Under The Influence: Conner Coffin
The only thing worse than being overbooked is never being booked at all. Conner Coffin understands this, which is why when I saw him at the Hurley Pro after-party last night and asked for an interview, he said, “Of course! Can we do it at 9 tomorrow morning?” It was his only opening in the next three weeks.
And so here we are — him and his brother, Parker, and me — eating Mexican omelets at a San Clemente café and talking about the tour, perspective and positivity. He’s just back from Africa. Tomorrow he leaves for Indo. He’ll be home for a premiere and then he’s off to Portugal. Conner’s slammed until the year’s end, but for now, he takes a sip of coffee and tells me about a magic J-Bay board. His life is one of airplanes, barrels and full-rail turns, and he knows things could be worse. In fact, they couldn’t be much better. —Taylor Paul
My dad works so hard — lately he’s been working from 5:30 a.m. till 7 p.m. I’ve gone and worked for him a few times, just digging ditches and moving gravel and shit. I helped on one job where we were doing these French drains, and for three days straight we were shoveling gravel. It was so tiring. But it’s good because it puts things in perspective like, “Wow, my job is so easy.”
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