Coffee with Timmy Reyes
As soon as the cups were poured Timmy Reyes and I stepped outside for a good ol’ coffee inspired interview. Read below!
How long have you been in Hawaii?
I arrived here on the North Shore about 3 week ago. In the first week we had a couple really nice waves and then it went flat for just over a week. It was misleading to come to Hawaii and see such small surf but I was psyched the whole time.
How did you go in Haleiwa?
I didn’t do good in Haleiwa. Haleiwa hasn’t been the best to me but it’s alright. I just stayed super positive because I know Sunset is my strongest event. I trained almost every single morning weather I was hung over or not. We had a little fun while the waves were flat haha… it’s hard not to enjoy Hawaii.
Why is Sunset your strongest event?
I love sunset and I’ve been surfing there since I was a little kid. I respect sunset, I respect all the surfers from there and I know I have what it takes to win out there. Kim Bradshaw took me out there when I was 12 and I know the wave but sometimes you get modded. Just to make heat in Hawaii is hard especially when it’s big.
What boards have you been riding?
Daniel Thompson and the Firewire guys put together a little quiver for me. I ended up taking out a random board. It was a 6’1 shaped from a 6’5. The board was small but it paddled really nice. I got a couple nice waves and that gave me confidence knowing that next day was going to be a bombing swell. I always loved to changed my equipment up I’ve never liked standard equipment it doesn’t match up with my surfing or how I look at surfing.
Who were your caddies at Sunset?
My catty was Malia Manuel and Ian Crane. I’ve caddied for Malia out there and she made a quarter and semi while I was her catty so I thought the chemistry was right.
Tell us about your semi final finish.
Sunset is such a rad wave and I just felt the mojo for the this event. The first day there was finally a little bit of swell in the ocean and I started from round of 128 and made it through. Then round of 96 I paddled out at dark. Caught two waves then took three fifteen footers on the head and got washed into the shore. That was my intro to day haha. It was big and gnarly, which was sick! I went out in my heat and Ola Eleogram opened up with a 9. It’s always raddling hearing someone drop a 9 in a four man heat but as it ended up I rode two huge waves and got two sixes. Next I got a barrel and got a 7. At the very end of the heat I got a 8.6 right at the buzzer. It was beautiful and I did some nice carves and moved to first. That day was probably the most challenging day. Round of 64 I started surfing against higher seeds and it came down to making heats with buzzer beaters. Then my quarter final came and my catty Ian Crane was screaming at me from the channel PADDLE PADDLE. I needed a 6.1 and nabbed a wave but wasn’t sure if I got the score. Then I heard the judges say I got a 6.7 and luckily no more waves came and I made the heat. Being in the semis was just so cool! I wanted one of those trophy’s so bad I can’t even explain it. It’s just challenging out here but maybe next year ill get lucky and make a two finals. This just gives me a better outlook for next year. I’m just taking heats at a time, waves at a time and hopefully I get barreled at pipeline haha!
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