Cuter than a tulip, who doesn't love the almost-thirty year old Costa Mesa shredder?
Alex Knost is a surfer who has hacked his own pathway out of the cultural jungle. A little bit sixties, some seventies, all 2000s. A retro-futurist-modernist cupcake who loves surf! Let’s rap!
When did you first realise that surfing was going to dominate your life?
KNOST: I think the first time it happened was when I was too young to remember. When I was around 21, I was going really hard experimenting with all of life’s “various perceptions”. Looking back now, I realise that nothing can keep me from surfing, no party, no drug, no amount of beer, no girl, no band, because I’m obsessed with surfing, the feeling, the culture, the history… everything.
When did you know you were going to be a good surfer?
Oh, I still suck.
In what way does surfing change the way you see the world?
Surfing is such a simplistic pleasure that devours pre-conceptions of anything else being important. Surfing helps to free yourself into a world where breakfast doesn’t matter nor does personal hygiene or parking tickets or hangovers or magazine interview deadlines.
Who do hold as the absolute best surfer in the world at this moment?
That’s hard! I really like Ryan Burch and Ellis Ericson, but Dane Reynolds and John John blow my mind.
What’s the worst session you’ve had?
At least once a week, lastly in Hossegor, France, after the contest – mega crowd, three closeouts, four pearls and I broke my favourite board.
What’s the best session you’ve had?
What is your favourite board?
I made a 7’1″, thinned-out-sorta-Terry-Fitz-type wing-pin with low rocker. I rode it in Bali a few months back. It had a thin tail that was nice, wedge foil, and plenty of flat surface for trimming.
What is your most treasured board?
The last board I shaped or a really epic longboard Dane Peterson shaped, kind of a “Magic Sam” shape (Magic Sam was the board Nat Young rode in the 1966 world titles and regarded as the stepping stone tween longboards and short boards.)
“Looking back now, I realise that nothing can keep me from surfing, no party, no drug, no amount of beer, no girl, no band, because I’m obsessed with surfing, the feeling, the culture, the history… everything.” Alex Knost
What’s the quality you like most in other surfers?
Some surfers go crazy! If fully obsessed, all those can communicate on some awesome astral plane of insanity.
What do you dislike about surfers?
What talent do you wish you had as a surfer?
Oh, too many to list!
Has your perception of surfing changed over the years?
Yeah, for sure. The longer you surf, the more waves you ride, the more surfers you meet and that helps to widen your perception and the amount of respect toward everything.
Why are friendships between surfers stronger?
People pretend they aren’t but deep down there’s a brotherhood, or sister hood, a family.