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KL: Rant on if you like, get it all out…
NG: Well, my speech professor was talking in class one day saying that there is an actual journal on teenage eating disorders for young women. And he said it himself, he said that means there is enough information to actually make a journal about it. How sad is that? So to think that our industry would perpetuate that stereotype is ignorant and mind blowing and crushing. And I don't want to be a part of it. I want to be a part of something positive and influential to the young girls. I couldn't be a part something that gives people an eating disorder.

KL: Doesn't it seem like there are enough people like us who recognize what is happening, and could make an actual core industry?
NG: That's a very good point, yeah; I've talked to people about that a bunch. The women have to support the women in order for there to be headway. But for me, I don't even know where to start. Sitting here talking to you is a good start, talking with Holly about IWS is a good start. It's hard when you don't have any resources. What do you do? Start a clothing company owned and operated by women, and somehow support the women? Layne Beachley has her own website and she gives out scholarships and things to women, I think it's laynebeachley.com. But yeah, if enough girls got together and really used their heads, and if they really wanted to see a change, they could make one. It's not gonna happen overnight though. We'd be doing it more so for the girls who are learning right now, who are like us and deserve to have the chance at a career in professional surfing.

KL: Do you consider yourself an angry person?
NG: Sometimes, yeah, it’s hard to keep a level head when there is so much injustice in the world. I think the anger comes from feeling helpless sometimes and wanting to do the right thing. I just try to turn that passion into my surfing and into my photography, capture it and communicate it to the rest of the world. But I think I'm a pretty happy-go-lucky kinda person. I think my friends would say I'm funny. I think I kinda turn my anger into comedy. Laughter has always been a way I deal with things.

KL: Tell us about your recent misfortune.
NG: I don't know what it is, but in the last year or so I've had a lot of things stolen from me, I've never stolen anything in my life. But it was just random, someone came into our house at night, I kinda feel embarrassed to say but our front door was unlocked, so someone came in, grabbed all of our keys that were hanging by the front door, and stole my car that was in the driveway. So just another setback. But through all this I've just realized how good of friends I have.

KL: Do you feel like an unlucky person?
NG: No, not at all, this kind of stuff happens to everyone. You know, I got my health, got awesome people around me who want to help. Bad things happen to good people all the time, I'm not gonna take it personally and let it get me down. Sometime it does, but self pity isn't going to get me anywhere. I'm very lucky, life is good.

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