Earlier this year, I attended the Billabong XXL Awards in LA. One guy and his words stuck with me more than anything after that event. Shawn Dollar won both the Biggest Wave and Pacifico Paddle awards for his record breaking 61-foot wave at Cortes Bank. My personal favorite part was watching Ken Collins toss cash in the air each time Dollar’s name was called; you can feel the brotherhood from across the room with the Santa Cruz boys. He netted $35,000 along with a Guinness Book World Record and then nabbed everyone’s respect when he dedicated his wave to the late Sion Milosky. Dollar, himself a dedicated family man, was there when Milosky passed at Maverick’s, and he says it’s changed him.
Needless to say, after that night, Shawn Dollar had my interest piqued and when I noticed he was in my hometown, I knew I had to speak with the man. Who wouldn’t want to take a peek inside the head of a living legend?