9'8" Rusty Preisendorfer shaped quads were Sterling's go to boards this season. "While I was injured [last season], I spent a whole lot of time watching the world's best surfers surf the world's biggest waves," Sterling explains. "And I think taking notes last year helped. I wanted to charge, but I also wanted to charge with a strategy."
HOW DID YOU FIRST RECEIVE THE NEWS THAT YOU BECAME THE SECOND-EVER BIG WAVE WORLD CHAMPION?
I had been obviously tracking my rating on the tour all year and I was waiting for Maverick's and Todos to happen. That was going to change things as far as the ratings go. Either it'd increase my lead even more or have my lead decrease depending on who won. But these events didn't get to happen this year, due to lack of big swells. So the closing periods ended on the 28th of February and it was like...I won. [Laughs]. So I just kind of waited for the February 28th date. I was hoping that there would be a swell and I could win it with Todos or Maverick's happening. But hey, a win's a win. I'll take it.
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