Danny Wills

Chiba, Japan, 1998

I got so sick of working at the bar, I was like, "Fuck, I don't want to be doing this, I want to be a professional surfer."

“Willsy,” Jesse Faen’s interview with Danny Wills, ran in the November 1998 issue of Surfing. Wills had just scored the first of back-to-back wins in Japan, which put him in the 1998 world tour ratings leads for much of the year. He finished the season ranked #3. This version has been shortened and slightly edited.

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Congratulations mate, dream come true or what?

Yeah, totally, it’s unbelievable. I never thought it would happen this early in my career. No way, not at all. I had a re...