Episode 7 of the podcast features Fisher Grant.  Fisher is an inspiration to me as a surfer, as he is arguably the most well rounded 18 year-old in our world.  In the Surfing America’s Championships this month in California, Fisher placed 5th in shortboard (missing the final by less than a point), 2nd in longboard, and he won the SUP surfing event.

I wanted Fisher to come on the show as he is in a unique position to comment on where SUP surfing fits into surfing as a whole, what he loves about it, and how he feels surfing multiple disciplines helps each.  He is candid and thoughtful with his responses and I hope I get the opportunity to surf and play some music with Fisher at some point in the future.


I feel that I can push a lot harder on a Standup than I can on a Shortboard. – Fisher Grant




Fisher’s Website – FisherGrant.com

Fisher and his brother Kieran’s Facebook page – https://www.facebook.com/followthegrantboys

Fisher’s Instagram – https://instagram.com/toestubber/

Show Notes:

  • 0:45 – Fisher Grant gives us some bio info, surf history though shortboard, longboard and SUP.  Started contests at 10 years old.
  • 1:30 – Travel history.  Lots of California, Mexico, Nica, France and Morocco with Standup World Tour
  • 2:50 – USA National Championships, Fisher won SUP, 2nd at Longboard and 5th in Shortboard.
  • 3:30 – Fisher talks differences between Shortboard, Longboard, and SUP.
  • 4:50 – Longboard is all about style, Shortboard fits into tight pockets.
  • 5:50 – Erik explains when he fell in love with SUP surfing (perfect marriage between style, flow and power)
  • 7:00 – Does SUP make Fisher a better shortboarder?  Longboard?
  • 7:44 – Is it an advantage to do all three sports?  Fisher says definitely
  • 8:30 – How does the paddle fit in?  How do you think of it while surfing?
  • 9:00 – What is Fisher’s take on “paddle tricks?”
  • 10:10 – How does Fisher approach backside surfing on a standup?
  • 11:30 – Fisher uses 27North paddles, cut about forehead high
  • 12:48 – Fisher is 5’10” and 155lbs, riding 65-70L, he’s underwater when he’s waiting for waves
  • 13:21 – Tail high technique, doing a duck-dive with your feet…
  • 13:49 – Erik gets honest about why he’s doing the podcast
  • 14:10 – Fisher loves futures fins, they’re more responsive.  Futures you should sponsor Fisher Grant!  He uses Futures Blacksticks
  • 15:12 – Fisher is an artist, he explains his work.  He is getting into playing guitar.  His dad is his agent.
  • 17:10 – Fisher’s plans for the future?  Full time on Standup World Tour
  • 18:40 – Payette River Games, why did the surfers have the advantage?
  • 19:20 – What is the most difficult?  Shortboard, Longboard, or SUP?  He says SUP.  Is it harder to catch waves on a SUP?
  • 20:40 – Informational advantage on a SUP.
  • 20:50 – Would it change shortboarder’s attitudes to know how hard it is to SUP?
  • 22:00 – SUP Native vs. SUP Immigrant
  • 24:00 – What does a Paddle Enhanced Video look like in 10 years?  Where are boards?
  • 25:00 – Fisher says not to rush into a very low liter board, you need to work down to it.
  • 26:00 – Fisher surfed a normal longboard at the Carolina Cup contest?  He got 2nd to Colin McPhillips in that event.
  • 27:45 – Closing Thoughts – Just do what makes you have fun!
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