People Who Surf SanO: Q & A with Andy Nieblas

We recently had the chance to catch up and talk story about the past and present with our good friend Andy Nieblas,
and here is what one oftoday's most stylish surfers had to say...


At what age and where did you learn how to surf?
"I began surfing at the age of 10 years old. At the Boneyard at Doheny where everything begins for most of us living around here." 

                                 Photo: Andrea Coleman

When was your first experience at SanO?
"I was about 11 years old hanging around the jetty at Doheny waiting for the tide to rise, when Colin Emery, an older friend of mine had asked me to hop in the van and cruise down to Sano with some of the older kids apart of our crew. I first had to ask my mom for her permission to allow me to cruise that day and from there the rest is history! We dropped right down to Four Doors and the Point and from there it became a daily routine." 

photo: Andrea Coleman                                 Photo: Andrea Coleman

What is your preferred equipment these days?
"9'6 Pig 'Answalkonwater' model shaped by Griffin Kyle at Almond Surfboards. I also enjoy the challenge of riding retro single and twin fins. Dings or no dings, it's all fun."

Who are some your biggest influences in surfing?
"Butch Van Artsdalen, Buttons, Gerry Lopez, Mickey Dora & Tiger Espere" 

                                 Photo: Andrea Coleman

When the waves offer a little bit of variety, where can you be found mixing it up?
"During the winter I tend to surf Church's a little more along with all the other nooks and crannies found along Trestles. Big summer time south swells, I'm usually giving a look at Lowers, Doheny or one of the many peaky beach breaks around town." 

                                 Photo: Thomas Green/Almond Surfboards