Couple quick questions with The Godfather of aerial surfing
Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 3 February, 2015 - While the surf industry expands its backing of anti-establishment free surfers like Chippa Wilson, Creed McTaggart, Craig Anderson & Dane Reynolds, we must remember that this wasn’t always the case. Especially 25 years ago when the world met Christian Fletcher.
The late ’80s and early ‘90s were Christian Fletcher’s. He won the 1989 Body Glove Surf Bout at Lowers, scored magazine covers with his innovative airs and had miles of video tape etched with his lanky style. It seemed the world was ready to embrace skate-inspired surfing. But then it didn’t.
Whether it was Christian’s self-destructive path, his embracing death-metal at a time when everyone was bro-ing out to Pearl Jam or just the simple ugliness caused by a world of imitators trying chop hops and double-grab airs, we don’t know. We didn’t see a whole lot of him after the mid ‘90s. Why?
Was Christian too rebellious and troublesome even for an industry built on rebellion?
One camp says we are a product of our environment, the other says we are genetically predisposed to our chosen path of behavior. Few pundits side entirely one way or the other which is why we hear the tired mantra that “a combination of genetic and environmental factors” shape who we become.
So what went down to has shape Christian Fletcher into the genius and cultural oddity that he has become? He’s worlds apart from the current crop of nice-guy free surfers, yet he’s paved the way so Ando could collect paychecks. Unfortunately we couldn’t sit down with him long enough to really find out.
His answers to our set of questions came back brief with lots of exclamation points. Read on and you can read into his answers what you will. Sometimes the best details about a person are the ones not told during the conversation.
We asked Christian "How would you describe what you do for work to a very small, inattentive child?" His answer is the below photo he sent us
What is that you do professionally that you are most proud of?
"I put smiles on peoples faces"
Tell us what has been your biggest mistake?
"I would like to think of them as experience, but probably trusting people I thought were my friends"
What did you learn from that mistake?
Is there something going on in the world that makes you scratch your head and think: “But this is soooo important! Don’t they get it?”
"Yes if people would worry half as much about themselves as they do about other people the world would be a much better place!!!"
Share with us your biggest Rocky Balboa punching-meat-in-a-freezer-then-running-up-the-stairs moment.
"Well I started surfing at a very young age. I surfed in my first contest at 5 years old - the San Onofre Surf Club Annual Contest"
OK, you get to drop into five moments in history – surf or otherwise. Please name them and why.
"Most of my life I have had to deal with a bunch of bullshit and people always told me it was because I was ahead of my time, so I decided that I don't ever want to fuck with Father Time. I would rather just go on living in the moment. Life can be great so I just want to try and enjoy it, stay positive and surf more good waves!!!!!!! See you in the water"