Keith converted his diesel truck to run on used vegetable oil, and made the drive from Southern California up to Oregon, and back.
Beyond being a wave maestro, Keith is known as the guy who’s always up for “doing stuff that makes you really tired” – like paddleboarding across the bay to his folks’ place so that he arrives just in time for a dinner. Not so secretly into country music, Keith will write, play and sing his own stuff if conditions are just right. Addictions include: raw fish, his iPod and ChapStick. Unforgettable memory: Chile ’04. Nicknames include “Hay-maker” and “Double-Dip” (only girls get to call him “Goldie Locks”).
As much as all the Malloy brothers wanted to make the entire trip together, from Bend to Baja, conflicting schedules and logistics didn’t allow it to happen. In the end, it was Keith who converted his diesel truck to run on used vegetable oil, and made the drive from Southern California up to Oregon, back to So. Cal, down to Baja and back home again. In the process he learned about an entire community of folks who are working together to help each other refine veg-oil technology and locate fuel sources across the country. In Keith’s words, “Bend to Baja was the ultimate dream trip: surfing, climbing and camping all day, every day for two months.”
While many surfers dream of perfect tropical waves exclusively, Keith seeks out the full experience. During the winter of 2005, he and a few friends were dropped off by boat on a remote beach in British Columbia where they spent nine days camping and surfing without a soul in sight. It was here that Keith was able to really put some Patagonia gear to the test. His favorites? The recycled Storm Jacket: “It was painful process going from wetsuit to clothes but once I had my final layer on, I knew I would stay warm and dry even in the frozen rain.” And his prototype Patagonia wetsuit: “We’ve been doing R&D for two years now and the wool is so warm!”Background Photo: by Scott Winer. Kohl Christensen locks into another one in a seemingly endless week of A-plus surf in Fiji.