G+J Am Jam with Parker Cohn

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Fifteen year old Parker Cohn from Newport Beach is not new to the contest scene but most certainly new to the NSSA Open podium. The Newport local has been polishing his competitive act and training real hard to take out some heavies in the Juniors Division lately, and it's always cool to see someone with hardly any stickers on his board (at least for now) turning heads in finals! So what does the future hold for Parker? Kurt Steinmetz sat down with Parker recently to find out and here's what he said…

Ghetto Juice: What's it like growing up in and around Newport?
Parker Cohn: Growing up in Newport has been a huge blessing. You surf with all of your best friends every day and there's a pretty wide variety of waves to surf. Wedge, Blackies, 56th and River Jetties are all really different waves.

G+J: Who are some of your influences there?
P+C: Bobby Okvist is really gnarly. It seems like he's on the best waves every swell. He's for sure someone I look up to in and out of the water.

G+J: Done any surf trips lately?
P+C: I've been making a few trips down to Baja with Dave Post, and he also took me to Salina Cruz for two weeks over the summer. That was a really good experience for me and my surfing in general.

G+J: What's your all-time favorite destination/surf spot?
P+C: My favorite spot has to be 56th Street. It's definitely been the center piece around where my freinds and where I surf every day.

G+J: You've been making a few NSSA Open finals lately, which is not an easy task! What's your training and preparation like?
P+C: DSC and Kevyn Dean have been a huge benefit to my surfing and strategy. Kevyn is an amazing coach, and I owe every amount of success I have to him. Also Dave Post has been extremely helpful. When we have a swell in the water, he's always pushing us to charge harder and try new things.

G+J: What are some of your short term goals?
P+C: My short-term goals would have to be competing in the US Championships, and potentially winning a Surfing Amwerica Prime or NSSA Open event this season!

G+J: Long term goals?
P+C: Looking out farther, I would like to obtain a sponsor above everything else. Traveling and pushing myself in bigger waves is also something I strive for.

G+J: Other than being a "pro surfer", if you could have any job that enabled you to surf, what would it be?
P+C: Probably a shaper. Honestly, I really don't know anything about shaping, but the idea of testing new lengths and shapes for different types of waves is something that really interests me.

G+J: Not that you're old by any means, but do you have any advice for the younger groms?
P+C: For other kids surfing, I would really emphasize on getting an education equally along with pursuing contests and trips. I'm not homeschooled, so I definitely have a understanding that work can pile up quickly. Don't procrastinate either. That's my ultimate weakness!


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Fifteen year old Parker Cohn from Newport Beach is not new to the contest scene but most certainly new to the NSSA Open podium. The Newport local has been polishing his competitive act and training real hard to take out some heavies in the Juniors Division lately, and it's always cool to see someone with hardly any stickers on his board (at least for now) turning heads in finals! So what does the future hold for Parker? Kurt Steinmetz sat down with Parker recently to find out and here's what he said…

Ghetto Juice: What's it like growing up in and around Newport?
Parker Cohn: Growing up in Newport has been a huge blessing. You surf with all of your best friends every day and there's a pretty wide variety of waves to surf. Wedge, Blackies, 56th and River Jetties are all really different waves.

G+J: Who are some of your influences there?
P+C: Bobby Okvist is really gnarly. It seems like he's on the best waves every swell. He's for sure someone I look up to in and out of the water.

G+J: Done any surf trips lately?
P+C: I've been making a few trips down to Baja with Dave Post, and he also took me to Salina Cruz for two weeks over the summer. That was a really good experience for me and my surfing in general.

G+J: What's your all-time favorite destination/surf spot?
P+C: My favorite spot has to be 56th Street. It's definitely been the center piece around where my freinds and where I surf every day.

G+J: You've been making a few NSSA Open finals lately, which is not an easy task! What's your training and preparation like?
P+C: DSC and Kevyn Dean have been a huge benefit to my surfing and strategy. Kevyn is an amazing coach, and I owe every amount of success I have to him. Also Dave Post has been extremely helpful. When we have a swell in the water, he's always pushing us to charge harder and try new things.

G+J: What are some of your short term goals?
P+C: My short-term goals would have to be competing in the US Championships, and potentially winning a Surfing Amwerica Prime or NSSA Open event this season!

G+J: Long term goals?
P+C: Looking out farther, I would like to obtain a sponsor above everything else. Traveling and pushing myself in bigger waves is also something I strive for.

G+J: Other than being a "pro surfer", if you could have any job that enabled you to surf, what would it be?
P+C: Probably a shaper. Honestly, I really don't know anything about shaping, but the idea of testing new lengths and shapes for different types of waves is something that really interests me.

G+J: Not that you're old by any means, but do you have any advice for the younger groms?
P+C: For other kids surfing, I would really emphasize on getting an education equally along with pursuing contests and trips. I'm not homeschooled, so I definitely have a understanding that work can pile up quickly. Don't procrastinate either. That's my ultimate weakness!

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