Where are your favorite places to surf around here?
R: In all honesty, free time is of the essence these days between work, and the new grom. I love finding my own little uncrowded pockets of fun around here. Ponto always has something. I love the zone between Pipes and Swamis too, it’s always uncrowded and punchy. My buddy Kahana Kalama decided to call it Americas a few years ago. My friends from the East Coast, Jimmy and Zander are also believers.
What has been your favorite travel destination?
R: For work… hands down, India. It’s just a complete distortion of reality as we know it and I absolutely love it. The colors, the people and the overall insanity that comes with it makes it seriously my favorite place to shoot. I’ve done three projects there and am headed back in January. There’s waves too.
B: I love Bali, it’s just a great balance between culture and surf. Beautiful, great shopping, good friends, surf for Russell, romantic yet easy to have kids there. Russell has been about 10 times and I’ve been 3 times. Can’t wait to take Magnolia there as soon as we can. I also love the beauty and history of Italy. And Israel, especially the Sea of Galilee.
Where do you want to go?
R: I really want to experience more of Eastern Europe and Russia. I haven’t been to much of that area. I also have never been to Africa with my fam. I would love to experience that with them. Also, anywhere with a left point.
B: I would like to go to the Maldives. And the Amazon.
Now that you have a newborn baby, how will that affect your work and travel schedules?
R: Well, Brianna is on maternity leave for a couple more months which is great and I’ve been able to stick closer to home as of late, working a lot more in LA or contracting out work. It is different, but nothing we didn’t expect. We do still want to hit the ground running with parenthood and try and keep somewhat of the same pace of life we had before.
B: We’ve actually already booked a trip to Italy, we figured we might as well travel as much as we can while she flies for free! It’s one place that Russell has never been, so we plan to go in October, we’re so excited for it to be Magnolia’s first trip abroad.
How do you like to spend your spare time when not traveling and/or working?
R: I love doing pretty much anything in the ocean, watching films, and just enjoying being home when I can. Life get’s pretty nuts for us, so when we’re home, we really enjoy it.
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/ Interview & Photography by Matt Titone