The Surfersvillage Interview
Rising surf star finds career niche between contest machine and hippie freesurfer labels
Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 26 May, 2017 - Leon Glatzer was born in Maui, raised in Costa Rica and like Frankie Harrer, Nic von Rupp and Marlon Lipke, claims German nationality. Other things you don't know about the young goofyfoot who surfs with a fast, twitchy style and is abnormally comfortable in surf-of-consequence include: he was almost lost forever at sea and also came very close to being a BMX rider.
We're glad he stuck with surfing, so let's find out what makes Leon, well, Leon...
How would you describe what you do for work to a very small, inattentive child?
My work is to be myself, surf, travel the world and do contests. It's a pretty good life but it takes a lot of sacrifices.
What is that you do professionally that you are most proud of?
What I do professionally is contests and emails! I'm really proud of all the dedication and discipline I put into surfing and my own life.
What are you currently working on that you’re really excited about?
This year I will be doing something a lot different. I will be going to exotic destinations where people don't usually go for a surf trip. I'm into the concept of doing a small documentary where there are waves and amazing scenery. I cant tell you exactly where I'm going but soon you will know.
Tell us about one time you almost died...
Two years ago I went on a fishing trip at home in Pavones with my friend Noe Mar Mcgonagle and Captain Johnny. It was a really small boat, 15 feet long made out of aluminium, maximum capacity four people. We decided to go out to sea about 30km from the shore. When we reached the point where the fish bite, well straight a way I got one on the hook. In the process of catching the fish our motor completely died. Captain Johnny tried to fix it but it was impossible. There was no one around and no phone service. Nothing. But luckily we had some oars and the tide was coming in. After four hours of rowing non stop we made it to the shore. It was a moment I will never forget. If we didn't have the oars and the tide coming in I think you would have never heard from me again.
Share with us your biggest Rocky Balboa moment (you know, punching meat in a freezer then running up the steps of City Hall with your own special theme music blaring.)
One day my buddy and I went to explore a wave away from town. On our way there my friend cut his foot really badly, I had to carry him on my shoulders for an hour back to town, I had my iPod with me and was listening to Green Day the whole way.
If you weren’t doing this, what would you be doing? Selling shoes?
I would be a lifeguard and selling sketchy fake Nikes
OK, you get to drop into five moments in history – surf or otherwise. Please name them and why.
The Pipeline bomb The one year i got a bomb at Pipeline. I will never forget that feeling.
1 Day, 10 heat wins I had this one contest were I won 10 heats in a row in one day.
First Air Reverse I was 12 years old and I couldn't stop claiming for a week
Brother's first surf The first day I pushed my little brother into a wave, I have never been so proud and happy in my life.
Motocrossbike The day I got my first motocross bike, I completely forgot about surfing and rode it for a month straight until my mom had to take it away from me to get back into surfing.