Interviews

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.

Pioneering Made-in-America Watchmaker

30 Minutes With: Michael Kobold

Stories follow Michael Kobold everywhere. The founder of Kobold Watches, which declares that its watches are "conceived, designed, assembled and tested in USA from domestic and imported components", has turned his immodest passion for timepieces into a successful business and made relationships with great men -- Ranulph Fiennes, Gerd-Ruediger Lang, the late James Gandolfini -- along the way. We were lucky enough to catch up with him recently to hear some tales and catch up on his blooming horological business.

Lifelong surf legend

30 Minutes With: Robert August

If you’re looking for a lesson in the good life, look no further than Robert August. At 18 he starred in The Endless Summer, the first great surfing film, taking him on a seven-month world tour of uncharted breaks. The rest, as they say, is history. August went on to launch an eponymous line of surfboards, which he still shapes today. We caught up with him at Witch’s Rock Surf Camp in Tamarindo, Costa Rica, to talk about parenting, lamb chops and the difference between monkeys and people.

19-year-old arctic explorer

30 Minutes With: Parker Liautaud

On December 3, Parker Liautaud and decorated polar guide Douglas Stoup will depart from the Ross Ice Shelf in Antarctica on a 397-mile journey to the South Pole -- an adventure that, if successful, will make Liautaud the youngest and fastest man to trek from coast-to-pole. Not bad for a 19-year-old college sophomore. We caught up with Parker to talk about the expedition, climate change and how to eat 6,000 calories in a day.

Going the distance, going for speed

30 Minutes With: Michael Wardian

It’s hard to imagine a more accomplished and well-rounded distance runner than Michael Wardian. In 1996 he ran the Marine Corps Marathon, his first, in a swift 3:08. The rest is in the annals of history: more than 150 marathons and more than 60 ultras; more than 30 marathon wins; three-time US Olympics Trails qualifier...it goes on. We caught up with him for a workout and a chat about chivalry, apple pie and running really far.

Founder of Ponzi Vineyards

30 Minutes With: Richard Ponzi

Dick Ponzi founded Ponzi Vineyards in 1970 and has been a key figure in making Willamette Valley pinot noir renowned worldwide. Along the way, he started Oregon’s oldest microbrewery, Bridgeport Brewing Company, in 1984. Now, he and his wife Nancy are poised to join artisan chocolate “bean to bar” movement. Gear Patrol wanted to know: How does one man establish such a presence and influence on the appetites of foodies?

Fence, Swim, Jump, Shoot and Run

30 Minutes With: Justin Torrellas

Think that vegans don't get the protein needed to really compete? Think again. Justin Torrellas, a raw vegan athlete, spent the past year at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, CO, training for the 2016 Olympics in the modern pentathlon. We caught up with the former bassoonist to talk about children's books, positivity, and the value of short shorts.

Jack of all wheeled trades

30 Minutes With: Tanner Foust

He's been a stunt car driver for Iron Man 2. He's the all-time medal winner (nine total) in RallyCross at the X Games. He won the Global RallyCross Championship. He's got a degree in molecular biology. Tanner Foust is clearly a well-rounded individual -- and he's not all go go go. He's also the co-host of the American version of Top Gear on the History Channel, now in its fourth season. How he finds the time to thrash the track, co-host a TV show and bone up on human physiology is beyond us, but we were able to spend a few minutes with Foust to talk about his upcoming projects and what gets him going.

Late-blooming triathlon athlete

30 Minutes With: Chris Lieto

In 1997, Chris Lieto saw the Hawaii Ironman Triathlon World Championship on TV and decided to start training. Three years later, he became a professional triathlete. We caught up with the one-time mortgage broker to talk about technology, charity, and eating a healthy diet.

Minimalist Ultra-Marathoner

30 Minutes With: Anton Krupicka

At age 12, Anton Krupicka ran his first marathon. He's been running ever since. We caught up with the minimalist ultra-marathoner to talk sweet potatoes, Don DeLillo, and his degree in Physics.

Leading chef at Clyde Common

30 Minutes With: Chris Diminno

Growing up in the suburbs of New York City in a large Italian family, Chris Diminno learned the importance of food pretty quickly. After honing his resume and skills at several fine establishments, Diminno moved to Portland -- where ever since he's been a lead chef at the extremely popular Euro-style gastropub Clyde Common. We chat with Diminno about Twinkies, the farm-to-table movement, bicycles and people who Instagram their food.

Two-time overall UCI World Cup downhill champion

30 Minutes With: Aaron Gwin

While his contemporaries were putting on puppet shows and learning to play catch, Aaron Gwin was racing BMX in national competitions. He was eight. Today, Gwin is a two-time overall UCI World Cup downhill champion and the first American to win the Downhill World Cup Overall. We caught up with the "Fastest Man in Downhill" to talk ice cream, God and America's best trails.

Head of Men's Design at J.Crew

30 Minutes With: Frank Muytjens

Sometimes an outsider's perspective is just what's needed to achieve unique excellence. Frank Muytjens is the Holland-born head of men's design at J.Crew, a proudly American company. Muytjens, who's been perhaps the driving factor at the brand since he joined in 2008, finds his ideas nearly everywhere. We recently had the chance to chat with him and learned about what he brings to the staple brand, how he refreshes beloved classics, and his penchant for odd numbers.

Three million miles and counting

30 Minutes With: Irv Gordon

Irv Gordon looks young for his age. If you were to divide the almost three million miles he's driven in his 1966 Volvo P1800 by the national average of miles driven per year, he would be 220 years old. Gordon took a few minutes to tell us about his pastrami-driven last meal on earth, his certification as a shotgun instructor and why his next car might be an Aston Martin.

The Zinn master

30 Minutes With: Lennard Zinn

When it comes to household names in cycling, there's Lance Armstrong and...who else? We'll make the case for Lennard Zinn, whose bike maintenance books -- among them, the best-selling Zinn & The Art of Road Bike Maintenance -- have prime real estate on the shelves of anyone who knows a bottom bracket from a Krispy Kreme. Zinn is a former member of the U.S. national racing team, a technical writer for VeloNews.com and owner of Zinn Cycles in Boulder, CO, where he also designs and builds custom bikes. His college thesis? Building a bike. We caught up with Zinn to talk about what to look for when buying a bike, prepping for cyclocross season and not stressing out.

It started with a photo

30 Minutes With: Chase Jarvis

Ask any photographer to pencil a list of dream clients and it might look something like this: Nike, Apple, Microsoft, Columbia Sportswear, REI, Subaru, Polaroid, Lady Gaga and Red Bull. With notches in his grip for all of those and more, Chase Jarvis has one hell of a career trajectory. Oh, and he’s the youngest person to be named Hasselblad Master. We took a few moments to talk to Chase about his next project and what makes him tick.

Off-road legend

30 Minutes With: Rob MacCachren

In 2011 Rob MacCachren was inducted into the Off-Road Motorsports Hall of Fame. You don't get that honor just by doing doughnuts in the Walmart parking lot. We caught up with him on one of those rare occasions when he's not behind the wheel of a 700+ horsepower truck to chat about his outstanding career and his plans for the future.