In the latest installment of "The Lineup" with Dave Prodan, Championship Tour and Triple Crown pioneer Randy Rarick talks about the origins of Tour life, the very first contest on the North Shore and how pro surfing turned into a business.
How Pipeline Became "The Place"
At 4:45, Rarick sounds off on how the greats of his generation left their mark on Sunset, and how the shift to Pipeline was led by Kelly Slater. Slater's smaller boards and an under-the-lip approach redefined surfing in Hawaii.
Sunset As A Stop On The CT
At the 6:00 mark, Rarick describes how the power of the wave requires a different approach to surfing, and a more powerful surfing style to match the characteristic of the wave. This is a wave built for Jordy Smith .
The Symbiosis Of Surfing And Shaping
At 22:28, Rarick talks about the joys of shaping surfboards, and how knowledge of surfboard design makes you a better surfer.
North Shore Lore
At 52:00, Rarick talks in detail about his top 5 defining moments of the North Shore -- from the Brazilian Storm to the passion of the late Andy Irons -- he breaks it down in a manner that only a true generational local can.
You'll Never Guess Who
At 57:26:, Rarick alludes to the beef between him and Sunny Garcia, then swings right back around and reveals that Sunny was his biggest surfing influence.
An Finally, A Classic Miki Dora Story
And then to end, at 01:01:11, Rarick lays out a classic Miki Dora story that take place in the Hawaiian surf shop where Randy was repairing board ... because we can never get enough classic Miki stories.