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Conan Craig in his first barrel. Photo: CBook
Conan Craig in his first barrel. Photo: CBook

Grom of the Week: Conan Craig

By Andrea Swayne

Conan Craig of San Clemente put on an impressive showing at the Western Surfing Association contest Saturday, April 12 in Oceanside. His U9 shortboard campaign came to an end in the Repechage round after a convincing Round 1 win and emerging from a stacked Round 2 heat in third place.

Conan’s last podium appearance came in March at the WSA Salt Creek event with a fifth-place finish. Conan will be one to watch next season in the U10s.

We caught up with the talented 8-year-old during the April 12 event to find out more about him.

Here’s what he had to say:

How long have you been surfing: Pretty much since I could walk.

Surfboard: My dad Danny Craig shapes under the label Dogfight. He made me a 4’8” with kind of a flat nose, a lot of rocker and extra foam to float me better. It works really great.

Contest strategy: Stay focused, don’t worry about the other surfers, be confident and don’t get down on yourself.

Favorite surf break: T Street.

Favorite music: I listen to everything.

Favorite TV show: I don’t know. I don’t watch a lot of TV.

Food: Healthy stuff like salad, apples, tomatoes, and my mom makes really good pasta I love.

School subject: Reading and math.

Dream surf trip: North Shore, Hawaii.

Interests outside of surfing: Skateboarding, bike riding and baseball.

Dream career: Pro surfer or pro skater.

Maneuver: Right now I’m trying to do a layback spray. I’ve been trying for a long time. I almost landed one Saturday but I fell back too much.

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