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eam Rider
1. Where were you born, and what year?
New Jersey.  1973.

2. Where do you live now and what is it like?
Williamsburg/Brooklyn.  Easy to Manhattan.  Easy to beach.  Some good spots for food.  My block is great -- very quiet.

3. When & where did you start surfing & who influenced you to do so?
I grew up visiting Long Beach Island, so I guess the guys I saw surfing there each summer planted the idea.  I'd watch enviously.  At 30, finally realizing the slim odds of someone waltzing by and saying "here's a board -- go give it a try," I rented a soft-top and headed out one morning.  On an early attempt I caught whitewater, then was like 'uh-oh, I think this is when I stand.'  I was hooked -- or at least determined -- because the next summer took a vacation to CA for a week in the water.  Wake, eat, surf, eat, surf, eat, sleep, repeat.  That trip was amazing.  

4. What was your first board?
8'6" Becker tri-fin/fun.  I will always love it.

5. Who do you admire most in all of surfing?
Probably too many to rattle off.  I love watching strong surfers, on film or in the water.  I think watching/admiring helps the learning process -- what to do, what not to do, what to try.  I admire a lot of the people I surf with regularly for all sorts of reasons -- vibe, ability, personal style, progress.

6. What are some of your favorites? ( color, food, drink, book, movie, musician, artist)
Guacamole, Mexican food in general.  Especially in summer.  Big breakfasts of all varieties.  Especially after surfing.  Charleston Chew.  Olives.  Cheese.  I could go on and on.  Can I just talk about food?

7. What's your most memorable surfing moment to this day in your life.
Memorable moment -- maybe my first wave in San Diego as I set out to learn.  We were pretty far out (or what seemed far at the time) with nice rollers coming in.  Someone gave my board a shove, I heard 'pop up' -- and FOOM -- by some miracle I was actually on a glassy green face going right.  All was close to perfect until it occurred to me that no one had told me how to get off the thing.  I do remember thinking 'so this is it' -- this is why people do this.  

8. What is one of your most proud moments and why?
Most proud moment.  With regard to surfing, when I challenge or surprise myself.  Some waves stand out more than others, but it's also rewarding to confront any mental obstacles that rear up -- moments of fear or hesitation or lagging confidence.  Mostly when I remember to have fun and not take myself too seriously -- those are the best moments.

9. What are the goals you are still working toward?
I hope I'm always improving, but as important, remembering what made me want to surf in the first place.  The physical aspects are great, but so is the time spent in the water finding that headspace that makes the hectic elements of city life more tolerable.  I'm sure that surfing's curveballs and challenges will have me working toward numerous goals for a long time to come.  

10. What do you want more than anything out of your love for surfing?
Longevity.  I hope to stay at it as long as it'll have me.
Bridget Klapinski