Where are you from? How long have you lived here?
I grew up in Calgary, Alberta, Canada, but moved to California in 1993 to go to Cal Arts. I moved to Los Angeles in 1995. We have been in this house since 2000.
Coming from Canada, how did you first get into surfing?
I have always been into skateboarding. I did not under- stand surfing for the longest time. But Takuji Masuda was part of our friend group and he had a place on the beach in Malibu. He is an incredibly accomplished longboarder, and a bit of an ambassador for surfing. This was around 1998 or 1999. We would all skate the ramp we built in Topanga and Tak started taking us longboarding in Malibu. My first board was a Takayama Double Ender. We would drink green tea and watch Morning of the Earth. I came to surfing through that type of perspective. It would have been nice to grow up surfing, but it is also special to come to something as an adult. To learn about the ocean, to look at surf history and surf culture, and really be able to appreciate it at a time in my life that was full of so much change. Our whole group of friends really sort of became surfers. For better or for worse.
What are your favorite parts about LA and the area in which you live?
I grew up in a very bland suburb. My studio and home are in tree-lined neighborhoods, but really they are right in the city. Being in the city has drawbacks. Hollywood, the Eastside, can be ugly and worse, but that is city life; you get a balance. The recent protests for Black Lives Matter are at the bottom of our street, which I’ve proudly participated in. Los Angeles is a place you love because it is complex. The more you simplify it, the less interesting it is. It might smell like flowers, but the smog is still there. That has come to be important to me, and I like that for my daughters.