Jack Robinson has been blowing the surf world’s collective mind for a few years now.
Peaking Pipe, chunky Chopes, gnarly Gnarloo… basically anywhere it’s shallow, dangerous and thick as it gets.
When it’s 8ft plus and square, an elite group of chargers come in to their own, and Robbo is definitely among them.
As far as qualification for the World Tour goes though, not so much. It’s been a pretty frustrating few seasons watching him loose in lacklustre conditions, often to much lesser surfers.
Some have even questioned if he’s actually that good in beachbreaks. ‘Why doesn’t he just forget the Q and do movie parts?’, ponder others.
It’s a tired monicker, but the irony of the QS/CT conundrum is you need to excel in the slop to qualify to surf the classic venues.
There’s been a bit of controversy, too. That very unflattering Stab piece about his pops, Trev.
But with a big win at the Volcom Pipe Pro this February, a few years experience grinding out the Q-y behind him, plenty of PDA’s via his social channels for his Brazilian model belle Julia and most of all, that priceless bit of momentum coming into the first big QS events of the season, Jack is in a great place.
We caught up with him for a full debrief on Episode 2 of our It’s Not The Length podcast.
Here are some select musings from Robbo:
On getting on the CT:
That was always the goal in the first place. I mean also being a good freesurfer as well, getting crazy clips and stuff, but obviously, the Tour, that’s where I want to be. Coz I’m always competing with the CT guys, I see myself there.
On his girlfriend, Julia Muniz:
She’s great, Julia’s really supportive. She does a lot of modelling and stuff, she lived in LA before, and now she comes with me on a lot of the trips, coz my dad’s busy at home. So she’s coming to Brazil with me, she’s been in Hawaii with me, she keeps an eye on me (laughs), with eating well and training good, it just keeps the motivation alive.
On the boring side of pro surfing, training, prepping boards, etc:
That’s one thing I never get bored with, surfing and what goes into it, the preparation, the training, I never get bored of it, because you can’t, if you want to keep getting better.
On how Hawaii became his second home:
It’s huge, it’s like a second home. I know so many people here and they’re all supportive. It’s amazing to have that. I see a lot of guys, maybe they come over here and they’re not as close with a lot of the Hawaiians or a lot of the people that live here. But I’m really good friends with a lot of the crew and it’s probably why I’ve always had a good time here and a good time surfing here. Yeah, I’d say it’s like a second home for sure.
My dad always told me, ‘Don’t think you know everything’ and it’s true though. He’s cool. He’s always been supportive of me, he was always there for me since the start.
On the big picture:
I got to be happy, of course, I’m always happy, I’m in a really good place. There was a lot going on, the last year or so, just figuring things out, growing with it. I’m really happy, I couldn’t be in a better shape.
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