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Best I Ever Saw

Tom Carey on Andrew Doheny

In 2012, I went on a trip to the Telo Islands with some of the best young surfers in the world—the Coffin brothers, Dillon Perillo, Jack Freestone, Clay Marzo, and Andrew Doheny. Out of all of them, it was Andrew’s surfing that was absolutely mind blowing. At that time, surfing was in a place where progression was about finding an onshore ramp, speeding down the line, and trying to do a ten-foot punt. The waves we got on that trip were quality—overhead, glassy, powerful, and breaking over reef.

“It was shallow and had consequences. It definitely wasn’t the typical type of progressive setup and conditions. Andrew was on a different level.”

It was shallow and had consequences. It definitely wasn’t the typical type of progressive setup and conditions. But Andrew was on a different level, and his surfing in those waves was totally refreshing. He was riding a board he shaped himself, and was doing powerful rail surfing, but above the lip. It was fast, stylish, aggressive and, to me, felt original. He was drawing completely different lines and surfing the entire wave—not just looking for one good section. It fully changed my view of what “high performance” really meant on a surfboard. His ability to mix power and aggression with agility and technique was something I’d never seen before.

 

Photo by Tom Carey