Correy the Surfing Plumber
I meet with Correy Baker at the steps by Pleasure Point to talk about Surfing style and surfing in Santa Cruz. Correy has been surfing for many years; I first meet him early in the morning at Steamers Lane while Cory was dropping in on a head high morning set wave. Cory links surfing to spirituality, our conversations went as follows:
SCW: Please tell us a little about why you enjoy surfing.
Correy: It relieves all of my stress and anxiety from when I am out in the workforce. When I’m done with work I go out in the water and it is such a natural thing. It makes me feel in tune with my body.
SCW: What is your favorite surfing maneuver to do?
Correy: I’m oldschool. I like to do the oldschool carves, cutbacks, and moves like that.
SCW: If you could only ride one surfboard for the rest of your life, what would it be?
Correy: Haha. I’ve been surfing a longboard for the past 3 years now. It would have to be a board that I could catch a lot of waves with. It would probably be 3 fin 8’6’’ Pearson Arrow.
SCW: Nice, round nose?
SCW: Could you tell us about the ultimate wave you have ever ridden?
Correy: I was young, I was at a place called Palace Verdes Peninsula. I went to a spot that was very scary; my friends didn’t even paddle out. It was triple overhead, I took one wave in and it was the wave of my life. It was so big you could drive a truck through the barrel. I got my one wave and that was it.
SCW: Very cool. What are your thoughts on the surf industry today?
Correy: I think it’s main streamline. It’s 10 times as big today then it was when I was a kid. It’s worldwide. It is wild how big it has gotten.
SCW: Worst Christmas gift you have ever received?
Cory: Any Christmas gift I get is great but one time I got a sausage meat package one year. They send you sausages and meats and chesses in a package, rolled cheeses with nuts on them? Nahhhhh.
SCW: What are you up to these days?
Correy: I surf as much as I can, fish, work, and stay at home with my family.
SCW: How the Plumbing Business going?
Correy: Work is up and down, feast or famine. You either have too much work or not enough. It’s hard to get an even keel.
SCW: What do you enjoy most about the plumbing work?
Correy: It’s the people I meet. I like to meet some of the older people who have been living and surfing in Santa Cruz for a long time. I walked into a house for job, and a guy had an old Jerry Lopez and a Mark Richards surfboard. The job was only 15 minutes but I spent 3 hours there just talking to him about surfing. The best part of the job is the people I meet. Chasing poop is the hard part.
SCW: Any words of wisdom?
Correy: Yes. My words of wisdom would be to not chase waves, ride them.
SCW: Great words, any shout outs you would like to give?
Correy: Shout out to all the boys in the water who know how to rotate and give waves to everyone else. Thanks for surfing with me. Shout out to my friends and family too.
SCW: Great, thank you for taking the time to answer our questions.
Correy: Absolutely bro, no worries. Thank you.
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Or see his website at: Correytheamazingsurfplumber.rad
Photos provided by Correy
Article by Jack Neenan