Interviews

From SURFER Magazine to The Surfer's Journal

The Man at the Helm of Surfing’s Greatest Magazines

We spoke with Brendon Thomas, the past Editor-in-Chief of SURFER Magazine and current Director of Operations at The Surfer's Journal, about his new job, how surf coverage has changed and what he has to look forward to.

Pro Athlete, Photographer, Filmmaker, Family Man

Jimmy Chin Is Unstoppable

In 2011, Jimmy Chin climbed one of the hardest peaks in the world, Shark's Fin on Mount Meru. What's more impressive is that he filmed the adventure, then turned it into a documentary that just won big at Sundance.

Racing Into the Sunset

Jeff Gordon on Retirement, Race Day and Driving to Win

Jeff Gordon recently announced his impending retirement from NASCAR. We caught up with him for a few questions about the keys to his consistent driving success, what he's learned during his 23-year career, and where his competitive fire is headed after he officially retires.

AMA and Motorsports Hall of Famer

Ready or Not, Ricky is Ready to Race

Ricky Johnson's advice: "Know your limits. That goes for everything from driving to women." We grabbed a few minutes with the racing legend after qualifying sessions at the Red Bull Frozen Rush.

Olympic Gold Medalist

30 Minutes With: Sage Kotsenburg

Hailing from Salt Lake city, 21-year-old Sage Kotsenburg is one of the strongest riders in today's snowboarding scene. He also won a gold in Sochi by throwing down a trick he made up on the spot.

man before machine

30 Minutes With: Ueli Steck

Swiss climber Ueli Steck recently became the first person ever to climb the south face of Annapurna, perhaps the most technically challenging climb in the world. We sat down with the living legend to talk about the gear he can't live without and his approach to the sport, and to find out if there's life for him after climbing.

Rapha's Marketing Man

30 Minutes With: James Fairbank

The person responsible for cycling brand Rapha’s display of enthusiasm for fashion and cycling is the company’s Head of Central Brand Marketing, James Fairbank. We sat down with him on a recent stop in at Rapha's London HQ.

How a next-generation master distiller helped relight the stills

Willett’s Long Path Back to Bourbon

Willett Master Distiller Drew Kulsveen doesn't have time for bullshit. It's not something he has to tell anyone. The message shoots from his eyes like a railgun. Even at a relatively young age, it's clear he's heard it all before. He talks like someone who’s lost years listening to others dribble on, and worked hard to eradicate the behavior in himself; his speech is terse, verging on curt. You can't blame him for him ignoring the noise. A lot rides on his shoulders. He and his family worked for years to rebuild the family distillery, which reopened in 2012, and now he's determined to prove a point.

Red Bull Air Race Champion

30 Minutes With: Nigel Lamb

In the world's fastest motorsport, pilots fly at 230 mph and pull upwards of 10 g's through the track. GP sat down with Nigel Lamb, Breitling's Master Class pilot, ahead of the Red Bull Air Race at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

Big Mountain Freeriding Disciple

30 Minutes With: Nicolas Müller

Nicolas Müller is one of the best snowboarders on the planet, but you won’t see him on the podium at the X Games or in highlight clips on SportsCenter. The 32-year-old Swiss native started out as a competitive snowboarder, eventually reaching the top of the international circuit, but hung it all up to push the progression on the sport on bigger canvas: big mountain free riding.

23-Year-Old Cyclocross Champion

30 Minutes With: Lars Van der Haar

Slight at 5’7” and 128 pounds, Dutch cyclocross star Lars van der Haar, 23, wields heavyweight power at the races. He rides with a style so explosive that it inspired American cyclocross fans to coin the phrase "Go van der Haarder". Like Belgian Sven Nys before him (#svenness), van der Haar has transcended the bounds of the sport and stands perched on the cusp of becoming a legend.

The Real Ironman

30 Minutes With: Craig Alexander

Craig Alexander is one of the greats in triathlon. He was kind enough to join us for a jog in Central Park, where we talked food, training and one of the great scandals in Ironman history.