Winner of the WSL North America men's QS tour Michael Dunphy joins the podcast to talk about his career year. After bagging two big wins in the regional Qualifying Series, he discusses making it onto the Challenger Series and starting the season in just a few days on the Gold Coast. He looks back at his long road through pro surfing, from getting his start in Virginia Beach, to choosing surfing over other sports, to battling through the QS, to surfing against the world's best as a wildcard at the Surf Ranch Pro last year. He looks forward to the Challenger Series, his plans to surf all eight events, his desire to keep the momentum hot through the Australian leg, his close friendship with some of the other competitors, and the clear roadmap to the Championship Tour. .