Broken boards and a mean wipeout at Sunset punctuate lessons learned on the North Shore
Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 7 April, 2017 - Teen grom Stanley Norman has been on a mission to get out of his Cornwall neighborhood and surf the waves of the world He's traveling, training (yes, the Rocky theme song is blaring in his head) and he's being coached by Surf Solutions.
In the below interview Stan relays the latest lessons he's learned from his stint on the North Shore.
For someone who has never been to Hawaii why is it so good?
Hawaii is an amazing place to visit. Not only are the waves super good but the scenery and walks are breathtaking too. Oh and I happened to have the best ever sarnie (sandwich) of my life at Wailua Bakery.
Why is it such a pull for surfers?
The waves on Hawaii are sick. There’s a wave for all abilities from 2ft Rockies to 20ft Waimea. There’s so many great stirrers too to push your level the whole time.
Top 3 favourite waves to surf?
1st is Pipe because it tests your surfing to the limit. You have to be on your toes the whole time.
2nd is Rocky Point because it’s so much fun as you can do all sorts of turns and good tubes too.
3rd is Sunset. It was so good because it makes you scared all the time.
Where was your best wave of the trip?
At Sunset. I dropped down and saw the lip and I was so scared but I didn't fall and it was my most memorable wave. Amazing.
Biggest waves you paddled out in?
Waimea Bay for sure. It was hard to say how big it was. Ive never seen waves like that. 15ft for sure. I didn't really get any waves but was pumped to see it up close.
Any bad wipeouts?
My friend Jo Morris dropped in on me at Sunset and I had to change my line and I just died! And I also broke 3 boards in one morning at Rocky Point when it was pretty big. That sucked.
How hard is it getting a wave at Pipe?
When Pipe was good it was pretty much impossible to get one of the good ones. But when you do you can get the wave of your life. The locals there are amazing. I saw Koa Rothman and Nathan Florence get some amazing ones.
Do you really need a big board at Sunset?
You do because the wave is really powerful and scary too. It moves around a lot and it’s good to be abel to get out of the wave and also get ito some big ones. On the biggest days I used my coach Joel Gray’s 7fter and it felt good.
Top 3 places to eat?
Ted’s Bakery is really good any time of day. Wailua Bakery in Haleiwa does amazing smoothies and sarnies and then the mexican food truck by foodland is good too.
Who were you on the trip with?
It was a coaching trip with Surf Solutions. There’s was me and Jo Morris from Wales, Liam Murray Strout and Will Masterman. They were all so good. Liam was so nice and he helped me to surf better and also gives me tips on how to get the girls. Jo was so amazing he just makes the whole trip fun and Will is super good because he pushes me to surf good all the time.