Stab: Hi John.
John: Hi. Sorry, I’m late. I had to get batteries on my boat and we were out til late.
Do you still have your little cat on the beach at Logs as well? I have it on the beach in summer because in winter the waves wash all the way up.
I would imagine you’ve punched it through some big surf. Not huge surf, but certainly when it’s been head high. Going out is so much easier because you can see it coming, but coming in, it’s harder because you have to time it and once you go for it there’s no turning back, really. We’ve had some trouble where the boat fully gets into a wave and we all have to get at the back and lean back and ride the boat on a wave all the way to the beach.
But sailing is all the things you like in the world: the ocean, and no cell or wifi service. Yes, exactly (laughs). Away from it all.
What about the rumour that you were contemplating taking a year off tour to sail around the world? No, I was never going to take a year off tour, not anytime soon. I would love to sail though – the closest thing to that would be sailing to Tahiti for the contest because we have a nice break before Tahiti.
It would be pretty cool paddling from your boat straight to your heat and back again. Is it achievable? Yes, for sure. I’d love to just roll in a couple of days before the event, just like, ”Ah, we’re here, we just sailed from Hawaii.’’ (Laughs)
Imagine clearing immigration at Teahupoo. Oh my god, yes. It’d be pretty funny.