SRFACE Diaries gives you a peek into the lives of our ambassadors. In every diary entry we post an interview with one of our ambassadors. Because we all surf but have so much more that makes us interesting human beings. This week: Artist, doctor, researcher and surfer Twan Lugten from Rotterdam, the Netherlands. Images by Jan Bijl.
When did you start surfing?
I started surfing somewhere near Cornwall when I was about 13 years old. My parents and me were on holiday with our campervan. There was a small surf school near the campsite. I recall being a bit bored and feeling sick after eating pizzas which had undercooked chicken on it. I took a surfing-lesson with my father and it felt like an acceptable holiday activity.
Why do you surf?
I kind of grew into it. Surfing has a strong relation with pop-culture, art / design and skateboarding. At the time, it was just cool to be a surfer. Nowadays, I see myself as a designer or researcher. What I love most, is the feeling of driving on keel fins or trimming down the line on a finless. That feeling when board-design is in sync with an emerging wave and you can resonate with that wave and redirect energy. Daoists call this Wu Wei I think.
What is your favorite surf destination and why?
Toilet Point, Netherlands. Calle el Cid, Gran Canaria. No disrespect to subtropical places and goji-berry heavens, but I enjoy surfing most where the place feels like home. Keep your circle small and your asanas flexible.
Who is your favorite surfer and why?
Hahaha omg. No cap? Wouter de Bock. He is the guy who knocked on the window of my parents’ campervan to wake me up to go surfing. In my fantasy at the time, he was a fucking Bodhi. He still is my local hero, although the last time I saw him was about 15 years ago. (I hope to become a local hero someday). And another favorite: Jordi Villa. Underground professional bullshitter from Gran Canaria. And Ryan Burch of course. Self-explanatory.
What is your favorite surf movie?
Glass Love – Andrew Kidman. It takes time to appreciate this movie. Beautiful music, slow mind surfing with ¼ part limoncello on a full glass of champagne with a cane-sugar rim after eating a splendid meal of Dutch-Indo food made by yours truly.
What accounts should we follow on Instagram?
@0101010snakez here I document some of the shapes of Alexander Schuit (a.k.a. Hillbilly Surfboards) and me. @organiclab.zip outdoor-clothing porn. @primitiveskills so you can be up to date when the best surf magazine releases again. @hydrodynamica great documentation of surfboard design. Buy the book. @contemp.relics ART
What does a typical day in your life look like?
I wake up somewhere between 7:30 – 12:00 on art-days, take a shower, stress about how to start my day and not forgetting stuff I need. I try to get ready to get outdoors ASAP to get a flat white and go to my atelier to work on some bullshits like writing, making music, making installations etc. Usually I forget something and have to go back home. In the evenings I study at the part-time program of the Rietveld Academy. I usually order food (Indian / Thai / Chinese / Dutch-Indo) or eat outside or dine at the canteen. In between daily activities I skateboard at Westblaak Rotterdam or I surf when waves are clean. Lately I have been playing Warframe on the Nintendo Switch a lot and I have been watching all the episodes of the Big Bang Theory. But that’s Corona times. Or: I have a shift as a MD and work my ass off until it ends.
Name one thing you would give up surfing for
For being born as a dolphin or a Daoist monk. (Sorry, two things).
Anything you want to share?
Some advice a wise dolphin gave me: 1. Try to give back to the scene. Share boards, suits, car-rides to the beach. 2. Eat and sleep well (a personal reminder). 3. Never steal from yourself. 4. Buy (art)books that outlast IG-stories. 5. Loose a competition / reshape a board / try a strange fin setup. Absence teaches you what it is to have. 6. Surfing is like LARP-ing. Embrace this!
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