#The Lisbon Surfer: What was your first passion? Painting or surfing? And how did you begin to surf?
#The Lisbon Surfer: What does ‘surfing’ means to you?
#Jay: Surfing to me is a beautiful way to ride the energy of the ocean. It's a way to express myself. It releases agression, calms me, excites me, inspires me. I love the feeling of being with your friends and the adrenaline rush of catching waves. It's like watching a piece of moving art.
#Jay: I don't know if I have a favorite one. I guess it would probably be at my home state of New Jersey with my good friends. So many sessions were special to me, it would be impossible to narrow down.
#The Lisbon Surfer: How do you manage surfing with your professional life? And how does Surf help or influence you in your paintings and daily life?
#Jay: I don't live somewhere where there's amazing waves all the time, so there is plenty of time to work in between sessions. Whenever there are fun looking waves, unless I'm really busy with a project, I'll make time to get in the water. Surfing helps me learn about art, myself and life. It allows me to think without phones or emails disturbing me. It's a great time to be in the moment.
#The Lisbon Surfer: Have you lived any risky situation while you were surfing? What was the key learning?