When I heard Taylor Knox was coming for the Rip Curl Pro last year I thought it was just a rumour. I didn't know if it was official until I saw a very good looking human with a handlebar moustache do a very very savage carve that I had seen before in several WCT events and movies. So the rumours were true! Without sounding like a groupie I was kinda freaking out. The way I met him was funny. There was a Rip Curl promo on where myself and a few other Rip Curl riders had to get into these old school wetsuits and basically do the cat walk as part of a 'Through the ages' wetsuit promotion in front of Rip Curl buyers. After the promo I was still in the wet suit and I turn around and Leon Parkin (Rip Curl Team Manager) and Taylor were standing there laughing at me. So here I was in a flouro wetsuit from the 80's looking at one of my childhood heroes. It was actually a good ice breaker. I ended up hanging out with Taylor a fair bit. He's such a down to earth guy that you sometimes forget that he's one of the best in the world. When you're surfing with someone like Taylor you automatically try and pick up your game which pushed my surfing. He was always really positive when he was surfing which puts everyone in a good mood especially when he calls ya in on a few. He was frothing to surf way harder than anyone and looked like he trains pretty hard, so it's cool to look up to someone like that and I really aspire to be like him! It was cool to see him again this year and to go surf and hang out with him and I hope to see a few more of his carves in New Zealand in years to come!
Elliot spinning inspired by sharing the lineup with a bonified legend.