Ronnie, tell us more about the Vice Sports series you’ve been working on.
Vice World of Sports is a documentary series on VICELAND that gets on the field and into the ring, so to speak, telling compelling stories at the fringe of culture and politics. It’s great to be part of a show that’s bringing transcendent sports stories into the homes of millions of people. We get emails from parents all the time telling us how these pieces have become wonderful tools to teach their children about the lesser known parts of the sports world. It’s also cool as a former pro-soccer player getting to blend my passions for sports and storytelling.
What’s it like working at the Vice office in Venice?
Everyone there is talented, smart and really passionate about what they are doing. It’s quite unreal to be a part of Vice’s Media revolution.
What are your favorite parts about Topanga and the area in which you live?
Staley: We both like being surrounded by nature, within walking distance to hiking trails, and just a short drive to our favorite surf breaks. We have coyotes, deer, green parrots, woodpeckers, mountain lions, snakes and lizards up here. Both being from smaller beach towns, Topanga is the perfect spot for us. It’s a really nice sanctuary from the hustle and bustle of L.A., with a very nice community. Local favorites include Red Rocks and Eagle Rock for hiking, Rocco’s Pizza, Waterlily Café, and Froggy’s when it’s open.
If your house was burning down and you could only get out with five items, what would you take?
Staley: This almost happened this past summer, and we both almost ended up with only our shirts, shorts and sandals. Luckily, it did not. We’d each take one surfboard, I would take my box of photo albums, and Ronnie would take chips and salsa.
Any parting thoughts, words of wisdom, sage advice?
Be here now. Fire insurance.