Hailing from Virginia Beach, Michael Dunphy recently spent his summer in Orange County, getting his fill of Lowers. We asked the young shred a few questions, but make sure you watch his latest effort, all filmed at the famed San Clemente surf zone.
Dragon Alliance: You grew up out East, how does a place like Lowers compare to some of your local haunts?
Michael Dunphy: To be honest, Virginia Beach is pretty much never comparable to Lowers. Maybe one or two days a year we will get waves somewhat comparable to a Lowers wave. That’s why you’ll always find me down there if I’m in CA. [laughs]
DA: How did you find the crowds in SoCal? Does it compare to VB? A lot of the shots don’t look too too crowded?
MD: Yeah, the crowds in SoCal, in general, in and out of the water can be pretty hectic. You really have to time your sessions at Lowers or the crowd can just drive you crazy.
DA: 12 rights and 1 left in the video. You have something against surfing left?
MD: Ask any regular footer and it’s hard to turn away from those rights when they are doing their thing!
DA: I know the video focuses on San Clemente, but were there other spots in Cali you liked?
MD: I was always enjoy surfing Newport and [Huntington Beach] as well, but for video, lowers is really the best spot to get stuff done.
DA: You just got to Europe, what’s the overall plan for the trip?
MD: Yeah! doing two 6-Star events and one 10-Star event… Two in Portugal and one in Spain.
DA: You’re from the East, lived west this summer, and are in Europe currently. Where’s your favorite place you’ve ever surfed other than at home?
MD: I love surfing in the Caribbean. It’s close to home, the water is nuclear blue and there are places you can go with no surfers around.
DA: Based on your experience here this past summer, would you move back?
MD: Definitely! I always spend my summers in Orange County. Fun waves, lots of friends and plenty of pretty girls… 🙂
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