Tom Carroll, Mark Healey, Lisa Andersen, Richie Collins, Bruce Raymond, Reef McIntosh, Balaram Stack, Alex Knost, Damien Fahrenfort, Meah Collins, PawnShop Kings, Chad Penry, Jack Coleman, Mike Murphy, Karin Moran Kendrick, Shane Ellis, Makoto Gomibuchi, Jon Atchley, Kevin Kelly, Dave Ochoa, Adam Morgan, Grant Haymond, Clay Smith and Lorin Ely-McGregor.
A wicked sense of humor and mellowed after years of doing it all. Humble and engaging, he was a pure delight to chat to. ”Carroll was voted in at Number 7 on Surfer Magazine’s list of the Greatest Surfers of All Time. In 1988, he made history again by becoming the first surfer to secure a million dollar contract with Quiksilver. He was inducted into the Australian Suring Hall of Fame in 1990. In 1991, he won Australia’s Surfing Life Peer Poll and 8 years later was inducted into the Huntington Beach Surfing Hall of Fame.” Source:Wikipedia
Very funny and a rider for Quiksilver, Mark is best known for big wave surfing on Oahu’s North Shore in Hawaii and for being a true all round waterman. A really nice guy, unassuming and totally devoted to the ocean. He knows the reefs around the North Shore like most people know their own home. ”Mark Healey is immune to fear.” Source Oakley http://www.oakley.com/sports/surf/athletes/439
Beautiful in the most natural way and unaffected, this is also one woman who can hold her own. In person she is funny, humble and charming. ”Lisa is a four-time world surfing champion from the United States. She won four titles in a row from 1994 to 1997. From 1994 to 1997 she won successive women’s world titles before injury forced her to stop competing.” Source: Wikipedia http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lisa_Andersen
An outstanding surfer and devoted Dad, who is intensely passionate about making his girls reach their potential. His daughter Meah Collins, currently sponsored by Roxy, is competing worldwide. Her younger sister Lylah is following close behind. Richie also has his own line of surfboards. ”Bold and outspoken, he railed against the establishment with the things he said, the way he looked, and the way he surfed”.Source: Jason Borte, Surfline.com
Softly spoken and thoughtful with his words I liked Bruce a lot. “Bruce was a professional Top 16 surfer who after helping pioneer the International Professional Surfing (IPS) joined Quiksilver as a sponsored athlete in 1975. He managed the promotions and advertising at Quiksilver Inc from 1978-1980 before returning to Australia as the CEO of Quiksilver Garments in 1981. ” Source: Nick Carroll,Surfline.com
The one who keeps the Quiksilver house at Pipe in order, Reef was incredibly accomodating and generous with his time. I think he thought I was nuts, but he was patient with me anyway. “A Hawaiian native from Kauai, Reef is a bonafied Pipeline specialist. His smooth barrel riding, both frontside and backside, have led him to being one of Quiksilver’s veteran surfers. A versatile big wave enthusiast, you can find Reef on any swell from Pipe, to Teahupoo, to Mavericks, and anywhere in-between.” Source: Dragon Alliance Bio
Balaram was laid back and not a shred of ego about him. He is one to watch for sure, not only because his surfing is getting him noticed but because right now, he’s a truly nice guy who smiles a lot. “Balaram is a native Point Lookout, New York professional surfer. Quiksilver discovered Stack at a surfing camp in Montauk and added him to its team. In 2009, Stack opted for an independent study course load so that he could travel the world and surf. ” Source: Wikipedia http://www.surfline.com/surflinetv/sixty-seconds/balarams-barrel-to-air-combo_63894
A lose cannon if ever I saw one, very very funny and cheeky to boot. I could have used all of his interview as a TV series. I think someone should. Damien is a pro surfer from Kommetjie near Cape Town, South Africa where he grew up and started competing at an early age with close friends and pro surfers Jordy Smith and Warick Wright. He now lives and causes chaos in Newport Beach, California. Damien is currently sponsored by Rusty, Future Fins and Filtrate Eyewear http://rusty.com/us/team/damien-fahrenfort
Now A rider for Roxy, and a with a highly successful modeling career, Meah is a delight to be around. Full of smiles, talent and a love of competition. Her sisters are equally lovely and that family I know will be all over Newport’s waves for years to come, under the watchful eye of their dad Richie Collins. “Meah already made 3 WQS this years as the youngest competitor.” Source: Johann Mouchel at Freaksurf Magazine.
Scott and Joel Owen are brothers who both live in Southern California and who’s music is featured in the opening sequence of Watching Water. Two of the nicest guys I have ever met with just as incredible families.”Driven by formative, experiences on their Arkansas plantation, born in Texas and rasised on the beach in Southern California, PawnShop kings play American music with equal parts rock, soul and pop.” Source: PawnShop kings site. Having grown up surfing they both still continue to surf regularly at Newport. Their song ‘Make Me Whole’ from the opening sequence is availble to buy from their website. Check out their site for up coming tour dates in the U.S.
Chad lives is a local at Newport Beach and Huntington and started out being sponsored both for his surfing and snowboarding before injury lead him to pursue other interests. He is Managing Partner at The Sun Grp. and is the Co founder and President of the Money XLive Event: ” In 2008 Chad produced “The Outside”, a surf feature film.” Source: LinkenIn
Alex in most well known for being the ultimate hipsters ‘hipster’ and for his progressive longboarding style. Mixed in with the likes of The Growlers, his own band Tomorrows Tulips are a break away from his days with Japanese Motors. Born and raised in Southern California, Alex is currently sponsored by RVCA.
Jack is a highly respected fashion photographer and film maker, based in Southern California. He has just finished his surf film ‘Polyester’ starring his close friend Alex Knost. Also well known for creating the amzing music videos for The Growlers, Jack in an exceptional artist. He allowed me to rabit on about The Lost Boys for far too long and was generous both in his advice and stack of surf mags.
Mike is a LA County Lifeguard who competes internationally in Iron Man and National Lifeguard Championships. A true waterman Mike lives to be in the ocean. Even when he’s meant to be doing an interview.
Karin is the Director of Sports Marketing at Roxy. Also the provider of the funniest outtakes which I swore I would never show.
Shane grew up in South Africa before moving to the U.S, he is an ex professional surfer who know lives with his family in California.And his obviously patient wife who must have wondered where he was after he got caught in the marathon kitchen table interview with his friend Damien Fahrenfort
Gomi grew up in Japan before moving to California with his family. He works and lives in Newport Beach. And has the best laugh and kindest nature.
Jon is a musician and artist who grew up around Newport and now lives with his wife is Portland. He is amazingly creative complete with a querky sense of humour.
My dear friend, and the one who finally got me standing up out there. Kevin has lived in Orange County his whole life and lives and works in Newport beach.
A southern Californian local, who’s home break is San Clemente and Trestles. And who explains how to be at ‘meeting’, while getting in a quick surf in the afternoon.
A lifeguard at Huntington State Beach and local surfer. A really great guy, but one who might throw a frisbee at your head.
A Newport beach local, who would give up everything for a surf. And is still stoked everytime he paddles out.
The uncle of Richie Collins, and brother of famous shaper Lance Collins, Clay is the epitomy of ‘local’.Always ready to stop for a chat and with plenty to laugh about. An amazing craftsman by trade he is still ripping on his own boards and always one step ahead of the surf reports.
Another Newport beach local, a family guy and talented graphic designer. A really lovely guy and one who with endless patience for the helicopters that joined us for most of the interview.