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Not Your Average Scrawny, Blonde SoCal Kid

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Not Your Average Scrawny, Blonde SoCal Kid

An unsolicited and highly generalized breakdown of kids' surf abilities relative to their geographic upbringing (America edition):

East coast (north): great in the tube, not especially good at anything else

East coast (south): great in the air, solid technique, average at tube-riding, lacks flow

California: great technique, solid in the air, oozes flow, generally tube-shy

Hawaii: excellent at all of the above. 

Despite his scrawny frame, bleach-blond hair and Encinitas upbringing, Cole McCaffray has managed to defeat the odds and excel in heavy surf. Over the past few months, Cole's spent significant time south of the border, whereby the power of both man and horse, he's managed to penetrate dozens of substantial tubs. This gives Cole an instant advantage relative to his SoCal peers, who, if history tells us anything, won't become comfortable in hollow surf until their late-teens/early-20s.

And Cole's gained a certain notoriety for his habits.

"They say it is endearing to be given a nickname by your elders. I spent enough time in Mainland Mex this winter that the boys and the locals gave me one … Shikaka, the little white devil. It kind of reinforced the fact that as a blond white kid, I kind of stick out down there. So in an effort to be a bit more covert, I died my hair black and tried to stay covered up as much as possible."

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