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Conner Coffin
updated: Mar 08, 2014, 1:00 PM

By David Powdrell

So here's the deal….one of the many fringe benefits of living on the beautiful Carpinteria coast is that every now and then you stumble upon something really interesting, sometimes world class.

After the deluge of rain and wind last week, I loaded up the camera equipment and strolled the low tide coast hoping to get some surf photos. The surf was still big, a little bumpy, but significantly cleaner than during the rain storm that had just brought over 4" of rain to our much needed area.

Now it's known that Santa Barbara spits out world class surfers like Tommy Lasorda used to spit out sunflower seeds on the baseball field. There must be something in the water here. Tommy Curren, Kim Mearig, Bobby Martinez, Dane Reynolds, Lakey Peterson, Tim Smalley, Davey Smith, the Malloy brothers, Killian Garland, Demi Boelstreli and a slew of others.

So I round the corner on my walk and see some of the talented Carpinteria local surfers; Ian O'Neill, Sean Lesh, Aaron Smith and others. They're ripping, doing aerials, getting some great tube rides and putting on an impressive show.

And then this young guy, who I don't recognize from afar, takes off on a set wave. With impressive power and clean, drawn out carved turns, he puts on a world class dance with this wave. I'm snapping like crazy but I can't tell who this kid is.

I didn't find out until 2 days later that it was 20-year-old Conner Coffin, winner of the 2013 Rincon Classic, 2006 NSSA Open Boys National Champion and 2012 Pipeline Pro Junior champion.

Now I'm just a guy strolling the beach, but I gotta tell you, I think Conner Coffin has a good chance to be the next world champion surfer coming from Santa Barbara. And word on the street is that his younger brother, Parker, has an equal chance of grabbing the title.

Random strolls on the beach are good for the soul; you never know what you'll find.


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