What are your favorite parts of the bus?
The bedroom is magical. Katie and I lived in there for two and a half years up until a few months ago. It’s extremely cozy and warm, such a private little nook that is all encompassing when you’re settled up in there.
Let’s talk about your store, Trim Shop. How’d that get started?
Trim was really something I was hoping somebody else would open before I did. That is to say, I didn’t particularly want the responsibility, but I knew Santa Barbara needed it, was ready for it and that the community would be receptive of a more eclectic surf shop. Katie and I did a lot of talking about the idea and set our sights on it in the near future, then the whole ‘why not now’ thought hit like a ton of bricks and we went to work!
Who do draw inspiration from in your surfing? Shaping? Life in general?
Over different periods of the past 10 years lots of different people. George Greenough would be high on that list for the sheer amount of projects he undertakes, and how doggedly he pursues what he wants in any given task. Gerry Lopez for the way he treats those around him; he pays attention and is legitimately mindful. He’s like my grandmother in the way that when you spend time with someone like that, you legitimately feel like it was ‘your’ time with them. I think that’s something that we can all practice on a daily basis with the people we are around. My friend Gregg Tally has been huge in teaching me what we’re capable of when we set our hearts to it. I’ve seen him go from near death to firing on all cylinders and have learned first hand what the human body and spirit is capable of when we truly set our intentions.
What are your favorite parts about Santa Barbara and the area in which you live?
I love that the community is tight. It’s hard to crack into, but it ends up sucking you in. It’s a place I thought I wouldn’t be able to stay for financial reasons, but I set a goal for myself and said I’d stay as long as I was being responsible and it looked like the future of eventually raising a family here felt real. So far so good!
Any parting thoughts, words of wisdom, sage advice?
If you want to start something: a project, a job, an adventure, don’t wait and don’t listen to your doubts. Just make your best decisions on any given day and keep moving forward. Be courteous to people and places along the way and give the benefit of the doubt. That is to say, while you give yourself the chance to succeed in what you’re doing, also give others that same chance. Learn from every minute of every day and put your best effort into everything you do. If things fall apart and you learned a hard lesson, at the very least – you learned! Bitchin!