surfing in the summer or winter better?
Winter is cool because most of the crowd goes away and we get better waves, but I really like summer because the water is nice and that’s when I go on all my surf trips.

How do you feel about surfing contests?
I love surfing contests. I get to hang out with a lot of cool guys, and see what impresses the judges, so that I know what to work on.

How would you describe your style or approach to surfing?
I’m more of a power surfer, and my approach to every wave is to get as much speed as possible and link as many turns as I can.

What are your hobbies outside of surfing?
Hanging out with my friends and a little skating.

Cory Edging

by Robb on June 13, 2008

Cory Edging

Cory Edging

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.



Favorite wave?
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.

Best results?
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.

Favorite bands?
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.

Favorite Surfers?
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.

Cory Edging

Cory Edging

Interview Updated 1/9/2011 by Raleigh

Daniel O’Keefe

by Robb on June 13, 2008

Daniel O’Keefe

Last Updated: Awhile Ago ;)

Born: March 5, 1986

Home town: Pacific Beach

Travels: 2x North Shore Oahu, Big Island, Kauai, Cabo San Lucas, Costa Rica

Sponsors: South Coast, Spy Optics, Imperial Motion

High school contest highlights:
1st over all Men’s division NoFear/YMCA series
1st over all Sobe/NoFear Air show

Competed in the NSSA College season on PLNU’s A-team while in attendance

Daniel O’Keefe

Kevin Barry

by Robb on June 13, 2008

Interview By Jody W. Wood

Kevin Barry is a familiar face around the South Coast Surf Shops in Ocean Beach and in the water. He’s put in a couple of summers working hard in the warehouse and this is his first summer in the shop. Kevin worked for me in the warehouse and was always right on the money with his work ethic and is one of the most well-mannered and respectful young men I’ve been around. He’s no slouch in the water either. Kevin’s only been surfing for a few years now and is a South Coast team rider as well. He grew up right here in Ocean Beach and is going into his senior year at Point Loma High School. Here is a little question and answer session with Kevin George Barry.

How old are you?

Favorite surf spot?
My favorite spot is Sunset Cliffs.

Who are your favorite surfers?
Joel Parkinson and Taj Burrow.

What is your favorite food?

What kind of music are you into?
Mostly rap.

What else do you do for fun besides surf?
Hang with my friends, relax, eat food.

What are your plans for surfing in the future?
I want to do some WQS events and some pro junior contests.

What has been your favorite surf trip so far?
My trip to Hawaii was the best.

What is the best part of surfing for you?
Just having fun with my friends.

Have you surfed a lot of contests lately?
Yeah, I’ve surfed quite a few contests lately, but really with no good results. Contests are not really my thing.

Who are your sponsors?
Quiksilver, Smith Optics, South Coast Surf Shops, and Julie Designs.

What stance do you ride?
I surf regular foot.

Where do you see yourself in 20 years?
Still surfing I hope.

Any thoughts on life after high school?
I’m off to college.

How many pull-ups can you do?
Maybe three? I’m really bad at those.

Who’s your favorite surfer from the South Coast Warehouse?
Jody Wood for sure.

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Jay Christensen

by Robb on June 13, 2008

By Jody W. Wood

Here’s a look at one of the best young surfer’s on the South Coast team. His name is Jay Christensen and he’s already making a name for himself in the local line-up and at contests. You might see him out at the Crystal Pier, or PB Point, or Taco Surf for some post-session grinds. Check him out in this month’s issue of Surfshot magazine with the South Coast Grom Model surfboard. South Coast Windansea’s Eric “Bird” Huffman says he’s one of the hardest working up and coming young surfers that he’s seen in the last fifteen years. “He’s very dedicated to surfing and his father is really supportive of him as well. He’s got a bright future ahead of him if he keeps his head on straight,” said Bird.

What is your full name?
Jay Christenson

How old are you?
11 years old

How long have you been surfing?
Four years

What kind of board do you ride?
5’2″ South Coast thumb-tail, by Robin Prodanovich.

What is your favorite place to surf?
My favorite spots are PB Point, the Crystal Pier, and Blacks.

What is your favorite manuever?
Front-side tail-slide!

How do you feel about surfing contests?
I feel good in contests, because I know I have to go big and make it!

Who are your favorite people to surf with?
John Norris, the Ruysschaert brothers, Mackanzie & my dad, Greg.

Who has had the biggest influence on you as far as surfing goes?
My dad, “Bird”, and Johnny.

Where do you see yourself in five years?
Doing every contest available and doing good in school.

Who are your sponsors?
South Coast Surf Shop, Hoodlamb Clothing, Taco Surf, FCS, and Gorilla Grip.

Anyone you’d like to say hello or thanks to?
Thanks to my dad for support and rides to all the contests, to Bird for all his wisdom & support, and to Robin Prodanovich for the sweet boards. And huge props to Sam and Cindi at Taco Surf for keeping me fat and happy. Love You Mom!

Sun Diego / Ezekiel Pro-Am Event #1 ~ 2ND Place
Sun Diego / Ezekiel Pro-Am Event #2 ~ 3RD Place
Sun Diego / Ezekiel Pro-Am Event #1 ~ 5TH & 1ST Place (Up 1 age Div.)
Sun Diego / Ezekiel Pro-Am Event #1 ~ 3RD Place
Koastal Kaos / No Fear Surf Series Event #1 ~ 3RD Place
Koastal Kaos / No Fear Surf Series Event #3 ~ 4TH Place
Koastal Kaos / No Fear Surf Series Event #4 ~ 4TH Place
NSSA EXPLORER Event #2 ~ 6TH Place
NSSA EXPLORER Event #3 ~ 10TH Place
NSSA EXPLORER Event #4 ~ 13TH Place
NSSA OPEN Event #2 ~ 13TH Place
NSSA OPEN Event #3 ~ 16TH Place
YMCA Surf Series Event #1 ~ 5TH Place
YMCA Surf Series Event #2 ~ 1ST Place
Revolt Style Surf Series Final Event ~ 1ST Place (17 yr. Under)
13TH Annual Jetty Kids Kontest ~ 3RD Place
3 Churches Fall Surf Classic ~ 2ND Place & 3RD Place (Up 1 age Div.)
WindanSea Annual Menehune Contest ~ 4Th Place in Repo.

Kirk LaRocco

by Robb on June 13, 2008

Kirk LaRocco
AGE: 14 Activities: surfing, and riding my dirt bike

Surfing history
Years surfing : 6 years
Competitive surfing: 3 years

Favorite surfing spots:
OB pier, Avalanche, Blacks, Trestles, Rincon, Malibu

Current sponsors: South Coast Surf Shop, Sunset Cliffs surfing association, Osiris and Julie Designs

Surf results:
2005 Sunset Cliffs grom fest 1st place
2005 Matix Series overall 4th place
2005 event #1Matix 1stplace
2005 event #7 Matix 3rd place
2005 event #8 Matix 4th place
2004 Sunset Cliffs grom fest 2ndplace
2004 Ezekiel series overall 1st place
2004 Tony Mezzadri 1st place
2003 Sunset Cliffs grom fest 1st place