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Jianca Lazarus
1. Where were you born, and what year?
South Africa, 1979

2. Where do you live now and what is it like?
Brooklyn, NYC... I love NYC in the summer, people everywhere
cruising the streets, riding around on your bike, party waving it down the line in the water at the beach. Blazing heat, running in and out of stores to grab a little AC. Sleep on the roof coz the loft is too hot, but it's cool coz the last thing you see before you close your eyes is the city skyline from Manhattan. In the winter I leave, i can"t handle the cold.

3. When & where did you start surfing & who influenced you to do so?
I saw surfing for the 1st time when i was 12 at the Gunston 500 in Durban, i knew one day that is what i will do. Lived paging through magazines till i was 16 when i moved to closer to the ocean. No one in my family surfs.

4. What was your first board?
T & C 6'0, bought it for 200 rand off my friend when i was 16,
which is maybe $29.

5. Who do you admire most in all of surfing?
There are so many people i admire most, Rob Machado is definitely one of them, Pancho Sullivan, i have no idea why, but i am completely drawn to the way he surfs. I always want him to win when i see him surf at contests. Thomas Campbell, Richard Avedon

6. What are some of your favorites? ( color, food, drink, book, movie, musician, artist)
There are so many favorite things in my life, and it changes
everyday. Today is pomegranet day... so good.... music, Rodriguez (Cold Fact) is the man, and pretty much anything i can run to.  Movies, Jeux D'Enfants, Sprout. Colour, Royal Electric Blue . Colour in general is my favorite, what inspires me to shoot photographs.

7. What's your most memorable surfing moment to this day in your life.
There are days where i am just cruising on my longboard and it's
maybe knee high, and i am by myself, and i feel like the energizer
bunny, paddle surf, paddle back to the line up and instantly paddle for another, and that just goes on for hours... Then there are the days like when i was just in El Salvador, was surfing with my friend Luc, & Dave. It was maybe ... definately way over head, this huge set comes pulsing through and i paddle for this insane wave, i don:t know what i was thinking, finally i end up hesitating and i hear from luc, Vaya, vaya, which means go in spanish. I just dropped in backside going left, the wall was solid and held up so perfectly, i pulled in really tight , grabbing my rail Jianca Stylee, it just formed so perfectly over and around me. I found a little door and pulled out, rode the white water to the stairs of my friends house. You know when your body feels like it's going to explode from the insanity you just recieved.... yeah!

8. What is one of your most proud moments and why?
One of my most proudest moments in my life is getting my green card without having to get married, it took me 7 years, but i got it! It was one of the hardest things for me in my life so far.

9. What are the goals you are still working toward?
Goals that i am working towards, is to shoot photographs and that is all i do for work, surf, eat good food, love unconditionally, and\ just be the best person i can be.

10. What do you want more than anything out of your love for surfing?
Honestly surfing gives me everything that i could ask for, it
connects me with reality, it connects me with people, love, passion, drive, and that is all i could want from surfing, so i can"t ask for anything!