For anyone that has any doubts if women riders can go the distance, please meet Geraldine and get ready for any narrow views of our Women riders to be turned upside down. With facial reconstruction from a run-in with the reef in Indo to a reputation for taking on bigger and tougher waves than a lot of her male counterparts, Geraldine still says in one of the many e-mails it takes to sort these interviews out: "...I have been lucky with some waves, and I have been able to catch them...but usually, I'm a wussy."
I beg to differ!! Please meet Ms Geraldine Gogin:
Doc: Hey Geraldine, where are you from in Peru and what are your local
waters these days?GG: From Lima. Some beachies in the south and north of Lima.Doc:
What do you see as the difference in style between men and women riders?G.G: I think is basically is in strength, guys are stronger, so, they are able to hold their lines better in bigger waves, and paddle harder to get in the waves. About style, I believe men and women can have good or bad style.
Doc: How do you find the acceptance of women riders by the male riders?G.G:
Usually I find that really good riders are the ones more willing to give waves, good advice and accept you. Is lame to find, a male rider that believes he kill it and don’t respect girls, but also women that take advantage of their position.
Doc: How did you start to travel, how long you have been doing it and where you have been?GG: I won a ticket in a raffle to go to Tavarua Island, after that I travel for 9 years. I have been most of the time in between Indo, Hawaii and Mexico. Doc:
What boards are you running in your current quiver and what are your
current faves?G.G: Now i have one bb a custom made bb BSD, crescent tail,
Extruded PP core, deck PE, with one stringer, 60/40, channels, crescent tail with 1 1/2 of tail block, 40 inches length, 20 3/4 of wide point, nose to wide point 15 inches, tail 17 1/4, thickness 2 1/4, deck color blue, rail color red.Doc: Fave breaks – local and overseas?G.G: In Hawaii, I love pipe. In Indonesia, I have some of my best sessions at HS and super sucks. And in Mexico, Puerto. In Peru, there are a couple of sick and heavy bb waves around.
Doc: Where has been the biggest barrel you ever taken off? G.G:
At pipe the winter of 2006, only 4 people out there, was crazy! I couldn’t sleep that night… and at Puerto, I got scare because I kind of airdrop a little in a solid one and I barely made it. I’m not good at telling a size.
Doc: And what’s the toughest wave you’ve hit up?G.G: Pipe always blows my mind; you never get bored over there… and Puerto Escondido, so much water moving, scary. But around, I always find waves that give me a hard time.
Doc: Do you have a crew you hang with in the water?G.G:
I hang with who I like and is nice, and easy going.Doc:
What’s the maddest road trip you’ve been on?G.G: Travelling to Mentawais by land.
Doc: Best boat trip?G.G: Probably this same mentawais trip had some fisherman boat time, and was great, and tiring at the same time. I really haven’t travel in a fancy charter.Doc:
Who are some of your fave photogs?G.G: Is hard, I think anyone that doesn’t believe that you are wasting his time, his film and has a good timing. Danny Black, was always super nice to me. I have special appreciation to Tim Jones, Scott Aicher and Dave –Nelly- because apart from be good photographers they are good massage clients. Doc: Board history – any chance you can remember and name the boards you have had under you over time? Fave ride ever of all of them?
G.G: I remember the most a toobs, ryan hardy model and a town and country custom made that was perfect for me with this one I got some of my best barrels
.Doc: Scariest moment on the boog?G.G: I hit my face at speedies, and I had a reconstructive surgery, after I couldn’t do anything. And maybe when the waves are getting bigger with current, and I’m tired…I don’t like that combo
Doc: What do you love most about the BB culture?G.G: I love to travel around and find some old friend in some place with fun and good waves.Doc: What do you reckon BB needs most at the moment?G.G: Maybe, exposure to the correct athletes, there are some insane bb that don’t receive so much support, but in the other hand some other ones that give a bad name to the sport and have a total support.
Doc: What are you doing these days?G.G: I’m a masseuse, also im learning some courses to improve my techniques in massages, selling aromatherapy products, and always doing some sport everyday.Doc: And finally who are your sponsors?G.G: Hum! I preferred to say that there are some nice friends giving me a hand in the way they can, like independent bodyboards and kapaloa fins (jose luis and mutant), max from billabong, and canle with pod. Thanks to them and always to my family.
1. Rider: Geraldine Gogin Photographer: Unknown
2. Rider: Geraldine Gogin Photgrapher: Pina
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4. Rider: Geraldine Gogin Photographer: Miguel
5. Rider: Geraldine Gogin photographer: Sean Davey
6. Rider: Geraldine Gogin Photographer: Tim
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