Hailing from the Island of Kauai, Hawaii, Barca grew up as a part of the endless bucket of talent the islands have been producing. The rugged regular-footer has now emerged alongside the Irons brothers and Roy Powers as another Kauai native to grace the ASP World Tour with their presence alongside the rest of the world’s finest surfing pedigree. Considered by many to be the most underrated Hawaiian surfer on the planet, Barca will have 2009 to showcase his talent on a global scale to earn the recognition he deserves.
After hacking it out on the ASP World Qualifying Series (WQS) for several years, Barca’s hard-fought battle on the Grind will no doubt make him hungry to hold his head above water alongside the rest of the ASP Top 45. The 27-year-old is known for massive airs and pulling into sick barrels and the Hawaiian will come out all guns firing on his maiden voyage on the ASP World Tour in 2009.
Q & A
You certainly didn’t have it easy making the tour—how many years were you working toward this goal?
I was on the tour—but not too serious about it—for like four years, then the last two years I’ve been doing it for real.
You had a lot of ups and downs in those years. I remember at one point you had a bad accident and burned the your hand. Then there’s always tough losses and long flights home. At any point did you feel like saying, “Screw it” and head home to Kauai?
Halfway through this last year I was ready to throw in the towel, but I just put my head down and kept trying.
What kept you going?
Not wanting to be known as an underachiever.
How did it feel when you finally qualified for the World Championships Tour?
Honestly it never really kicked in. Sometimes I’ll be sitting on the beach and realize I made it and feel proud of myself. When I actually get out there and do something I’ll feel happier, though.