14 year old Thatcher Johnson shreds Kelly Slater’s Wave


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Fresh off the WSL Test event, Kelly Slater Wave Co in California has been the talk of the industry. We managed a few words with Dragon youngster Thatcher Johnson, who snagged a session at the facility. This is what Young Thatcher thought of the experience.

Surfing Kelly’s wave was so much fun and it was so cool to be up there with just Kelly [Slater], John John [Florence], Nathan [Florence], Ivan, my Dad and [me].

I actually surfed it before the event. It just took me awhile to make my edit.

I think that the right felt a little more open and square than the left. The left felt a little tighter and harder for me to come out of but I think I liked the left even better than the right.

Even though I live in Hawaii, my favorite surf spot is Rincon because the wave is really good for all types of maneuvers. Also, it is a long right point where you can catch a bunch of waves.

My goals in surfing over the next couple of years are to make a national final and to get a proper barrel at Pipeline or Backdoor. Also, I just want to keep enjoying surfing.

For more from Thatcher, follow him on Instagram here.

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