Jamie O’Brien-Post Volcom Pipeline Pro Interview

4 02 2010


Tell me about that quarterfinal heat. That was a good one.
Definitely. The heat with John John, Bruce (Irons) and Marcus (Hickman) was probably the hardest heat I’ve ever had at Pipeline. I was really nervous coming into it, but at the same time I wasn’t trying to think too much about it because I figured everybody else was pretty nervous too. It was kind of funny. I paddled out and Bruce was like “Oh you’re in my heat?” And then he sees John John and says “you too; and then he looks over at Marcus and says, “AND you? Damn!” 

What about the final?
It was two Australians and two Hawaiians. Myself and (Danny) Fuller. Mark Mathews and Anthony Walsh. It was cool because there were really good rights and lefts. At first everyone wanted the lefts and Mark wanted rights. So me and Mark kept almost colliding at the top, but I got lucky and got a couple really good waves and it worked in my favor. It was a fun final. It was a bit long. I got nervous. 

You got nervous at the end?

Then Mark got the nine.
Yeah, Mark got the 9.7 and it was funny because I paddled for that wave and I didn’t really look right, started paddling and I looked back. Last second I said, “I’m going no matter what. I’m in the spot. If he dogs me he dogs me.” I got a pretty good wave. I was really stoked. When I paddled back out I didn’t even know Mark went right. After they announced the 9.7, I was like “damn I better sit on Mark.” I got an 8.7. Then it got more inconsistent throughout the morning. So it worked out for me. 

Did you actually regret getting that score you needed in the final knowing full well you’d have to go to the beach and do about 20 interviews and not get to freesurf after?
(Laughs) Actually the waves were good and I wanted to stay out there. And I saw all the boys paddling out. After my wish for (the ocean) to go flat with 8 minutes left in the final it became a reality. Ten minutes after my heat was over it was still flat. (laughs) So it was kind of funny. 

How did you prepare for the final day? I imagine you did some yoga and downed a few protein shakes?
(Trying to hold back laughter) Actually when I’m in contest I get nervous so I don’t eat too much. I just fill myself with liquid…I was drinking water and Red Bulls all morning. 

I was kind of surprised you skipped the six star in Brazil?
I wasn’t even entered. 

But it was a six star. What about the points?
I was talking to a friend because Hang Loose sponsored that contest and my friend who rides for them said “come down I’ll get you into the event.” And I said, “nah, I’m good. I just wanted to stay at home in Hawaii and work on my movie. Just chill in Hawaii.” 

I’m looking at the ASP rankings and they have you 48th place in the one-tier rankings.
I’m coming in. 

But the ASP fined you?
Yeah, I got fined. I burnt the rulebook and they fined me. Whatever. It’s OK. It was kind of funny because during the contest they were like “you know you owe us money.” Every time I checked in for a heat they’d be like “there’s money on the side.” These guys were really trying to put the pressure on me. (Jamie was shown burning the ASP rule book in the trailer to his movie.)

Like the IRS?
Yeah, pretty much like the IRS. They were just waiting to tax me, but it worked out well. I burned the rulebook. It cost me. I was stoked to win the event and pay them back and get on my way. 

You board looked one sticker light?
It’s actually a couple of stickers light (Jamie is no longer riding for Rusty clothing). Red Bull stepped up. They wanted to back my movie making choices and help me in that direction. And that’s the direction I wanted to go. I wasn’t getting too much backing from some of the other companies for my movie, so I put my head down and went with Red Bull. They’re great people. A great company. There’s nothing better than riding for Red Bull. 

Are you looking for a lighter sponsor now?
A what? 

A lighter sponsor. Like Zippo or Bic.
(Laughs) Well, there’s definitely some interesting stuff going on. Right now Red Bull has my back and we’re open to offers. It couldn’t happen at a better time. 

This is your fifth win at Pipe, right?
My fifth win and my third time winning this event, so I was pretty stoked. I’m trying to rack up the wins at Pipe. That’s my goal in life. 

To win contests at Pipe and free surf?
Yep, exactly. 

If they held the whole tour at Pipe would you be world champ?

You don’t have trouble getting waves at Pipe but it still must be nice having only three other guys out?
It’s nice to have three guys out but when the level that high in your heat it’s probably harder to catch waves, because everyone wants that same wave. And it’s a contest so you can dog your friend. In a free surf you aren’t going to want to dog your friend. You know what I mean? Your friend can say “it’s a contest” and you have to kind of agree with him (lowers voice) “I guess so damn it, but I kind of hate you right now. I ain’t gonna lie.” 

