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1. Where were you born, and what year?
New Brunswick, NJ
1972

2. Where do you live now and what is it like?
Rockaway Beach, NY
Well it aint Hawaii.

3. When & where did you start surfing & who influenced you to do so?
I started surfing at the age of 12. My friend’s father had a surfboard in his house, and one day we just decided to take it out. I think we shared it for about a year before I secured my own. I don ’t ever remember being that interested in surfing before I tried it.  

4. What was your first board?
A red Hobie twin fin. I think it was about 6’5”. I surfed it until one of the fins snapped off, surfed it for a week or so on one fin, and then finally moved on to something else after the last fin popped off.

5. Who do you admire most in all of surfing?
As a kid it was the guys at my local break that I admired and sought to emulate. As I ’ve gotten older I’ve gained a great admiration for the old farts that are still at it.  I hope I’ll be able to surf well into old age.  I also love watch the new guys on tour mixing power with creativity.

6. What are some of your favorites? (color, food, drink, book, movie, musician, artist)
My favorite living author is Cormac McCarthy.  Siddhartha by Herman Hesse is the book I’ve read the most times for whatever that’s worth.  

I grew up an indie rock nerd so that’s what I listen to mostly.  

Nothing beats a marinara slice from Elegante’s after a long session.

Color: beige

7. What's your most memorable surfing moment to this day in your life.
Getting chased around the line up by a seriously mean local at Jacksonville Beach Pier in Florida where I grew up.  Good thing I was faster than him.

8. What is one of your most proud moments and why?
-Moving to New York on my own and pulling it off
-Recording more than 10 albums  
-Playing a show in front of 10,000 people

9. What are the goals you are still working toward?
Well I just started long boarding a bit so I’m looking forward to becoming more proficient at that.  

10. What do you want more than anything out of your love for surfing?
It’s been a great constant throughout my life, my release and way to stay grounded, and I hope I always have it in my life for those reasons.
Ryan McNeil
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