In honor of Kyla who's in Hawaii right now, let's
do some "either/or" questions. Reading
OR watching TV?
Day OR night?
Stay at home OR go out on the town?
MS: Go out on the town for
sure. Town mean party? Oh, no party! I thought
"town" means sight seeing. No parties.
Surf movie OR Hollywood movie?
MS: Hollywood movie. I just
watched Da Vinci Code two nights ago...very fun.
Bikini OR wetsuit?
Rights OR lefts?
Big barrels OR a long pointbreak?
Name a few of your favorite surfers.
MS: Kelly Slater, my fiancé
and my Daddy.
Last winter when you were in California, you were
working on a film with some other Japanese surfer
girls. Tell us a bit about that...
MS: We are making dvd called…um,
I don't know the title (Laughter). I think something
in Japanese. They're going to sell it in two months.
It was recorded all around here...Blacks, Trestles,
Oceanside. We're eating, driving, having lots
of fun. None of us had been here before so it
was the first time for everybody. Very fun.
We notice you have a cross on all your boards.
Is that simply artwork or does it symbolize a
religious belief of some kind? Are you a spiritual
MS: No that's
my sponsor, Tools, they make backpacks and resin
to fix surfboards. No, that is not my religion.
I am Buddhist. (Laughter)
Buddhists are cool. I like Buddhists. Do you practice
Buddhism here. Do you go to temple?
MS: I don't go to temple
here but I used to pray a lot in Japan.
I think they have one in Vista.
MS: You think so? But we
have so many kinds of Buddhists.
So you are not Shinto?
MS: No, I am Shingon. (Laughter)
Shout-outs to your friends or supporters?
MS: I just want to say thank
you for my family and sponsors...Billabong, Tools,
Kustom shoes, Nixon, Damai Restaurant (Indonesian
food) and my daddy’s surf shop Doors.
& Interview by Prue Jeffries; Photography
by Chris Grant.