Liquid Salt’s Best Surf Interviews

by brian lam

When Glenn Sakamoto sent me a note saying that he liked Mark’s Matt Warshaw interview, I smiled for at least a few minutes. Glenn is a designer by trade, but his water project is Liquid Salt, a compendium of the philosophies, stories and perspectives of the world’s most notable surf legends. He is a gifted interviewer. His site should be made into a book. I had one question for him: Who gave you your favorite interviews? These were the names he gave me:

Don­ald Takayama is a leg­endary surfer/shaper born in Hawaii. After work­ing with Dale Velzy at the age of 11, Don­ald quickly became a world-renowned shaper as well as a top ranked surf­ing com­peti­tor. Over the last six decades, he has men­tored such surf­ing greats as David Nuuhiwa, Joel Tudor, and Kas­sia Meador.


Doc Paskowitz has been surf­ing for a very long time. And in that time he has learned what it means to be a man, how to have a good rela­tion­ships, and surf with Aloha. In this issue, he shares with us his deep wis­dom and love for the ocean.


Paul Strauch is a Hawaiian-born surfer who is best known for his Cheater Five and smooth, grace­ful style both in and out of the water. Now based in Cal­i­for­nia, Paul shares with us his phi­los­o­phy and how impor­tant it is to surf through life with aloha, no mat­ter the con­di­tions.


Hawaiian-born surfer Gerry Lopez needs no intro­duc­tion. One of the pio­neers of The Pipeline, his smooth and grace­ful rid­ing in con­trast with the pow­er­ful wave has made him an icon. Later, his trav­els to exotic places like G-Land fur­ther rein­forced his leg­endary sta­tus.

*photos by Glenn Sakamoto, Art Brewer, John Sev­er­son, Jeff Divine, with intros to watermen from Liquid Salt. Liquid Salt on Facebook*

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