Dan from SurfStitch: Okay you three – you seem to be having more fun than anyone else in the world every time we see you guys in photos or online clips, what’s the secret? How do you balance the commercial pressures of competition results and always staying so pumped?
Dane: Did you write these questions?
Tanner: I didn’t know we were doing a Nat Geo interview! (laughs)
Pat: Is this 60 Minutes right now? Haha. (all laugh)
D: pretty much to stay balanced; you need to have a lot of fun with whatever you’re doing. If your work is fun, then are you ever really working? You know, so that’s what you have to ask yourself.
P: Working hard or hardly working!
D: If you try hard and you enjoy the benefits of what you do then that’s really rewarding and you enjoy what you do then you won’t get run down. And I think that’s how you stay stoked.
P: I think in terms of contests too, it’s kind of like you go and it’s what you do and not who you are and I think when you’re able to separate the two and not feel like when you’re winning, you’re stoked, and when you’re losing your bummed. It’s more like, ‘Hey I love doing it and I put my heart into it and give it 110%!’. But at the end of the day I’m able to walk away and say I’m still incredibly stoked to do what I do, which is compete so it’s not who I am it’s what I do. Thought I’d break it down for the comp guys (laughs).
D: COMP TEAM!! (laughs)
Dan: So episode 1 of Vans Down Days had the three of you checking out some of the finer parts of Victoria’s coastline. We would love to hear about any side splitting adventures that ended up on the editing room floor? There must be some juice you kept up your sleeve…..come on lads.
D: Come on lads! Haha. (laughs)
T: There is actually, so for the last day, everybody was all stoked because the episodes were done and we went out in Melbourne and we raged! And it was like, yes! We had the best time ever. But then the next day we woke up, completely hung-chow, and heard or we got a call and it was like Bells is going off! I’m talking 8ft in the bowl and we were like, oh my goodness! So we were stressing, and we drive down and just barely handled the drive, and we show up and it’s like the best Bells I’ve ever seen in my life , like Ross Clarke-Jones was out there just going HAM.
P: We were so hung-over like probably still so pickled and like seriously so tweaked and we paddled out, I think for like a 5 hour session?
T: Yeah. It was crazy.
P: And we were all on the wrong boards cause we didn’t have big boards.
D: I was on Tanner’s fish.
T: Yeah! Flying!
D: That was my first time ever trying to surf Bells and it’s like pumping in the bowl, and I’m on a fucking fish. I couldn’t hold a rail for the life of me, I’m like this is heavy! This is almost torturous.
T: Yeah, but none of that made it in. So there’s your special! (laughs)
Dan: What does 2014 hold for the trio? Is there any WCT qualification plans on the agenda?
T: Yeah, that’d be rad! I would be stoked on that.
D: I’m not really, I don’t know, my ratings pretty low right now (all laugh) I’m like number 560th so I can’t really get into anything (laughing)
Dan: So what’s the year hold for you?
D: What’s it hold for me? Ah I dunno, sketchy haha nah just joking. I’m just super stoked, I just want to keep travelling and ride really good, big, barrels and keep the stoke alive. That’s it.
P: Yeah, find the groove. Ah yeah, for me I want to compete and do the QS this year and I’d like to win that and just surf big waves with the boys and kind of push to surf new waves and read maps and new moves and yeah, kind of work on that stuff.
Dan: San Clemente is somewhat of a breeding ground for rippers these days, who were the major influences for you three growing up, and who are the up and comers snapping at your heels these days?
D: Well it’s sick, when were growing up we saw Wardo (Chris Ward) a bunch, we’d always see him and Shane Beschen, Nathan and Christian Fletcher and ah, being apart of that has been great we still get a chance to travel a lot with Nate (Nathan Fletcher) and surf with him, you know it’s crazy, cause he’s from San Clemente to, the same zone as where we’re from, so we have this tight connection. And he’s always kind of teaching us new ways and still to him for like bigger waves and barrels and airs, everything you know. But there’s all sorts of young kids coming through, the San Clemente surf team is blowing up and there are a bunch of young groms that are like 12, 14 years old and you see them at T-Street everyday going big and it’s epic they’re there every single day so it’s pretty sick. I mean T-Street is just where it’s all kind of at.
P: Yep, it’s like a big old melting pot of super froth.
D: Yeah, like 6 generations deep of frothing.
P: Yeah, cause you can paddle out there any day if there’s waves and you will still see Nathan Fletcher, Chris Ward or Dino Andino you know or any of the boys out there still shredding and then like Griffin Colapinto… there’s like heaps of young groms and they’re like micro mini groms and they just rip. Which is pretty sick, it keeps you on your game.
Dan: Lets just pretend the three of you have surfed all day at some exotic location, and you’re all killing for a burrito and a beer – if you had to wrestle for it, who would walk away with the lions share?
T: With the one burrito and one beer? (Yeah, who would get it?) Well, isn’t there a knife and a fork? (Laughs) So we can split this out? Come on mate! (In aus accent) (Laughs).
D: if you’re talking about beef and beans burrito, we love that, Love beans.
D: I actually don’t even eat anymore, I just eat air. (All laugh). It’s this new oxygen diet, it’s just so fulfilling.
P: I’m kinda the best at reasoning so I’ll get them to all pass the goods over to me (laughs), nah I don’t know…
D: I drink beer. But I eat oxygen.
T: Haha that’s all time.
Dan: So there are quite a few ladies in the SurfStitch office with Gudauskas Brothers photos on their cork boards, and it got me wondering, which of the three of you was the ladies man growing up?
D: So these chicks single or? (laughs)
T: So does that mean that I am grown up? (laughs) Is that what this is alluding to?
D: Ooh! Are you a ladies man?
T: That’s kind of a hectic one
P: Tanner as soon as he walks in the door!
D: I wasn’t…
P: We were pretty shit groms , I dunno, yeah. We slung peanut butter and jelly sandwhiches against walls in high school and would just froth on it.
D: And as adults TP’d the judge’s house! (all laugh)
P: (laughing) Yeah we’re still living that same dream.
D: We were too much of groms to care and would just psych on everything.
P: Chicks were probably psyched and we’d just be spraying em down (all laugh), like what! Blow turn in your face!
P: T-boy was pretty good.
D: We love girls though, I love women!
T: I’m always down for a good hug! (Laughs)
D: I love women, just to be sure on that!
P: Haha putting it out there!