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

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Links:

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!

Published by Erik Antonson

Erik is the founder and host of the PaddleWoo podcast, 2X Costa Rica National SUP Surf Champion and owner of Blue Zone SUP Camps.

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