What does a typical day in the life of GBO consist of?
Nowadays I’m out of the rat race and working from home which is amazing. It’s a hustle, but it”s the best. Days kinda depend on the surf a bit, but a typical day has emails, surf, designing, more emails, hanging with the fam at the beach, a coupla beers at sunset time. Rinse and repeat.
Where are you from originally? And how long have you lived here on the North Shore in this beautiful A-frame?
I grew up on Kauai, south side. After high school I moved to Oahu for college, then on to California back in 1997 (yikes!). Sixteen years, four kids and a couple homes later, we moved back to Hawaii. Been on the north shore for going on 5 yrs now.
How would you compare living on Oahu to living in SoCal?
Simpler in some ways, more complicated in some. Life is what you make it. California has its conveniences, but Hawaii has its natural playground. Lot’s more time in the water for sure… warm water is so much easier and fun. We had great community in California, and we have great community here. Surround yourself with good people wherever you are.
What are your favorite parts about your home and the area in which you live?
My favorite parts about the north shore are waves of course, but also it’s such a great small community vibe. Everyone knows everyone. Being in this house is rad. It’s been here for so long that everyone out here knows it — like “oh you guys are in the old A-Frame.” Lot’s of people have lots of memories here, so we try to keep it open for everyone to hang and enjoy.
You seem to have this pretty dialed. Give us some of your favorite local gems.
Ha ha, I can’t be broadcasting the secret spots… I surf out front of the house a lot because it’s right there and usually pretty good, in between Rockies, Rights and Pupukea. Restaurants is a bit tough, slim pickings. Pupukea Grill food truck is a favorite. Rajanee Thai and Banzai Sushi are regulars in Haleiwa Town. Outside of that we’re driving to town for the good foodie scene.