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KL: Any ideas for something cohesive you could create by fusing together all your different passions - surfing, photography, massage, the environment, people…?
JC: I would love to build a big commune of friends, whether its a big hotel or a small motel or something, and turn all the rooms into studios and have all my friends living there doing their creative thing, their art. And it would be neat to turn it into a magazine, maybe a conscious magazine or something, printed on recycled paper, something different and inspiring to others. And have a big garden in the backyard, and be able to go to the surf close by. Or creating a great café with really good food, sustainable, organic, where people could come, do internet or whatnot, have live music, maybe a wine bar in the evenings, have massage in the back, or upstairs with a hair dressing salon. Or I'd love to put a movie together with different people's lives that kinda touches on all those different parts of me. That's a good question, gets me thinking.

KL: Sounds like you’ve thought about it. Do you ever feel controlled by the surf industry, like you can't escape its power?
JC: Yeah.

KL: How come?
JC: Because it's always like the carrot is dangling, it's going be a better around the corner. And you know, I want to go on more trips. They hold the money that could help out with trips, the industry, and keeping us sustained by working in the industry, by being a part of it. So yeah, it's tough; it'd be fun to have the life of a pro surfer, like the clothing companies lead you to believe. But sometimes I want to just get a regular kick back job at a café, live out of my car, or in a tent, haha, but then at the same time, it's really fun to be a role model and be recognized as being a good athlete and to be accepted by the surf industry. I guess in any industry you want to be at the top, at least I do, to be the best at what I do.

KL: Why do you think there are so few shots of women in surf magazines?
JC: Maybe because there aren't as many female surfers meeting up with photographers and going shooting. Maybe they don't know how to go about it or who to go shoot with. Or maybe they don't think they are good enough, although they should; there are so many rippers out there. Or maybe the industry is still timid to run good shots of women? But no, if they have good shots of girls, they'll run them, I think, right? I don't know it still is an industry run by the guys and I'm not really sure why.

KL: Do the female surfers you know shoot photos a lot?
JC: Well I think that sometimes there is no point to it. It's cool to be in a magazine, and it's kind of addicting and fun to create art with another photographer, it's so beautiful and fun to be the subject of that art and everything, but it's a job. But it's tough to keep doing it if you don't have a sponsor giving you photo incentive. There is less incentive to go and do a job without pay, not that many girls are sponsored or have any reason to go shoot. Not much comes out of it for them.

KL: What do you think we female surfers should all be working toward? In your opinion, what would be the ideal situation for all of us?
JC: I think it'd be really neat to see a big tour around the world, with not just surfing, but kinda a festival type atmosphere, located on the beach, with longboarding, shortboarding, riding fishes, kinda an expression thing, with art and music and skateboarding involved and you know environmental activism. So maybe there is a traveling crew, like the ASP, whose job is to put on these events around the world. Because I think it's really empowering when women see other women doing these kind of things that are independent and athletic and artsy, and they are out there in the world… haha, "out there in the world…." Anyhow, I think it would be sweet to combine forces. I'd love to travel with the shortboarders, I hear they're kinda crazy. I think teaching surfing is key too, bringing people into the sport. Showing people about the ocean and getting them through waves and duckdiving, and catching rides, I think that's really important to give back too, and not keep it so separated from the people who want to try and surf. Because having tried it brings more interest into the sport, and it's not going to get crazy crowded. Not that many people can live on the coast and get to the beach. You know, it's such a….a sport of queens, haha, that I don't think we're gonna have a problem with crowds, if anything, people will take care of the ocean more, being more connected to it. So yeah a festival kinda thing, with surf lessons, skateboarding, photography and dance parties at night, with BBQ's and bonfires!

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