Tanner: I qualified at a younger age and then set a goal to requalify, which took me a long way within competing. Introspectively, it taught me so much about goals and orienting myself towards those goals. I had so much fun with it but towards the end I started noticing that I had lost the drive to compete. I just liked surfing so much and began to feel confined by the jersey. I started doing more trips with Dane and dipping into that world and I loved it so much. So, it felt natural to leave competition and I never looked back because now I am so much more inspired to learn all the different crafts within surfing. Competitive surfing is just a niche within the niche. So, I just refocused the lens and now I am going in a different direction.
With the whole creative side of things, I remember I would lose heats and feel so robotic and needed to get something creative out to feel unique. So that’s when I started taking photos and collaging on the road when I was on the QS and would just stack up books of that stuff. After I stopped competing, I didn’t do it that much until recently when I really started to miss the painting, cutting, gluing, spray-painting part of it all. So, I picked that back up and it’s been so enjoyable. And like Dane said, surfing is an art form, so I love to intermingle all of that.