Five at Five is a column where we ask inspiring people to unwind with their drink of choice and answer some mellow questions, so we the people can go inside the imaginative minds of creative maniacs.
Justin Coffey lives a life that many should admire; his intense dedication to surfing in the Northwest is admirable for many reasons. If you surf up here, you know it can be cold, wet, windy, and sometimes miserable. However Coffey doesn’t let little things like weather or conditions bog down his enthusiasm. For the past few years he has run the popular Northwest surf blog Peanut Butter Coast and is the curator of the surfboard and motorcycle show, Two Tribes right here at The Piranha Shop. We sat down with Justin to find out what infects his brain and hope you join us for Two Tribes on July 19th.
If you could have a drink with one person dead or alive who would it be and why?
Hemingway, without a doubt. I’ve idolized his lifestyle since I was a kid. Hunting, fishing, boxing, and boozing, that dude did it right. My old man even took me to the house where he shot himself. You know, some father son bonding shit. There are others, though. People that are probably more important, but I think ol’ Pappa could teach me a thing or two.
Why are you so crazy about logs?
A log allows you to experience the purest form of surfing. They can be both effortless and extremely difficult to control. Glide, slide and trim. Putting ten toes on the tip. Logging is a lifestyle – one that requires a great deal of giving no shits. The people I admire most are not the ones trying to be the best, but the ones with the biggest smile and the smoothest style.
What was the inspiration for Two Tribes?
I work in the motorcycle industry and have noticed a number of similarities between those that ride bikes and those that ride boards. Traveling through space and time, propelled by something other than yourself. Adjusting as needed. Escaping their everyday. Commitment is required. And while custom motorcycles and classic surfboards share little in common aesthetically, the people that appreciate them share something only they can understand. It’s an addiction, honestly, and once you’ve had a taste, you’ll spend the rest of your life trying to find that feeling.
What quality do you admire most in other people?
Honesty. Be it good or bad. If there’s an issue, speak up. Seattle is full of self righteous, passive aggressive people. It’s refreshing to find someone willing to tell you that you’re an asshole.
If you could surf one wave for the rest of your life what wave and why?
I can’t tell you where it is, but I can say that it’s long and left and the water is warm and the beer is cheap.