Connor O'Leary Has to Be the Most Underrated Goofy in the World - Stab Mag
Anyone with an appreciation of good backhand hangers is looking forward to seeing Connor back in the jersey. (Photo courtesy Channel Islands)

Connor O’Leary Has to Be the Most Underrated Goofy in the World

Catching up with the 2017 WSL Rookie of the Year.

cinema // Mar 9, 2021
Words by Stab
Reading Time: 2 minutes

On a list of surfers it’s impossible to dislike, Connor O’Leary would have to place near the top.

Not only because he’s invariably one of the nicest guys to ever put his feet in the wax, but because his surfing, especially with his back to the wall, is flawless in style, technique, power and all other metric you could possibly use to judge our favourite recreational art form.

He might not have a sticker on the nose, but at least he’s got a rack full of CIs.

The latest instalment of Channel Island‘s What’s Going On Series catches up with Connor in his adopted Northern Rivers home, using his quiver as a means to explore his forced sabbatical.

Connor and the house that approx 6000 backhand reos bought and paid for.

Notable occasions surfing-wise include the millimetre-perfect roundhouse (that Connor claims is the best he’s ever done, on a CI Mid, no less) at 2:54, elite spice in the pocket at 3:28, and the beautiful, alternate lines drawn on less than hi-fi crafts at 6:00 and beyond.

If the Japanese/Australian with the world’s most Irish name’s got you itching for a new craft, you could do a lot worse than heading here.


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