Interviews

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 talked food, training and one of the great scandals in Ironman history.

The Age of Innocence Editor Reuel Golden Talks About His Latest Book

A Look Back at Soccer’s Golden Age

The Age of Innocence: Football in the 1970s is a photographic eulogy for the first era of worldwide soccer obsession, documenting the lives of international legends -- Pelé, Franz Beckenbauer, Bobby Moore, Maradona, Johan Cruyff and more -- on and off the pitch. We spoke with Reuel Golden, the book's editor, about soccer's golden age.

Founders of Left Hand Brewing and Rogue Ales

30 Minutes With: Eric Wallace and Brett Joyce

We sit down with Eric Wallace of Left Hand Brewing and Brett Joyce of Rogue Ales to talk about brewing technology, stout glasses and Miley Cyrus.

5-time Kiteboarding World Champ

30 Minutes With: Aaron Hadlow

By the age of 20, professional kiteboarder Aaron Hadlow won the PKRA World Tour 5 times. Nobody was on his level -- but that was in 2008. Now the sport's most decorated athlete has returned. We talked to him about the future of kiteboarding and how he could’ve been balling next to Wayne Rooney.

British author and adventurer

30 Minutes With: Alastair Humphreys

Alastair Humphreys has bicycled around the world; embarked on polar expeditions; completed a self-supported, thousand-mile walk through the Empty Quarter Desert; rowed the Atlantic; crossed India coast-to-coast on foot and backpacked and packrafted across Iceland, among other expeditions. This is a man who knows a thing or two about adventure.

Chef and Co-owner of Joe Beef

30 Minutes With: David McMillan

Montreal has been good to the co-owner and co-chef of Joe Beef. But it’s the country that inspires him -- and in turn, inspires his restaurant, a relatively small place in Montreal’s Little Burgundy neighborhood that has, almost despite itself, become one of the city’s most celebrated dining spots. We recently sat down with McMillan to discuss all things Montreal, the importance of classic intentions, and drinking lots of Burgundy wine.

Burgeoning Seattle Chef and Restaurateur

30 Minutes With: Ethan Stowell

From catering obscurity to acclaimed chef, Seattle native Ethan Stowell is living his dream. As the chef and owner of nine Italian-inspired restaurants, a pizzeria, wine cellar and more, he's taking over this northwestern city.

CEO of the Volvo Ocean Race

30 Minutes With: Knut Frostad

How do you popularize an obscure sporting event that runs through the remotest oceans for three quarters of a year? That is Knut Frostad’s task as CEO of the Volvo Ocean Race, a round-the-world yachting competition that takes place every two years. We sat down with Frostad in Newport, Rhode Island, which will serve as a stopover in the upcoming race, to discuss its global appeal.

Cycling Advocate

30 Minutes With: Paul Steely White

Being a pedestrian or a cyclist in a city can be as harrowing as it is liberating. Nobody knows that better than Paul White, executive director of Transportation Alternatives, a New York City non-profit promoting cycling, walking and public transit.

Conversations over a straight razor

30 Minutes With: Tobias Olsen

We talk to Big T, a.k.a. Tobias Olsen, owner of the beloved Royal Barbershop in Stockholm, about life's second acts, what it takes to be an excellent barber, and how to care for your skin -- and yourself.

Pool Hopping in Sweden, 26 Times

Ö Till Ö

The Ö Till Ö run/swim race in Sweden is 46 miles long. That's an impressive distance -- especially when you consider that 6 miles are in the water and the remaining 40 miles take racers over the rocky terrain of 26 islands off the coast of Stockholm.

3 Interviews, 3 Days of Music

On the Scene: The Governors Ball Music Festival

Governors Ball is a three-day music festival in New York City that draws crowds of over 40,000 each day. The culture is defined by the musicians, which range from big name headliners to up-and-coming young talent. We spoke with three young musicians to see what festival life was like on the other side of the stage.

Founder of KelSo Beer Co. and Barrel-Aging Pioneer

30 Minutes With Kelly Taylor

We interview Kelly Taylor, owner and operator of KelSo Beer Co., who recently made beer history by becoming the first American brewer to age beer in Jameson's coveted whiskey barrels.

Striker on the U.S. Men's National Team

30 Minutes With: Jozy Altidore

We interview Jozy Altidore of the U.S. Men's National Soccer Team about philanthropy, the new U.S. head coach and his team of choice when playing FIFA.

