EL­LIOT PAER­ATA-REID:

New Zealand Surfing - - News -

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.

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