HUNTINGTON BEACH, California/USA (Wednesday, June 16, 2010) - Fredrick Patacchia (HAW), 28, current ASP World No. 13, is into his sixth season amongst the elite. Outspoken, hard-charging, stylish…Patacchia has been a fan favorite and media darling since his inception and the powerful goofy-footer shows no signs of slowing down in the near future. Surfline caught up with the Hawaiian whilst training in Tahiti to discuss the state of surfing, the mid-year cut and his place in the game. This…is their story…
YOU BEGAN THE TOUR WITH THE IRONS BROTHERS, THEN BARCA AND PANCHO, NOW YOU HAVE DUSTY AND KEKOA. WHAT’S IT LIKE BEING THE LONE PERMANENT HAWAIIAN FIXTURE ON TOUR?
I’d say I’m fairly young on the World Tour and the commentators and a lot of the media are like, ‘Oh, he’s the veteran now.’ That makes me sound old. [Laughs.] But I think it’s kind of cool. I got to see a lot of generations. I was on tour with Sunny [Garcia]. My first year on tour, I traveled with Kalani Robb which was his last year on tour. And then I got to travel a lot with the Irons brothers. And now we got Dusty and Kekoa Kekoa travels with me everywhere I go. So I try and give them as much tips and info on things like where to eat, what boards to bring to Tahiti and stuff, or to J-Bay. But for the most part, those guys got it pretty dialed and figured out.
WHAT DO YOU ATTRIBUTE YOUR LONGEVITY TO?
I’m just really competitive. I don’t think there’s a secret to my success. I wouldn’t really call it success just yet either. I’m always the guy that’s…
For full interview, check out Surfline’s ‘Interview: Freddy P’
For more on Fredrick Patacchia, check out his ASP WORLD TOUR PROFILE