1. Where were you born, and what year?
Manhattan, NYC, June 1964
2. Where do you live now and what is it like?
Rockaway Beach. It is a very odd place. Still can't fathom how a coastal area
isn't built up and glorified like most coastal communities around the world.
But it does remind me very much of Bondi where i grew up; some nice parts
& then some very seedy parts.
3. When & where did you start surfing & who influenced you to do so?
Started at Bondi before i was 3. I actually had no influences then as we were
just a bunch of groms frothing in the surf at north Bondi in the 60's. As I got
older I was on bigger coolites
& just trying to get tubed as much as possible. But later on in my teens
definitely looked up to Cheyne, Crammy
& Corro (Ant Corrigan) - those guys were just going mental & never falling off, so much of my surfing is about that as well, not to fall
4. What was your first board?
A little 4ft red "Shane" coolite (foamy) when i was 3yo
5. Who do you admire most in all of surfing?
I always wanted to tube ride like Shaun Tomson, but I would have to say I was
blown away by the pure brut force
& power surfing of Richard Cram, he pulverized waves like I've never seen to this
day. That's how I'd like to surf
& be known of to surf like.
6. What are some of your favorites? (color, food, drink, book, movie, musician,
Food: anyhting Asian
Drink: Gin, Vodka, Bourbon......wait a sec, it has to be margaritas!
Book: anything by Paul Bowles
Movie: Emir Kusturica's "Time of the Gypsys"
Music: Dub, also experimental & industrial
Artists: Georg Baselitz
7. What's your most memorable surfing moment to this day in your life.
Hard to answer as I have so many. Riding big Bondi with Cheyne Horan & Ant Corrigan when I was a wee lil teenager, like 13yo. Surfing Sandon Point on
some big macking southerly swells with the Byrne bros. Tube riding some big
barrels on a coolite
& making it out when I was only 10......but most recently, getting some draining
barrels in NJ and making it out of 98% of them, the one I didn't make out would
have to be the longest barrel of my entire life, probably a good 10+secs of
& utter bliss. I kept sucking air in thinking I was going to get smashed any
second but I just kept going
& going - a total unbelievable trip in the nether world - I still buzz 6 months
8. What is one of your most proud moments and why?
My life is full of proud moments, such as convincing my now wife that I was a
good catch, ha ha! I feel bad for her now. The birth of my 2 boys, my wife is
my hero! But in surf related pride, I would have to say winning some contests
back in Oz and making it to the semi-finals of the '82 Pepsi Pro Junior after i
was blinded in the left eye a year earlier from a fire cracker, it took a lot
of me to try and crawl my way back into the lineup. But nothing beats seeing my
eldest boy getting into to the sitting position at 5yo in the lineup -
OMFG!!!!! I am so proud!!!!!!!
9. What are the goals you are still working toward?
To be a better Dad and a better person, it's always a struggle. I’ve also got the bug about authenticity. I want to be me, sans influences & behaviourisms........Oh!, and to find out the universal answer to where socks
10. What do you want more than anything out of your love for surfing?
More than anything, to share the stoke! Get my mates amped. Stoke them in to
& chant them on. Hoot for them when they’re up & riding. All that stuff gets me buzzed. But I also look forward to travel the
& watch my 2 boys grow up hopefully with the same amount of love & passion for surfing as me. I’ve learnt so much from the ocean, it speaks to so many levels of life in all
sorts of metaphors, there
’s pretty much nothing else in life that you can’t draw some analogy back to the ocean or surfing. It’s so pure & can be so perfect, I’m addicted!