The G+J Interview with Nate Dorman

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Twenty year old Nate Dorman from Myrtle Beach, SC, spent a lot of time in the OC this year, doing events and surfing as often as possible. From Lowers to HB to the jetties in Newport, Nate was on it. He was usually seen with the legendary Joe Foster, getting photos as well as a ride.

GJ's Skip Snead caught up with Nate shortly after he left the OC and here's what he had to say…

Ghetto Juice: You spent a lot of time surfing the OC this past year. What do you think of the surf scene around here?
Nate Dorman: I love the OC surf scene. It has quickly become one of my second homes, with countless great waves to surf within a short drive, tons of contests for up and coming surfers, and lots of rippers. It's hard to leave!

G+J: What were some of your most memorable surfs during your stay?
N+D: One of the best was actually at Beach Blvd in Huntington during an early summer combo swell with offshore winds. Just me, Joey Buran and Jakeh Bradley trading off tubes. That was a blast.

G+J: What swells did you miss back home while you were here?
N+D: There were a couple hurricane swells I missed and my friends back home were posting photos getting shacked in the Outer Banks, or at home, that always hurts. But this happens more often when I'm at home and seeing my friends scoring California, so it balances out.

G+J: Who are some of the surfers in orange County who impressed you the most?
One grom Parker Cohn really impressed me at the Newport Beach Surf Championships. He is a really good surfer, he kills it! And obviously any time 'CT guys are in town. I saw Jordy and Kolohe out a few times at Salt Creek. Class is in session for me any time those guys paddle out.

G+J: How did you kill time between surfs? Where did you go, what did you do?
N+D: On my last few trips I've had the privilege to do some public speaking to various groups of younger kids. I shared that life is meaningless without accepting Jesus Christ as your savior. This truth is what motivates me as I begin my professional surfing career. I want to share the hope that I have found in a relationship with Jesus with other surfers.

G+J: As a kid on the East Coast, before you ever surfed out here, what ideas or thoughts did you have about surfing Cali?
N+D: Before I ever came here, I had the idea that it was sunny and hot every day. My first visit was in the middle of June gloom and coming from 80-degree water and 90-degree, humid South Carolina air, I was confused and really cold every morning session.

G+J: Is there anything you'll do differently when you come back out and stay in the OC next year?
N+D: I would like to have a more consistent filmer so that I can get more footage for edits.

G+J: Who are some of the friends you made here and who did you find yourself surfing with most of the time?
N+D: I always surf a ton with my coach, Joey Buran, and my friend Jakeh Bradley. On my last trip I surfed with the Huntington crew a lot. Joe Foster would shoot Matt Passaquindici, Kanoa Igarashi, and a whole bunch of us every morning.

G+J: How does a surfer from the East Coast break through and make a name for himself on the West Coast?
N+D: For me, it has been consistently surfing where the best guys are surfing and networking. It has been a slow process but I have always worked hard and received critique and coaching on my surfing and strived to be better every session. This year it has started paying off and I've been getting my name out more and more a little at a time.

G+J: What's the most important thing you learned about surfing Orange County while you were here this year?
N+D: I learned to believe the hype about Santa Ana winds. I'd always heard about how good the waves can get with these pristine conditions. Now after experiencing days and days of perfectly groomed overhead, offshore barrels, I look forward to my next Santa Ana session in Orange County.

G+J: Any advice to local groms back home who might dream of surfing the west coast one day…
N+D: Work harder on your surfing than anyone else, and be teachable. Mow as many lawns as it takes and buy a plane ticket. That is how I got out to Orange County the first time. And leave your dreams in God’s hands, Proverbs 3:6 “ Seek his will in all you do, and he will show you which path to take.”

Image: Nate is sponsored by Pesce Surfboards, Surf City Surf Shop, Futures Fins, and Hyperflex Wetsuits. (When you're a stud like he is, support like that comes with the territory.)


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Twenty year old Nate Dorman from Myrtle Beach, SC, spent a lot of time in the OC this year, doing events and surfing as often as possible. From Lowers to HB to the jetties in Newport, Nate was on it. He was usually seen with the legendary Joe Foster, getting photos as well as a ride.

GJ's Skip Snead caught up with Nate shortly after he left the OC and here's what he had to say…

Ghetto Juice: You spent a lot of time surfing the OC this past year. What do you think of the surf scene around here?
Nate Dorman: I love the OC surf scene. It has quickly become one of my second homes, with countless great waves to surf within a short drive, tons of contests for up and coming surfers, and lots of rippers. It's hard to leave!

G+J: What were some of your most memorable surfs during your stay?
N+D: One of the best was actually at Beach Blvd in Huntington during an early summer combo swell with offshore winds. Just me, Joey Buran and Jakeh Bradley trading off tubes. That was a blast.

G+J: What swells did you miss back home while you were here?
N+D: There were a couple hurricane swells I missed and my friends back home were posting photos getting shacked in the Outer Banks, or at home, that always hurts. But this happens more often when I'm at home and seeing my friends scoring California, so it balances out.

G+J: Who are some of the surfers in orange County who impressed you the most?
One grom Parker Cohn really impressed me at the Newport Beach Surf Championships. He is a really good surfer, he kills it! And obviously any time 'CT guys are in town. I saw Jordy and Kolohe out a few times at Salt Creek. Class is in session for me any time those guys paddle out.

G+J: How did you kill time between surfs? Where did you go, what did you do?
N+D: On my last few trips I've had the privilege to do some public speaking to various groups of younger kids. I shared that life is meaningless without accepting Jesus Christ as your savior. This truth is what motivates me as I begin my professional surfing career. I want to share the hope that I have found in a relationship with Jesus with other surfers.

G+J: As a kid on the East Coast, before you ever surfed out here, what ideas or thoughts did you have about surfing Cali?
N+D: Before I ever came here, I had the idea that it was sunny and hot every day. My first visit was in the middle of June gloom and coming from 80-degree water and 90-degree, humid South Carolina air, I was confused and really cold every morning session.

G+J: Is there anything you'll do differently when you come back out and stay in the OC next year?
N+D: I would like to have a more consistent filmer so that I can get more footage for edits.

G+J: Who are some of the friends you made here and who did you find yourself surfing with most of the time?
N+D: I always surf a ton with my coach, Joey Buran, and my friend Jakeh Bradley. On my last trip I surfed with the Huntington crew a lot. Joe Foster would shoot Matt Passaquindici, Kanoa Igarashi, and a whole bunch of us every morning.

G+J: How does a surfer from the East Coast break through and make a name for himself on the West Coast?
N+D: For me, it has been consistently surfing where the best guys are surfing and networking. It has been a slow process but I have always worked hard and received critique and coaching on my surfing and strived to be better every session. This year it has started paying off and I've been getting my name out more and more a little at a time.

G+J: What's the most important thing you learned about surfing Orange County while you were here this year?
N+D: I learned to believe the hype about Santa Ana winds. I'd always heard about how good the waves can get with these pristine conditions. Now after experiencing days and days of perfectly groomed overhead, offshore barrels, I look forward to my next Santa Ana session in Orange County.

G+J: Any advice to local groms back home who might dream of surfing the west coast one day…
N+D: Work harder on your surfing than anyone else, and be teachable. Mow as many lawns as it takes and buy a plane ticket. That is how I got out to Orange County the first time. And leave your dreams in God’s hands, Proverbs 3:6 “ Seek his will in all you do, and he will show you which path to take.”

Image: Nate is sponsored by Pesce Surfboards, Surf City Surf Shop, Futures Fins, and Hyperflex Wetsuits. (When you're a stud like he is, support like that comes with the territory.)

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