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Interview: Torrey Meister Chases the Dream

After winning the 2013 O'Neill Coldwater Classic, Torrey Meister was given a once-in-a-lifetime shot to make it to the big leagues of surfing: the Samsung Galaxy ASP World Championship Tour (WCT). We've been following Meister as he battles through the rigors of qualifying, loaded up with $50,000 to spend pursuing his dream. The ASP Qualification Series (QS) — a series of contests Meister will be surfing in this year — kicked off in January on the North Shore of Oahu, which is the perfect location for the Hawaiian to showcase his lightning-fast and absolutely fearless style of surfing.

You made it to the Semifinals of the ASP 5-Star Volcom Pipe Pro. Tell us about your run through that event:
Surfing Pipeline with only three other guys is probably the coolest thing on Earth. You learn so much about the wave and where to line up. I haven't been in the Pipe Masters since 2009, so my main goal this year was to make the Quarters or better to earn a spot into the Masters. I was really nervous for my first heat. There is so much riding on this year, and it being the first event of the year, I put a lot of pressure on myself to do well. But once I hit the water, all the pressure washed off me like it was never there and I really just enjoyed surfing Pipe.

I felt like I had a pretty good game plan for that event based on the way the conditions were and I kinda just stuck to that in each heat because it was working for me. It worked all the way to the Semis, where I came up against other guys that were looking for the same kind of waves and I simply got out-positioned on the best waves in that heat. I was really happy with a Semifinal finish, though, and I'm so stoked to compete in the Pipe Masters this year — that is a dream come true! [With his Semifinal finish, Meister qualified for the 2014 Pipe Masters.]

Your goal this year is to qualify for the 2015 ASP World Championship Tour. Did you watch the season-opening Quiksilver Pro Gold Coast and think to yourself, “I can do that. I can beat these guys!”?
The surfers on Tour are amazing and I respect every one of them. Getting to the level that they're at — and just to make it on the WCT — is such an accomplishment. These guys have put their heart and soul into their surfing and that is something that we have in common. I have put everything into my surfing since I was a kid and all I have ever wanted is to be on the WCT, and that is something that won't ever change. I will keep working and doing my best to get to where I want to be. I believe that hard work pays off and I will keep putting in the work until I am on the WCT, just like every guy that is in the Top 34 has done. I think if I do make the WCT in 2015 I will have a lot to learn, but I can promise you one thing: I will put in the work to earn a spot on that Tour. As far as my level goes, I will let my surfing do the talking.

For the full interview, check out GrindTV's Feature on Torrey

Raised in the raw power of Hawaii, Meister has no qualms when it comes to navigating the Aleutian Juice - bottom turning at Sunset Beach.
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Raised in the raw power of Hawaii, Meister has no qualms when it comes to navigating the Aleutian Juice - bottom turning at Sunset Beach.
WSL / Kirstin Scholtz
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