It seems as though lately the precursor to a number of my posts have been “I don’t usually like (insert the thing I don’t like to do here)”, and guess what, I’m going to do it again.
I don’t usually like Q & A interviews because they are dry, uninventive, repetitive, not creative and BOOOOORINGGG, but sometimes, just sometimes, a Q & A frames a person’s personality and makes for an interesting read. Such is the case with Noah Wegrich’s interview in the latest issue of Surfing Magazine. Like I mentioned in my thoughts on Maui’s Ian Walsh, this 19 year old new kid on the block from Santa Cruz has a charisma that punches through the boring overused questions that I’ve read a bagillion times in surfing magazines and makes me interested (or in modern terms, makes me want to search him on Instagram, an attainable goal given the information in the Q & A).
In 26 questions I don’t necessarily feel like I know the kid inside and out (who in fact is my age, I’ve got to stop saying kid), but I feel that if I ever encounter him at a party, on a table, dancing with his shirt off, and a tie around his head, I would know what to do. Just read the interview and you’ll get what I’m saying.
WHAT INSPIRES YOU THE MOST?
Unicorns and dragons
BEST SURF VIDEO SEGMENT OF ALL TIME?
Dane’s hour long mash-up of all of his 5 min clips put together
WHAT IS YOUR INTERNET HOMEPAGE?
WHAT’S SOMETHING YOU DO EVERY SINGLE DAY, WITHOUT EXCEPTION?
Eat massive amounts of food
WHERE WAS THE LAST PLACE YOU WORE A TIE?
I wore one to prom sophomore year of high school, but it was on my head and I was shirtless while dancing with my stone cold fox of an English teacher.
WHAT’S YOUR INSTAGRAM NAME?
WHY SHOULD PEOPLE FOLLOW YOU?
They probably shouldn’t. I’m kind of a wierdo
FAVORITE WORLD CHAMPION?
Hot dog eating world champ Takeru Kobayashi
WHAT’S THE FARTHEST YOU’VE EVER HAD TO TRAVEL ON FOOT?
When I was 15, I hiked 20 miles with my mom on Mother’s day. Anything for love
IF YOU WERE TO START A BUSINESS, WHAT WOULD YOU SELL?
I’d start an undergarment line for men and call it Noah’s Secret
Great white sharks
DO YOU TWEET?
I’m supposed to, but I always forget and it’s stupid. No pictures and honestly who cares about your life? I’m living mine
WORST TATTOO YOU’VE EVER SEEN?
CALL ME MAYBE with a phone number underneath blasted across this Aussie kid’s chest in Indo
WHY ARE DRUGS BAD?
People use them as excuses to say they’re having a good time, but all you really need to d is just have a good time
BEST THING A GIRL HAS EVER SAID TO YOU?
Umm, girls don’t really talk to me
BEST BOOK YOU’VE EVER READ?
I read a lot, but I don’t know. The worst book I’ve ever read was The Pearl by John Steinbeck. It’s so depressing. I hate that guy, all his books suck
WOULD YOU RATHER DO AN AIR REVERSE OR A BIG CARVE?
Big carves; I attempt way too many air revos
HOW MANY BOARDS DO YOU ORDER A YEAR?
Like three if I can afford it. They’re so expensive
WHAT IS THE BEST WAY TO PROGRESS YOUR SURFING?
Watch snowboard and skate videos and only surf when you’re hungry for it. Quality over quantity
DOES SURFING BELONG IN THE MAINSTREAM?
Yes. If people will watch fat dudes tackle each other in tights for a football, then people doing crazy things in an uncontrolled environment should be banging off the charts
WHY DO YOU SURF?
It keeps me sane. I would love my shit if I couldn’t
WHAT ANNOYS YOU ABOUT SURFING?
Bad waves, people who take it too seriously and old grumpy guys who can’t surf
BEST NON-SURFING EXPERIENCE?
WAS SURFING COOLER IN THE 70’s?
So much cooler
DO YOU DO YOUR HAIR?
No, but I started brushing my hair and now I understand why girls do it. It feels good to have it combed and smooth.
Interview and 2 pictures courtesy of Surfing Magazine (Ryan Craig, Peter Taras) other pictures courtesy of Wegrich’s instagram