Logan’s past couple of months have seen a significant change from his regular winter routine. Instead of chasing hurricanes and winter swell around Nova Scotia, Logan has been in transit competing on the WQS (world qualifying series). We’ve sent him a few questions regarding his new competitive drive including some notes from his completed events. Scroll down for more from the start of Logan’s year.
I have competed in three events this year; one in California and two in Australia. The Shoe City Pro was at Huntington Beach; it went pretty well for the first event of the year. I ended up 65th, which is not great, but I’ll take it, considering the seed list was into the 100s.
The first Australia contest was a whirlwind for me; I was jet-lagged from two days in transit coupled with one day of adjusting to boardshorts. I caught a great wave straight out the gates but unfortunately slipped out, and that shook me mentally, but went on to get a decent one mid heat. I did not have the backup needed, could the slip of changed it? I don’t know, but so much was learned and left to think regarding mistakes.
The wave’s at the second contest were much better! I felt way more in sync, a few tactical errors but had a better result there. It was much different as the field is so broad in Oz. In the states, you have a seed list of around 112, and in Oz, it was around 176! The talent is also on another level down under; there are no easy heats. For example, the guy who won the Cabarita contest turned around and lost first heat in Boomerang contest. It’s anyone’s game down there.
At the end of all my events, I am sitting 52nd in North America and 305 international. Being the beginning of the year, I am sure I will drop fast after the 6000’s finish that I am unable to enter.
Where to next?
I am off to Florida for the Ron Johns contest, then at the end of the month its back in California for the jacks pro.
Besides Pete’s short run on the QS, you are one of the first Canadian’s to compete on the QS. What pushed you to give it a go?
Man honestly in Nova Scotia we get great swells but there is a fair amount of down time, so I figured I could free surf and compete. It’s something surfers around Nova Scotia don’t get to do much, so why not you know?
Besides local contests and the Rip Curl Pro Tofino, have you competed outside of Canada?
Yes, I did the ISA worlds when I was a grom, and then in 2010 I went to Peru on team Canada and managed to wiggle a few heats out. As well I have been invited to the king of the peak in Florida a few times, and that was such a sick experience, I wish they would bring it back. I have always done local comps, but we have one every 2-3 years, so not much happening locally. It’s just hard to get people to organize events when the waves are somewhat okay, so I totally understand why we don’t have many comps over here.
Do you have any coaching, training, or gym programs in the works?
Yes, and its been such a change. I worked with Shannon Brown for the surf side of things; he has become a great friend and teammate through Reef. He is such a great coach, very knowledgeable and puts so much effort into getting you to the top of your game. He has been such a pleasure to work with I feel super lucky to have him as a coach.
On the gym side, my buddy Kenny Sparklin, from Montreal has developed gym programs for me; the guy is an absolute guru and has helped my body get to where it needs to be and has helped immensely with some lingering injuries.
One of the hardest parts of the QS is funding the travel costs. Do you have a budget from sponsors or funding it yourself?
Yea for sure my sponsors are stoked on my competing and have helped out so much, it’s been, so rad of them to support me. It’s entirely different than most riders, as my sponsors don’t require me to compete like most of my peer’s contracts, they support me in whatever I want to do, and I can’t thank them enough for their support.
It all depends on location; I’ve been sticking with 5’9 to 5’11 Chemistry shortboards. I have been riding Chemistry boards for a while now and can’t say enough about them. The crew has everything dialed. We went super thin with the glassing on the boards I ride in heats, so they last a bit longer than my free surfing boards.
Honestly, it’s not like I am out there to make the CT, but I do have a few personal goals, and I don’t like losing. I would like to get my seed high enough so I can compete in some of the better waves events. But it is my first year, and I have learned so much already. Packaging my surfing to the judging criteria in 20 minutes heat is going to take some time, so I am just taking it as it comes and trying to learn as much as possible while doing so. Hopefully, a positive outcome will be the result.