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Dylan Goodale’s never had a proper barrel at Pipeline, despite growing up in Hawaii. He likes surfing small, rampy waves and is best known for his strong aerial repertoire and competitive prowess. At only 19 years old he won the Vans Pier Classic, and he’s been a standout in the ASP Pro Junior series ever since. Today, at 21 years old, Goodale is transitioning from being the light-footed junior Hawaiian into another World Tour hopeful.
How is the transition from the Pro Junior series to competing full-time in Star and Prime events?
I’m feeling positive, because besides the primes, I think the junior series has gotten a lot harder than a lot of the star events. Last year, there were a lot of guys competing in junior events who are now on the WCT. Everyone was in our junior circuit last year, so it’s almost like the same thing, except it’s just a way bigger field.
So what are your plans for 2012?
I’m trying to build my seed, so I can get into more 6-Star and Prime events. But I also really want to do trips and stuff now that I don’t have to go to junior events all the time. So yeah, just finding a good mixture between building my seed and getting a lot of exposure.
Realistically, when do you see yourself qualifying for the tour?
I think it all depends on the year you have. I’m not saying I’m Brother [Kolohe Andino], but last year he qualified in one year, just by how he won, what, like three 6-stars in a row? And then, there’s the people who try for six years and finally make it. So I think it all just depends on the year you have.
Several of your Hot 100 peers have coaches. Who’s helping you get to that next level?
Jay Thompson has been helping me a lot, like telling me little things at contests that have been helping me focus and stuff. And even just watching and hanging out a lot with kids like Brother, Luke [Davis], and Evan [Geiselman]. I like watching their approaches, as well as hearing what they do, because they all have really different approaches to waves and to the contest vibe.
But someone who has helped me out the most, and not just necessarily with contests and stuff but more in general, is Stephen Koehne. He’s from Kauai, and kind of like me, he’s made his own way.
How has coming from Kauai shaped your surfing today?
Coming from Kauai has helped my surfing a lot, because there are a bunch of older guys who are still around there that will push you. But I’m kind of like an unconventional Hawaiian surfer, because I like do airs, and do contests, and surf smaller waves, and stuff. And I’ve never really got a good wave at Pipe. So, it kind of throws some people off, like if you didn’t know I was from Kauai, you’d never even think it.
Is surfing bigger Pipe more often something you see in your future?
Yeah, I’m definitely going to get out there and do it. But as of right now, I haven’t got a good one yet.
With some surfers opting for a career in freesurfing, could you ever see yourself going down that path?
I love freesurfing, and I love going on trips and getting good waves with your friends, but I’m like insanely competitive. I hate losing anything. I can’t handle it. So I don’t think I could ever not do contests, because I still have that competitive part of me, which is what keeps me alive.