JC: I'm stoked, it's been fun designing it, testing
the boards, figuring out colors, logos, a really
fun creative process, and Jed's been a really
fun guy to do it with.
What's your favorite part about being a surfer?
JC: I think the people that I get to meet and
hang with and the lifestyle it brings. I've met
the greatest people and we can all connect through
surfing and share the most amazing times together.
It teaches me so much too, I love that it's always
a teacher. I have experienced every emotion out
in the water, from total embarrassment, going
over the falls, to just total happiness, bliss,
just in my heart it doesn't get any better than
that, or to silliness or anger, frustration, everything.
And it just teaches me about life and how to handle
situations and it's a challenge everyday. It's
a full on physical, mental, spiritual challenge,
it's always pushing me and it's different everyday.
But I definitely wouldn't do it as much if there
weren't so many cool people associated with it.
Just running into your friends at the beach, having
a cool conversation…that's pretty important
for me, I love people.
People person huh?
JC: Yeah, I think so. Sometimes I get shy though,
but I like being around people. I like one on
one time too, it's good.
How lucky do you feel to be addicted to surfing?
JC: Ha, I definitely feel like if there are any
addictions in this life, I'm very lucky that surfing
is my drug. It shapes my life.
Did you take dance as a kid?
JC: No, I despised dance. It was so not for me.
Skateboarding, basketball, no dance.
So you learned style and grace just through surfing?
JC: Yeah, I don't know where the style thing came
In the recent surf film, "Girls
Rip", one of your peers described you
as having the nicest style she's ever seen, that
you're "a smooth cat and a beautiful noserider".
Isn't that sweet? Do you hear that often?
JC: I remember when I could first kind of ride
a longboard, people would comment on my style,
so I was like, oh cool, I guess I have nice style.
I guess it kind of came naturally, but I think
there are things that you can work on too, like
being conscious of your hands, but that's a really
great compliment to have nice style I think. Yeah,
someone asked me to do a style clinic up in Northern
California, so I've been thinking about that question
and what makes good style, maybe cross stepping,
posture… That's what's so rad about surfing
is that everyone has their own natural style they're
born with, the way they approach a wave and stuff.
I like to try to be smooth and make it look easy.
I think a good pro athlete makes whatever their
doing look like a breeze.
Are all the girls who surf Malibu really competitive
with each other?
JC: You know what is rad, not really, no. We all
get along, it's pretty cool. It's neat 'cause
we're all so into surfing still and have gone
our own way about it, but we still surf together
and aren't hardcore on each other at all. Recently
actually, I went up to do a photo shoot for Wet
magazine and it was about the girls that surf
Malibu. It was this posse, and it was the coolest
feeling, 'cause now there are all these girl groms,
well, they're turning into total women, in their
early twenties, late teens, and Kass was at the
shoot and Carla and then the younger girls. And
we all had such a good time, kicking it on the
sand. You know, you're there the entire day, surfing
a couple sessions, then walkng to get a sandwich
or ice cream, and sharing your latest stories
with everyone. It's a pretty rad scene up there,
good times for sure.
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