From Blackjack Dealer to Surf Media Mogul, Ex-STAB Founder Tells All | “I pray for the death of print.”
Is Beach Grit not the great thing in surf right now? I believe so partly because I write for them, but also because of Derek Rielly. He was interviewed some time back by Banks (even though his clothing selections run more towards Comme des Garçons) and somehow I missed it, but now you must read because the words of a surf writer are ALWAYS more entertaining than those of a surfer surfer.
In this short-ish interview he tells almost all, but what I really want to know is how he feels after ridding himself of STAB ownership, then seeing them bought soon after for $millions upon $millions, and now to see their parent company Surfstitch lose over $500-million in one week and even more since. Derek???
“If you really want me to be frank, I don’t think of myself as a writer, more an editor who can assemble what I hope is an Evelyn Waugh-Huysmans-Tom Wolfe-sque paragraph or two. Here’s a little trip down memory lane. I had to write an advice column for ASL and, suddenly, the old Oscar Wilde quote, “Nothing Succeeds Like Excess” hit me and I wrote as if nothing mattered.”
Read the BANKS JOURNAL full talk w/ Derek Rielly of Beach Grit here.