Mind Surf – Carvemag.com
There are 110 miles of coastline on the central California coast between Jalama and Rincon. It offers a multitude of setups: point breaks, occasional reefs and plenty of kelpy and glassy conditions. This is where we find Conner Coffin, one of the most prominent surfers in the world.
While thrilled, Santa Barbara isn’t the easiest place to become a professional surfer. Narrow swell windows, coasts shaded by the Channel Islands and, of course, the crowds ensure that. The waves in the fall are sporadic, the spring capricious and the summer downright heartbreaking.
But like Tom Curren and Bobby Martinez before him, Conner is a Rincon staple whose undeniable talent cannot be denied. And his success isn’t driven by an internalized desire to wear a jersey. “Being in Santa Barbara, you had to be humble or you weren’t going to be surfing the right spots,” Conner says of his home. “There are so many good surfers and older guys who were gnarly. You can’t be so arrogant, little jerk, because you won’t get any waves or respect. I always had this goal of being a pro surfer, but I always wanted to get along with everyone and respect the hierarchy here.
Mind Surfing is 805 Beer’s latest original film. The film shines a light on the people and the waves that made Conner the surfer he is today. It also sheds light on who Conner really is, beyond just a surfer with opportunity, success and a jaw-dropping style that sits on a shelf labeled “Iconic.”
Directed by Keith Malloy (Fishpeople, Come Hell or High Water), it features interviews with Conner’s family and surfing legends like Shane Dorian, Lakey Peterson, Rosy Hodge, and more.