It was only a few days ago that we learned Conner Coffin was leaving the Channel Islands team. It was big news as the Santa Barbara surfer was a driving force behind some of the brand's most popular models and had been on CI boards for sixteen years.
There was speculation Coffin was making a move to team JS -- another purveyor of some of the best boards around, and with a history of shaping for CT greats such as Occy, Joel Parkinson and even the late, great Andy Irons. It's now been confirmed, with Conner set to help spearhead an expansion of the brand in the United States.
Conner will work directly with shaper Jason Stevenson to fine-tune his craft for when the Championship Tour gets up and running again. He is known for his gouging and authoritative rail work, and his style has often been compared to that of the last Californian World Champ Tom Curren -- another surfer who spent quite a bit of time on CI boards (a la the famous Black Beauty model).
Coffin has been on tour for four years, with his highest event finish coming in 3rd during the 2018 Quiksilver Pro France, and a top end-of-season ranking of 7th in the same year.