Short Board to Stand Up

30 Minutes With: Slater Trout

We caught up with Slater Trout after he returned from Nicaragua, where he was competing with the U.S. team in the Stand Up Paddle Racing World Championships, to talk developing SUP as a national sport and being a force in the water.

Gravel Racing Pioneer

30 Minutes With: Rebecca Rusch

Rebecca Rusch quit her day job to pursue her love of competition. It worked out, and today she's a professional cyclist with sponsors like Red Bull and Specialized.

Menswear Influencer

30 Minutes With: Jeff Carvalho

First impressions go a long way in this world, and Jeff Carvalho knows it. The 39-year-old cofounder of the men's style and lifestyle site Selectism presents himself like a real-life version of Robert Downey Jr's Tony Stark: intelligent, well-dressed, confident. People listen when he talks. Or maybe they listen because he tells great stories. Or because he's the kind of guy that can go out for a night of karaoke and wind up sitting in Big Boi's living room.

Prolific actor, Director and producer

30 Minutes With: Griffin Dunne

Director, producer and actor Griffin Dunne (who starred the cult classics An American Werewolf in London and After Hours) talks with us about life, confidence and that time he wept on an airplane.

Israel's Most Important Hotelier

30 Minutes With: Leon Avigad

Rooftop showers, gratis Champagne and sunsets over Tel Aviv. Interested? Leon Avigad is the guy to know.

Long Distance Hiker Extraordinaire

30 Minutes With: Andrew Skurka

The summer before his senior year at Duke University, Andrew Skurka thru-hiked the Appalachian Trail, his first ever backpacking trip, alone and in only 95 days (that's 23 miles a day). He had caught the bug. He's since hiked 7,775 miles from Quebec to Washington and the Great Western Loop (6,875 miles) and has been named the 2005 "Person of the Year" by Backpacker Magazine and the 2007 "Adventurer of the Year" by National Geographic Adventure. We caught up with him to talk about success and failure on the trail.

Your average valedictorian Nascar champion

30 Minutes With: Brian Vickers

Racing since age eight, missing prom so he could suit up for the Nascar Nationwide series, winning Nascar's Busch series championship at the tender age of 20: Brian Vickers sounds like a man of one dimension. That would be a false assumption.

Neptune's grandson on his record-breaking undersea endeavor

30 Minutes With: Fabien Cousteau

We talk with Fabian Cousteau as he preps for Mission 31, an endeavor to live underwater in the Aquarius habitat for 31 days.

A Cheese Professional Talks Aging

Caveman Wisdom

If you walked into your place of employ and found mold colonies growing on your workspace, chances an alarm would sound: time to improve your hygiene. Not so for Brian Ralph. In his world, this is just another day at the office. This gives him a particular view of the world -- and you can learn a lot from a guy like him.

Producer and Director

30 Minutes With: Jim Wilson

Jim Wilson may not be a household name, but his resume speaks for itself. As the producer behind films like Dances with Wolves and The Bodyguard, he developed a reputation for making films whose cultural impacts belied their modest budgets. His upcoming film 50 to 1, which tells the story of 2009's unlikely Kentucky Derby winner Mine That Bird, is no exception. Jim carved out a window from a hectic promotional tour to talk about making this film a reality, working with his longtime friend Kevin Costner, and even his thoughts on Avatar.

Design Director at Easton-Bell Sports

30 Minutes With: Alex Valdman

When we think of influential people, we often default to Time 100 types -- Oprah, President Obama, Steve Jobs. But what about the guy making your bike commute more comfortable, creating fabrics and garments that can replace your typical urban attire with performance-oriented equivalents while keeping your crotch area breathable? This guy moves mountains in our world, and he's Alex Valdman, Design Director at Easton-Bell Sports. We caught up with him to talk about his work with Giro, his perfect last meal and his inspirations.

Part Craftsman, Part Caveman

30 Minutes With: Jimmy Carbonetti

Jimmy Carbonetti, Caveman band member and the proprietor of Carbonetti Guitars located on New York's Lower East Side, still has plenty of life to live before he churns out the next self-help best seller. But if a Carbonetti's Rules for Success ever does surface, the lessons should seem familiar: do what you love and find mentors. Getting both lined up didn't take long in his case. We caught up with the musician and luthier ahead of his next appearance in Austin to chat about everything from the origins of his "Cobra" nickname to his musical heroes and a few of his latest projects.

