You get interviews and you get interviews.
Some are better than others. Like breaking wind,
you have a feeling about how good it’s going to
be just before, but you never really know until
it comes out. Good ones and less good ones.
Question, answer, another question, another
answer. And so on. How did you get into surfing?
What’s an average day like? Do you like it, whilst in
a passionate embrace, when your opposite number
tries to put a thumb up your bottom? So so many
questions for our surfers. So much we want to
But paid surfers, bless ‘em, are not career selected
on the basis of being eloquent. That happens to
be a mere bonus, rather than a prerequisite. They
are chosen on the basis of how terrific they make
a surfboard twist and turn and fly and cut and
bank and all done with the aplomb of the ocean
gymnast. For this, our Interview Issue, we decided
first off to try to get some of them to dress up and
pose as popsters. Some did it with delight, others
with reluctance, others didn’t. But still! We asked
them questions, they answered. Some of the topics
covered were: Leo Fioravanti – about the C word
and other Australian vernacular. Adrien Toyon – on
casinos and cycling. Jonathan Gonzalez – on not
saying much. Indar Unanue – on not saying much
either. Hugh Galloway – on rushing under the radar.
Matt Smith – on being an eco warrior. Romain
Lauhle – on coming back. Chippa Wilson – on
canine territory marking. Alex Zirke – on liquorholding
trends among the Northern European
tribes. Ben Sanchis – on bed times and one way
tickets. Meanwhile, Tim Boal went to California
whilst Chas Smith tried to help you decide your
lefts from your rights. And as if that wasn’t enough
Rod Cunthorpe also shone his own shade of
gingery light on some favourite faux pas, from odd
numbers to yellow boards to chicken pizza (just
Wherever you are this month, no matter what you
do, just try to bear in mind, putting make up on
and oiling up your bum cheeks will only make you
seem temporarily more interesting… but should
buy you enough time to figure out your next move.
Make it a good un!
Thanks for understanding.