Micky Clarke’s ‘Shotgun’ Is Cut Straight From The Bolt Of Chapter 11
When you rub shoulders with Dane, something sticks.
Vans saved Micky Clarke from a burning building.
Micky was doing “Fire Protection stuff and other odd jobs around town” before he landed a deal with Vans. “My focus was surfing but obviously you’ve gotta make money somehow.” After his contract with Quiksilver expired, Micky was quickly snapped up by Vans, in similar fashion to fellow Venturan freesurfer and good friend, Dane Reynolds.
That’s how Vans saved Micky from a burning building.
Your early twenties come with the pressure of the world opening up before you, and with it, a perceived stress of making choices and owning responsibilities that will dictate the future of your life. Vans made the choice easy, “I am thankful and humbled to have the opportunity to keep surfing,” says Micky.
Stab first came face-to-face with Micky at the Stab High event in Costa Rica, where he impressed with more than just his surfing. Personable and well-spoken, Micky was great in front of the camera both in and out of the water. This season in Hawaii, we got to see him in the Pick Up, where he and Haz Bryant, surfed the three Triple Crown venues at Pipe, Sunset, and Haleiwa in a single day.
Shotgun is Micky’s second legit edit he’s put time into, “We made SHOTGUN going into winter; it was just a few sessions at home. I figured since I had a couple of clips in smaller/average surf I’d throw a clip together to stay busy, and my friends (Hunter, Dane and Sam) are always inspiring me to edit shit. I am nowhere near what any of those guys can do (in the editing room), the goal for me was to just finish the video and make it watchable,” laughs Micky. “I’m not experienced with editing at all so I wanted to make something people could watch and have it look as professional as possible. I mainly wanted to have something to do on down days and figured that was a cool outlet. It’s fun to try and be creative sometimes.”
For the blade-inquisitive, Micky rides for Haydenshapes.
“I was riding a Cohort_I, Darkside and a Raven. I really enjoy those three boards quite a bit. The Darkside is a sick all around shortboard, and my main use for it is when the waves are starting to get super fun and a little more critical. The Raven suits the same conditions pretty well also, but it’s a bit more flat so it can handle less punchy and flatter faced waves. The Cohort is sick for just about everything. Most of the time, though, I’m making a conscious effort to ride something different, otherwise, I’d probably be stuck on it.”
Darkside: 6’1 x 19 1/8 x 2 1/2
Raven: is the same thing but 6’0”
Cohort I: 5’11 x 19 1/4 x 2 7/16
(For reference Micky is 86kgs and 6’0″)
You can check out Haydenshapes full range here.
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