"WHAT THEY'RE RIDING" - Pt. 1: Connor Griffiths
Welsh people say “wasoccurin” when they greet each other, it’s like “what’s up” but better, because nothing’s ever really up and there’s always heaps of shit occurring. Keeping this in mind, we said “wasoccurin” to the one Welsh guy we know well enough, Thomas Surfboards laminator Connor Griffiths. Connor was relishing in the relative warmth of a Noosa Heads Winter, sunning himself in the back carpark at Thomas Surfboards. His four-wheeled patina châteaux faced north and an array of healthy pot plants told of the length to which he’d been estranged from any permanent residence. The broad smile on his dial told of his contentedness. It was 8am and Connor had already lammed the bottom of four new Thomas longboards – all cut laps and an array of colours – and was munging on his breakfast, a bowl of oats.
- A 9’6” ‘Old Faithful’, one of the longest standing longboard models here and Connor’s go-to on the points.
- A 9’0” Speed Shape, which is code for highperformancelipbasher.
- And wait for it, a 4'2" Foil... hah! Connor and Thomas Surfboards co-founder Jake Bowery can be seen on most days pumping their foils in and out of the Noosa river mouth.