Cy Rant: Interview the Interviewer – Glenn Sakamoto

We’re pushing off for our Stoked and Broke staycation today and I haven’t had much time or energy to rant about anything this week. But I did do an interview with Liquid Salt, a cool online surf interview website by Glenn Sakamoto. After being interviewed via email, I started to wonder who Glenn was and what inspired him to ask surfers questions in his spare time.

Below is an interview with the interviewer:

Describe your relationship with the ocean, where do you surf and what boards do you like to ride?

When I was a kid, I spent all of my summers down at the beach, boogie boarding or body surfing. Back then I spent more time riding my skateboard than surfing, but I always rode like I was on a wave. Today, surfing in the ocean clears my head and nourishes my soul. I prefer a gentle peeler over a pounding beach break, so I surf places like San-O and the PV Cove. My favorite board is a 9’4 Bing Lovebird. It seems to handle pretty much anything.

What inspired you to start Liquid Salt?

Surfing is such a profound experience that I wanted to share it with others. Also I am very curious about what other people think and how they see the world. It just seemed natural to be able to merge the two.

Is this your full-time job or do you do other work as well?

It feels like a full time job. I spend an incredible number of hours being the web developer, designer, interviewer, photo editor, and basically the curator for Liquid Salt. My day job is as a brand identity designer and strategist. I blend brand strategy with my background in design. My work includes identities, advertising, and packaging.

What is your process in deciding who to interview?

They have to be somewhat well known or established. Having a hidden talent like painting or photography is a plus. They must be interesting, and quite frankly I have to like what they are doing.

For someone coming to the site for the first time, which interviews would you recommend?

Doc Paskowitz, Paul Strauch, and Gerry Lopez. These individuals truly embody the “aloha” spirit. Even if you didn’t surf you could relate to the strong connection these people have with the ocean.

What is your (opinion) of surf culture today?

Surfing today is a unique culture that blends art, spirituality, nature, intelligence, athleticism and grace. All of this transforms into something that goes beyond sport and into a different realm. It’s very exciting.

Where do you think its headed?

It’s the young people like you and Dave at Almond who are taking surf culture to the next level. A combination of craft and aesthetics that will keep surfing true to the art form that it is.

www.liquidsaltmag.com

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