Colin Herlihy, born and raised in Bethany Beach, Delaware grew up bodyboarding and surfing the Delaware and Maryland coastline. His main influence is his Dad, a lifetime longboarder, who took his four-year old son to the beach as much as possible. Colin and his Dad shared the same interest; they went on many surf trips while he was young. Since then, riding waves has become the biggest part of his life.
Although it can be very good at times, Delmarva is not known as a powerhouse for surf. This makes it difficult for a surfer or bodyboarder to score a sponsor and make a name for oneself, like Colin Herlihy has.
Colin started riding a bodyboard at 4 years old and a surfboard at 6 years old. This foreshadows his all around skill in the water today. Living in Bethany Beach Colin surfed the jetties, and Southside Indian River Inlet, which is notorious for heaving barrels and shore break. But his frequent trips to Puerto Rico set him apart from the majority of bodyboarders and surfers in the Delmarva area. All throughout high school Colin traveled to Puerto Rico three times a year. This offered him a better variety of waves, like reefs, point breaks, and beach breaks whereas Delmarva only has beach breaks.
When Colin was in Puerto Rico, he got a call from his Dad saying that he was invited to Pipeline for a professional contest. He knew that the ultimate proving grounds for any wave rider was the north shore of Oahu. At this time Colin was using a uniquely shaped board, it was bigger and had more nose rocker than the line that Toobs previously put out. The owner of Toobs said that if he proves that the board works at Pipe then he would make a signature line for him.
Colin appreciates his sponsors (Chauncey's surf shop, Al Merrick, and Toobs) and his family for all of their support. Today, Colin is just as passionate about fishing, which he's been doing a lot lately. He recently received a Marine Science degree at Cape Fear Technical College, and is still working Bethany beach and saving money for his next Hawaii trip.
When asked how he feels about both sports (bodyboarding and surfing) Colin said, "I don't care what anybody rides as long as they have fun."