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Parker Coffin, backside ditch, Hawaii

A few days back, when the Volcom Pipe Pro was still in its waiting period, but when it was in the midst of some consecutive Lei Days, competitors were out on the hunt. Parker Coffin, pictured here, along with Mitch Coleborn and Dillon Perillo all checked into Haleiwa, the only place that was of decent quality.

“Seems like there are two types of kids these days, the cocky, too-cool grom and the humble grom,” says photog Ryan Miller, who captured this sequence. “Parker is definitely the latter. Perillo and Mitch would talk shit to him all day long and he takes it with a smile every time like a 17 year old kid should. He is still a few years out from doing the WQS event at Haleiwa but Mitch was coaching him up out there already. With this kind of form I think he won’t have too much trouble out there.”

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Ryan Miller, 33 years old, does not know how to write a bad email. Your pals at Stab have learnt to live vicariously through Miller’s red wine-fuelled letters from the road. His travels take him to some dreamy locales and, in those places, he scores all-time photos: “My favourite photo I’ve shot was of Benny Bourgeois in the Caribbean, with a fisheye. Often I just take photos, but rarely do I get to make one.” In an age of tail-highs and released fins, Ryan still most likes to shoot someone who can lay-down a big backside turn. Namely: Jordy Smith, Dane Reynolds, Gabe Kling, Kekoa Bacalso, Damien Hobgood and Peter Mendia. Like most photogs, Miller misses Scott Aichner’s work. But, as far as contemporary inspiration? “Trying to see things through my daughter’s eyes. It’s wild to think about someone experiencing something totally new on almost a daily basis when, as adults, we rarely get to experience something truly new.”

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