Cory Lopez

Cory Lopez back to team

Biography

Cory Lopez is a man of extremes.
Emerging from the shadows of the notoriously wave barren Gulf Coast of Florida, Cory likes to charge massive, barreling waves. Defined as much by the waves he doesn’t make as much as the ones he does, Cory’s exploits keep everyone guessing just what he will drop into next.

ONEILL: How has growing up where you did shape you as a surfer?
CORY: Growing up on the gulf with no waves made me really appreciate good waves and surfing. It’s probably why to this day when the waves are good ill surf all day till I’m absolutely beat.

Tell us about your hometown.
I grew up in Florida in the small town of Indian Rocks Beach. It was a great place to grow up, it just has very few days of surf a year.

Who are your big influences?
My Dad he is the coolest. As far as surfing goes it has always been Occy.

Is style important to you?
Very

What improvements have you made in your surfing?
I’m always working on all aspects of my surfing.

Where was the last place you traveled to?
Santa Cruz

Tell us about it.
The swell was absolutely tiny in the bay and we had to shoot a ad for wetsuits. Basically we had to drive our ass off up and down the coast to find waves. We ended up finding fun waves and got some decent shoots too. I always have a good time in Santa Cruz.

How important is it to you to maintain that balance between the pure fun of surfing and the competition side?
Its tough, both can be fun but nothing beats a epic day of surfing with your friends. Except maybe wining teahupoo or the U.S. open. Hard to say, ill never forget my first time surfing Donkey bay with no one out or Mundaka in 96 with only eight guys out and as good as i have ever seen it.

Is there going to come a point in your career when you’re going to have to sacrifice fun for professional obligations? That happened a long time ago, but i could never complain about this job, it’s the greatest job in the world.

What do you want out of life? To be happy, watch my kids grow and hopefully surf my entire life.