Coming Back with Damien Hobgood by Tracks Magazine

SYDNEY, New South Wales - Days away from the start of Event No. 6 of 10 on the 2009 ASP World Tour, the Hurley Pro Trestles, and the world’s best surfers are gearing up for an assault on one of the world’s most high-performance waves. Damien Hobgood (USA), 30, current ASP World No. 5, is having a banner year (alongside his brother C.J., currently ranked No. 2) after several slow seasons of injury. Healthy now and ready for an assault on Lower Trestles, Tracks Magazine caught up with Damien to see where his head’s at. their story...

So Damo, you’re sitting fifth on ASP world tour, five events down, and five to go. How you feeling?

I’m feeling pretty good apart from having the worst sinus infection I’ve ever had. Had it for over a month now, couldn’t kick it and it went into my lungs but whatever, still surfing.

You’re coming of a second at Jeffery’s Bay, feeling the wind in your sails as we head into the Trestles event this weekend?

I feel like I’m back were I should be. Not injured… you know after you have a few injuries then get back you feel normal and all, but your confidence has been shot. You don’t have any boards that you can rely on and stuff so it’s not as simple as what people think. “Oh, he’s all better.” Yeah, you’re better physically – but you don’t have that complete professional act. I also put on weight, had to go up on board size… I really bulked up.

Compared to CJ [Damo’s brother], he’s a beanpole!

Yeah, he’s been going the opposite way.

Does it affect your family life when you’re doing well, or say struggling like you did last year?

No, that’s the challenge right there. That goes from the...