INTERVIEW / Noah Lane
IRELAND / AUS / SLAB / RAIN / BACKWASH / INTO THE WILD...
Noah is my teammate in Globe and Deflow. Beyond this, He is also a good guy and a pretty inspirational person.
Maybe you identify his name 'cause of his rad edits in huge slabs but now... It's time your knowledge trascends_
IRLANDA / AUS / SLAB / LLUVIA / BACKWASH / CARISMA...
Noah es mi compañero de equipo en Globe y Deflow. Pero por encima de eso, es un tío agradable, educado y muy inspirador.
Probablemente su nombre ya os suene a raíz de un montón de vídeos plagados de olas jartas. No obstante, queríamos ir un poco más allá y profundizar en su visión del surf y una filosofía personal que merece ser escuchada.
Palmeritas y cocos... Ambos abundan en los Instagrams mas súper surfers del momento, no obstante hay pocos (cocos) con un contenido tan rico como el que os presentamos aquí, así que espero que hagáis el esfuerzo de leer la entrevista en inglés_
Well Noah, first of all... You're a Gold Coast native but there is a moment when you decide to move to Ireland. What's the reason of that extreme change? You crazy?? Sun and warm water Vs rain and a frozen sea...
Well originally I grew up in a town called Rainbow Beach which is actually even further north than the Gold Coast. I suppose on paper it looks like a very immediate move, but in reality I was living in Cornwall for a short time before Ireland and had been travelling around Europe for about 12 months beforehand so I had a bit of time to acclimatise.
It's always epic to watch some stuff from Ireland! But the reality is quite different. I've been in your island some years ago and the day by day is pretty hard. Talk us about your daily routine!
Well I injured my knee in April so surfing hasn’t been much a part of my routine for the last 6 weeks and probably won’t be for another few months yet. But generally surfing is a very all-consuming experience here. Particularly in the winter. What I’m getting at is that it’s very hard to just nip out for a quick wave and get the best conditions. The variables are very extreme and it requires a lot of time and dedication to be in the right place at the right time..
...Talking about your personal point of view, You're a wild cat! This is the vibe you transmit through your clips & lifestyle. Why you feel so comfortable into the wild?
I’m not sure I’m much of a wildcat but I like to be outdoors. Surfing is a great excuse to do that during those colder months. And it’s not just the act of riding waves but the whole process from the moment you leave the house. It’s a great excuse to be outside on days when you otherwise wouldn’t.
Both of us have visited Azores Islands too! :) I really loved the landscape and the atmosphere of the entire island (Sao Miguel). What's your opinion about this place?
I was in the Azores with Finisterre last year and it was a pretty magical place. We had a few days on Teceira then a bit longer on Sao Jorge. It was really untouched and felt like you really were in the middle of the ocean (which you are). There was only one other guy that we surfed with in the small faja where we stayed and he has since come and visited me here in Ireland. It’s great the connections you make through the ocean.
... And Namibia! Tell us about the mythical Eskeleton experience!
It was nothing short of a dream come true. I grew up on a miniature right hand version of that wave that only worked once in a blue moon but I remember thinking when I was a kid how cool it would be to ride a similar wave at size on my frontside. Greedy but true. There were so many highs and lows. The wave was incredible but on the second day one of the guys staying in the same place as us fractured his neck. I was so close to him and the wave looked so inconsequential that it was really shocking to see how easily it could happen. I think it was one Eli Olson that first grabbed him and he definitely saved his life. Thankfully he made it back to Cape Two and the last I heard he was recovering okay.
That vision of surf as a demanding art in communion with nature is so far away from wave pools and olympicis. What do you think about that mainstream anti-essence which is storming surf nowadays?
I think surfing is so unique in that sense and I wouldn’t say that any of it is bad. It’s just a different version of the same thing that we all love. And some people will find aspects of competitive surfing, or wave pools or the ocean they prefer but thats not to say any are better or worse. I read a great quote from Tom Curren the other day regarding the wave pool debate. It read: “Do you prefer peaches or peaches from a can? I prefer fresh peaches from southern France but if those aren’t available canned peaches with heavy syrup will do.”
It seems all that changes are turning young surfers into robotic machines: same style, same goals, same way to feel the sport... Is the old profile of free surfer as a creative and individual charisma endangered?
The professionalisation of the competitive sector has definitely sharpened the “athlete” aspect of surfing. I guess when you try to objectify a very subjective “sport” you’re bound to homogenise what you see, as the athletes strive to perform to that criteria. As I mentioned before, it’s still just one aspect of surfing and there are plenty of people doing very different things outside that arena. I suppose as far as making a living from it, then yeah diversity in paid professional surfers might be endangered but that’s only very small percentage; those that are marketed with a sticker on their nose. There are plenty of guys and gals doing incredible stuff away from any spotlight purely for the love. I think the Irish boogs are a fantastic example of that. .
About a personal way... You've got a rad project named 'Backwash' which fights to give life to the paper trough insane photos and beautiful texts.
Talk us about its origins, influences, future goals...
Backwash was started as a passion project with a group of friends that wanted to see something different to what was currently offered. It’s a story focused collection of surfing as we see it with a focus on quality. We plant a tree for every issue sold. I play a small role but it’s been great learning bits a pieces from the other guys and working together with friends on something that means a lot to all of us.
Definitely, it's pretty inspirational to find people who create its own stuff and appreciate those little details...
Based on your experience, what's the difference between the online content in relation to a printed one? Papper is physical, well-prepared, eternal... I guess it deserves the most refined things.
Our focus is on the printed magazine and that is definitely the pinnacle of what Backwash is. We definitely don’t make any money and we put a lot of time and effort into it but it feels nice to have something physical to hold at the end, sitting in houses all over the place that might be there for a long time. That being said, much of my role revolves around the online presence so I guess you can’t get away from it. I don’t claim to do it well but you simply can’t succeed or remain viable without some online presence.
We're also teammates in Globe and Deflow and you're a part of Finisterre family too. All your sponsors look coherent and share a same line. Do you like to be a part of brands who represent your ideas or this is just a coincidence? What's your role in that brands?
I like the idea that they’re doing something that inspires others and that Im in some small way involved in that. Whether it be from ocean conservation to getting kids outside and active. They’re people Ive built a relationship with and appreciate and believe in what they’re doing and their products.
Idea, essence, philosophy... Backwash, road666... Things made with love which demand time to be valued in the middle of a rush world.
Do we have a place? Do we have some future? Does anybody care?
I hope so. Everything matters and then nothing really matters.