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KL: What were you like as I kid?
NG: I was hyperactive man, dude I was on ritalin. My childhood was pretty cool. I was raised by my mom. Only child, single parent situation. I was always outside, I was always dirty and cut up. But I always came in when the Cosby show came on, that and Alf. I was told to be who you are, so I did. I read Garfield books and Calvin and Hobbes and played in the dirt, it was great.  

KL: Where was the best session you've had in California?
NG: Probably Rincon, I've only surfed it once and it was epic. And on my second wave I got barreled across the point on my backhand, which was shocking because I didn't know I could ride the barrel backside.

KL: West vs. East?
NG: I've had lots of time to compare them. The grass is always greener you know. The 5 (freeway) is just insane, the amount of people out here is nuts, it's a culture shock. California is so vast, I like the endless opportunities. It's up to you in what you can achieve. I love all the museums out here, and all the things going on, all the aquariums and the studies going on involving the ocean and beaches. I like the politics out here way better, that's for sure, I don't know when Florida became a red state, but I'm not sure I could move back.

KL: Have you been adhering to your new year's resolutions?
NG: No. hahahah… no.

KL: Straight up now? What were they?
NG: I wanted to surf more and exercise more, but then again I don't really have the time.

KL: Do you have any crazy desires?
NG: Yeah, I want to be a bum and travel around, not own anything but my camera and just capture my adventures.

KL: How did you get into photography?
NG: Um, probably all the way back into high school, we had a really good program at my school, had state of the art technology. The students at my school were really into the arts. I was surrounded by creative, talented people. The town I grew up in too is really esthetically pleasing - old buildings built in the 1500's, cool setting and scenery. That's what I was drawn to originally, shooting my town, and it just kind of evolved from there. I always had my camera with me, when I was doing the tour, just a 300mm. I shot some heats in Hossegor, France one year and it ended up becoming a story in East Coast Wahines. So that was really exciting and I realized then maybe I could do more of this kind of thing.

KL: Where did you grown up?
NG: In St. Augustine Florida, in between Jacksonville and Daytona Beach.

KL: Isn't that like the oldest town in the states or something?
NG: Yeah, it's the oldest European settlement in the nation. So there is a lot of history, lots of wars fought there. It was once taken over by the French, then the British, then again by Spain. There is a lot going on there, a lot of ghosts, it's one of the most haunted cities in the nation.

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