Founder of Restoration Hardware and Guideboat Co.

30 Minutes With: Stephen Gordon

Stephen Gordon: a man with a dog and a boat that he rows in lakes. That's really all it takes for us to like a guy, but Gordon has a story that obliges further explanation. The founder of Restoration Hardware practically created a new brand of retail by selling gift-like items only loosely related to fixtures and furniture. Inspired by his youth in the Adirondacks, Guideboat Co. makes handsome boats out of a 19th century lumber yard in Mill Valley, CA. We caught up with Gordon to talk about making stew, determination and peeing in the woods.

Founder of Schofield Watch Company

30 Minutes With: Giles Ellis

Giles Ellis is a man obsessed with details. Though his pet project, Schofield Watch Company, has won high praise from watch connoisseurs, Ellis is still wary of being pigeonholed. Quirky hard goods and a premium line of straps prove it: Schofield is an adventurous brand driven by design yet still rooted in the traditions of watchmaking and a distinctive British pride. So what makes the man behind it all tick?

Great Advice from a Dozen Great Women

The Valentine’s Day Journal

Confronted with two contradictory truths that nevertheless exist simultaneously -- Valentine's Day is a superficial Hallmark holiday, Valentine's Day requires decisive action on our part -- we fumble around and fuck things up. Knowing this, we came up with one very good idea: asking the women we trust what they think about love, romance and February’s big holiday. They’re bright, beautiful and successful. They’re sommeliers, teachers and racecar drivers. They’re editors, photographers and athletes. These are their insights.

World's Best Female Climber

30 Minutes With: Sasha DiGiulian

Sasha DiGiulian is the best female climber in the world. In 2012, she became the first American woman (and only the third woman of all time) to climb grade 5.14d, only three steps below where the scale tops out. She's graced the covers of 12 different magazines, received the Rubicon and Salewa Rock Legend awards and been sponsored by Adidas, Five Ten and Petzl, among others. The craziest part? She’s only 21. We caught up with the Columbia University undergraduate to talk about climbing, philosophy and piña coladas.

Director of Programming for the Sundance Film Festival

30 Minutes With: Trevor Groth

Trevor Groth first visited the Sundance Film Festival in 1989 at the age of 17. The experience changed his life, eventually leading him to a job as Director of Programming at Sundance, presiding over the strategic planning and selection process of the now-iconic film festival. Translation? He's paid to watch and discuss movies produced by the planet's most talented filmmakers and then picks which movies the world should definitely see. We caught up him in the middle of the 2013 festival to pick his brain about his process, how to experience the festival right and the state of the indie film scene at large.

Celebrity chef, restaurateur, knife enthusiast

30 Minutes With: Hugh Acheson

Hugh Acheson is a familiar face by now, with plenty of magazine appearances after his Food & Wine Best New Chef award and a recurring role as a judge on Top Chef. But it's the Ottawa-born chef's enthusiasm for Southern cuisine that has buoyed his reputation. He lives in the South with his wife and kids. His three restaurants in Georgia, along with his cookbook, A New Turn in the South: Southern Flavors Reinvented for Your Kitchen, have earned him James Beard Foundation awards as a chef and as an author. We caught up with him to talk about scrambled eggs, opening restaurants, the things that piss him off, and what piques him about the land below of the Mason-Dixon line.

Racing Prodigy, Porsche test driver

30 Minutes With: Patrick Long

Most sixteen-year-olds spend their time learning how to parallel park and struggling with acne. Just after his sweet sixteen, Patrick Long moved to Europe to work on racing strategy and focus on becoming one of America's best drivers. It worked. He's since become the youngest American to take class victories at the 24 Hours of Le Mans, 24 Hours of Daytona, 12 Hours of Sebring and Petit Le Mans -- all while performing as Porsche's go-to driver for testing new cars. We grabbed a few minutes with the Southern Californian -- now 32 years old -- between his surf sessions and race day.

Cyclocross National Champion

30 Minutes With: Jeremy Powers

Beats, turntables, peanut butter and extreme conviction have helped fuel Rapha-Focus cyclocross pro Jeremy Powers to a national championship. Through his web video franchise "Behind THE Barriers TV", Powers has also sought the broader goal of elevating the profile of his sport. In a cycling epoch besmirched by the failings of a Texan colossus, the adept DJ and former ice cream truck driver continues to inspire his countrymen. We caught up with Powers to talk about his sport, Belgian beer and finding inspiration.