It’s no secret you’re mainly a freesurfer and don’t do many contests. There’s a lot of guys who are really good surfers but can’t surf contests. That’s not the case with you.
I know I’m a competitor deep down inside, but I don’t like being at one place in the world when the waves are better somewhere else. I want to be where the waves are the best. During this event I saw that a good swell was hitting Bali and I was freaking out. Saying I got to get to Bali. But it just didn’t fit my window. It just so happens that every time there’s a surf contest the waves are 30 million times better somewhere else across the world. 

How’s the movie (Who is J.O.B.) coming along?
The movie is coming along really well. We have everything together. We have some final stuff to run through on the film. We going to be filming from now until mid-April and we’ll be doing a huge premiere in L.A., a big celebrity party. So it should be pretty crazy. It should blow up. It will be all done in May and we’ll start a new project straight after that. I’m going to try to go do something new and different after this. 

You play a big role on the editing process don’t you?
I like to be a big part of the editing. I used to do it, but I found a really good editor. He’s really good with the filming too…which is Dayten. I’ve also been working with my friend Rueben. It’s always nice to help your friend out. I’ve been working with Vincent Laforet. We have a really good team. It should come out really good. Red Bull is backing us 10 million percent. They’re telling me they are going to blow it up even harder than Travis Rice’s (snowboard) film. I’m ready. I want to see it. This is my dream. This is my world title…making a movie. 

Note: The preceding interview first appeared on Surfline.com





The Roundup: Literary Legends Edition

29 01 2010

Two classic books. Rest in peace J.D. and Howard.

The Roundup is a compilation of recommended clicks this week in the world of surfing and beyond. If you have any suggestions, links, tips or want to donate product to support a hungry blogger email me at nugable@gmail.com. I take gov’ment cheese and American Express. 

“That was the biggest thing I’ve seen anyone paddle into, ever.” – Nathan Fletcher on Sion Milosky’s bomb. Daniel Russo was there.

Why don’t we get drunk and blog? “All these Top 44 sickos do mad shit that is kept behind the scenes and it shouldn’t be.” Dion Agius tells it like it is.

Bruce Irons is going to surf the Snapper contest and he might just be my hero after reading this Charlie Smith profile. Excerpt: “Bells? It’s a fucking novelty wave that was ok back in the ’70s on those shitty boards.”
(Stab Magazine

A fantastic interview with a true legend of surfing…David Nuuhiwa.
(Liquid Salt

Remember when Tracks Magazine had balls? Kirk Owers thinks 2010 will be the best ASP World Tour ever. After last year it couldn’t be any worse.

Kelly Slaters’s newest board design is inspired by racing boats?
(Surfer’s Village

Does this look like wild parsley to you? 
(Sanford and Son)

The Roundup: Smoking Soup Edition

13 11 2009

Smoking Soup

The Roundup is a compilation of recommended clicks this week in the world of surfing. If you have any suggestions, links, tips or just want to call me an asshole, email me at nugable@gmail.com

The Vans Triple Crown kicked off yesterday at Haleiwa. (VTCOS)

The real reason Bruce Irons quit the tour? Golf. Irons is a fantastic golfer’s name isn’t it? (Golf Digest)

If you play Dark Side of the Moon while watching The Wizard of Oz you will see God.  If you play the Easy Rider soundtrack while watching The Drifter you will see Machado. (Poor Specimen)

Slater, Julian, Flores, Dane. You will like. It may be a Quiksilver advertorial, but it is good. (976 Surf Surfline)

After a much-publicized battle with drugs, Darryl “Flea” Virostko is back where he belongs… Mavericks. (San Francisco Gate)

South African surf mag Zig Zag ordered by court to pay 10,000 Rand for publishing a “seemingly provocative bikini pose” of a 12 year old. (IOL)

The 4th Annual World Skin Cancer Foundation Slater Brothers Invitational. (Eastern Surf)

The Surfer’s Journal is now boasting a new and content-rich site. Have a look around and register for access to subscriber-only content for the next 60 days. (Surfer’s Journal)

Cocaine, spices and hormones found in drinking water. I am scared to think what would be found in the water at my home break. (National Geographic)

Which surfing youngster has a shot at Kelly’s reign? None of them. (Demon Factory)