Travis Logie is a classic battler on the ASP World Tour. He's got a "never say die" approach to surfing heats and has taken down the likes of Kelly Slater, Dane Reynolds and fellow Saffa bru Jordy Smith throughout his seven year career on tour. He's got a low center of gravity and his turns are fast, accurate and super tight in the pocket. He can be especially lethal on his backhand, as was evidenced by his performance at this year's Quiksilver Pro Gold Coast, where he began the year with a solid 9th place finish. For the last year he's been living in West Hollywood, California, which is a world away from his hometown of Durban, South Africa. In between surfs last week at Lowers, Zuma and Malibu, we found out what has brought him to live in SoCal.
What are you doing in LA?
What am I doing in LA? My wife is chasing the dream, the American dream. She's trying to be an actress. So we moved right into Hollywood, into the middle of the madness. It's pretty far removed from good old South Africa, but we love it. I've become a bit of a road warrior driving to get waves.
How long have you been living in West Hollywood?
I've been living there for a year. It's been fun.
Has it been an adjustment?
It's been a huge adjustment. Where I'm from the water's warm all year round. I live five minutes from the beach. You jump off the pier and you're in the lineup and on the best days there's probably fifteen guys out. I don't have any of that over here, but I have a lot of friends here and I've surfed a lot of different waves. I think the variety of haves has been really good for my surfing. It's also much easier travelling from here. It's a lot less flying so I'm getting to events a lot less drained.
How long does it usually take you each way to get to the beach from where you live in LA?
I'd like to say it's an hour, but it's really more like an hour and a half from when I walk out the door to when I put on my wetsuit somewhere. In the winter I usually go to Ventura and in the summer I like to surf Lowers or Huntington.
Have you gotten stuck in some crazy traffic?
It once took me three and a half hours to get home from Lowers -- two accidents on the 405. I was in a super good mood by the time I got back. On a good day it takes me twenty minutes to drive five miles just from my house to the 405. On a bad day it's forty five. Once I got on the 405 then the fun really begins.
So you had a good start to your year on the Gold Coast, then another decent result in Rio?
Yeah, I had a good start on the Goldie. My boards are going really well at the moment. I feel like I've got things dialed for this year. My body is feeling good. All of my injuries are gone.
You impressed a lot of people on the Gold Coast.
I think I've improved every year, but I think more so in the last year. Maybe it's moving to the States and making every surf count because I've got to mission so hard to surf. I get to events and I'm psyched. Going to surf early morning warm ups at contests is a pleasure.
Do you think the judges are giving you more respect these days? You've had a couple tough calls go your way.
I've had some bad calls go against me here and there. I've seen worse. I've talked to the judges a few times after heats.
Do you think that's a good thing to do?
Definitely. Sometimes you think you're right and sometimes you're wrong. You go and speak to the judges and explain your side and they explain theirs and sometimes you come away thinking, "They're right and I'm wrong." It's just good to talk and see what their point of view is and what they're looking for.
What have you been working on with your surfing to impress the judges?
I've been working on just opening everything up. If I train to much and get too fit, my turns get tighter and faster and I think the judges prefer big open turns put into the right part of the wave. I also get a little bit too amped sometimes and try to do too many turns. It takes away from the turns I'm doing. I've struggled with that for a long time because I like to go hell for leather on every wave. But lately I've gotten it more dialed. I've been doing more flowing, open turns and have been working on the more progressive stuff like blow tails and airs. I'm stoked with my progress.