Heat strategies tend to differ from one surfer to the next. Some guys prefer to sit patiently and wait for the best possible waves. Others prefer a quick start to get points on the board. Conner Coffin is typically the former. His powerful approach, which he’s developed over countless hours on the long, fast walls at Rincon in Santa Barbara, Calif., caters best to a clean, open face. His air game isn’t on par with most of the talent of his generation, but he’s easily in the one-percentile when it comes to teenage power surfers.
Keramas lived up to its reputation on Day 7 of the Oakley Pro Junior. At first light, the lineup was packed with anxious freesurfers hoping to get a few bombing barrels before the comp started up. Overhead and reeling down the reef, it was the wave that competitors hoped they’d encounter when coming to Bali.