Cruising With Taylor Stopnik

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Sitting in his parents’ garage and working on his 1977 Harley
for an afternoon cruise is 17-year-old Taylor Stopnik, the youngest
of 3 Stopnik brothers. As you gaze around the garage at all
the motorcycle memorabilia, you get a sense of where he gets
his influences from. Not surprising that just like his brothers
and at a young age, he already possesses his own unique style
in whatever he does, whether it’s surfing, skating or fixing up
motorcycles. It’s always refreshing to see groms in OC making
their own path and doing what they love, so we couldn’t wait to
sit down with Taylor and see what he’s all about!

G+J: How did you get started surfing?
T+S: I was always around the beach growing up
swimming and playing in the water. I’d always get
pushed into waves on a boogie board, and once
I started standing up on it, it was game on from
there!
G+J: What came first? Skating, motorcycles or
surfing?
T+S: Probably skating. There was always the
street out front, and skateboards are pretty easy
to stand up and roll around on.
G+J: Which do you gravitate most to?
T+S: Surfing. I’m not really sure why; once I
started getting up on the board, I was hooked.
G+J: Tell us a little bit about the motorcycles and
how you got started.
T+S: My dad started us all off on them. I was
4-5 years old and riding a Honda 50cc with
training wheels before I could ride a bicycle.
From there, I was always dirt biking. My buddy
who lived down the street had a sweet dirt bike
track in his back yard that we would ride daily. I
rode my first Harley at 13. At 15 I bought a 1977
Harley shovelhead motor and frame, then built it
up ‘til I could get a motorcycle permit at 16.
G+J: What bikes are you riding?
T+S: 1977 Harley Shovelhead. 2001 Suzuki
drz 400. 1988 Yamaha 50 with board racks…
no need to worry about summer parking with this
bad boy.
G+J: Do you have a favorite biker movie?
T+S: I’ve watched Wild Hogs over 10 times.
G+J: How did your brothers influence you?
T+S: I probably wouldn’t be doing anything today
without them. They taught me how to surf and
skate. They always brought me to the beach and
to the skate park and pushed me to try harder.
G+J: What are your thoughts on contests versus
free surfing?
T+S: Surfing has always been something I’ve
enjoyed doing. I’ve done a few contests but when
you see people not make their heat and get all
pissed off; it just takes away a lot of what surfing
should be about.
G+J: What’s the perfect day like for you?
T+S: I don’t really know what to say. I’m 17 and
just graduated. I live three blocks away from the
beach. I live at home for free. We basically have
waves 340 days out of the year and it only rains
a handful of times per year. For me, every day I
wake up I’m living the perfect day!
G+J: Who or what are some of your influences?
T+S: My friends and family, Christian Fletcher’s
pretty badass too.
G+J: Plans for the future?
T+S: Surfing, skating, swap meets, Craigslist,
flipping motorcycles. anything but a 9-5 job.
G+J: Any closing words?
T+S: Don’t let the man keep you down. Thanks
for putting me in the mag!


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Sitting in his parents’ garage and working on his 1977 Harley
for an afternoon cruise is 17-year-old Taylor Stopnik, the youngest
of 3 Stopnik brothers. As you gaze around the garage at all
the motorcycle memorabilia, you get a sense of where he gets
his influences from. Not surprising that just like his brothers
and at a young age, he already possesses his own unique style
in whatever he does, whether it’s surfing, skating or fixing up
motorcycles. It’s always refreshing to see groms in OC making
their own path and doing what they love, so we couldn’t wait to
sit down with Taylor and see what he’s all about!

G+J: How did you get started surfing?
T+S: I was always around the beach growing up
swimming and playing in the water. I’d always get
pushed into waves on a boogie board, and once
I started standing up on it, it was game on from
there!
G+J: What came first? Skating, motorcycles or
surfing?
T+S: Probably skating. There was always the
street out front, and skateboards are pretty easy
to stand up and roll around on.
G+J: Which do you gravitate most to?
T+S: Surfing. I’m not really sure why; once I
started getting up on the board, I was hooked.
G+J: Tell us a little bit about the motorcycles and
how you got started.
T+S: My dad started us all off on them. I was
4-5 years old and riding a Honda 50cc with
training wheels before I could ride a bicycle.
From there, I was always dirt biking. My buddy
who lived down the street had a sweet dirt bike
track in his back yard that we would ride daily. I
rode my first Harley at 13. At 15 I bought a 1977
Harley shovelhead motor and frame, then built it
up ‘til I could get a motorcycle permit at 16.
G+J: What bikes are you riding?
T+S: 1977 Harley Shovelhead. 2001 Suzuki
drz 400. 1988 Yamaha 50 with board racks…
no need to worry about summer parking with this
bad boy.
G+J: Do you have a favorite biker movie?
T+S: I’ve watched Wild Hogs over 10 times.
G+J: How did your brothers influence you?
T+S: I probably wouldn’t be doing anything today
without them. They taught me how to surf and
skate. They always brought me to the beach and
to the skate park and pushed me to try harder.
G+J: What are your thoughts on contests versus
free surfing?
T+S: Surfing has always been something I’ve
enjoyed doing. I’ve done a few contests but when
you see people not make their heat and get all
pissed off; it just takes away a lot of what surfing
should be about.
G+J: What’s the perfect day like for you?
T+S: I don’t really know what to say. I’m 17 and
just graduated. I live three blocks away from the
beach. I live at home for free. We basically have
waves 340 days out of the year and it only rains
a handful of times per year. For me, every day I
wake up I’m living the perfect day!
G+J: Who or what are some of your influences?
T+S: My friends and family, Christian Fletcher’s
pretty badass too.
G+J: Plans for the future?
T+S: Surfing, skating, swap meets, Craigslist,
flipping motorcycles. anything but a 9-5 job.
G+J: Any closing words?
T+S: Don’t let the man keep you down. Thanks
for putting me in the mag!

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