Stephen Ralph, 24, numerous nicknames such as Ralphy, Chief, Kong, Pier
-Where Are You From / Local Wave?
When i started surfing i was living in Secret Harbour, down near Mandurah WA. Lived in Mandurah, now Perth and in 2 weeks time Mount Magnet. Local waves were Secrets, Singoes and Madora
-How long have you been riding for?
No idea, 10 years maybe
-What inspired you to get a sponge under your belly?
My family moved to the coast so i thought id better make the most of it. I had previously mucked around on a boogie when we went to the beach but really got into it when we moved to the coast.
-What board(s) do you have?
Currently i have a custom PE QCD, PP AKA and a Turbo Mason that i have had for over a year and not taken it out of its wrapper yet, all are 42.5"
-Do you reckon you'll still be tearing up on the sponge in 20 years time?
I hope I will be, it all depends upon where I will be working, although distance makes the heart grow fonder so I guess this year in the desert will make me want to surf more and longer.
-What are your favourite sorts of waves (barrels/wedges/reefs/beachies etc) ?
Anything that Barrels, although i dont think you can beat a 4-6ft beachy with crystal clear water, some barrels, some ramps and a lack of crowds.
-Would You Rather Bodyboard 25Foot Waimea Bay Shorey or Bodyboard 10foot Dry Pitching Cyclops?
10-15ft Teahupoo, at least i have a chance of making the channel and if i was to come off, at least i would die in the most beautiful wave in the world.
-You Are Bodyboarding 10foot Nuggan And A Section Loom's Up Infront Of You - Would You Rather Pull Into That Section And Get The Barrel of A Lifetime or Launch Of That Section And Pull A Massive Tweaked Invert:
Barrel, easily, nothing beats the feeling of being swallowed by a decent sized pit and then come screaming out of it
-Assuming you had the skillz of Ryan Hardy (prone) or Roach (DK) - what move would you make in the end section after a pumping barrel at Hawaii Pipe?
I would hoot my head off most probably, but if I was Hardy i would bust a huge carve into reverse and if i was Roach i would just do a massive forehand carve, spraying all the standups who were paddeling back out.
-You now have the wallet of Richard Branson (super rich dude). You can pick a country anywhere in the world (but only one) to find fresh breaks in and sponge your brains out - where would you choose to go?
Im gonna have to say Spain, the whole northern coastline has heaps of waves but I am sure there are heaps more secrets out there. The climate and the people there are amazing so thats where i would head. This was a close toss up between Ireland as well.
-You're given the editorial reins of Riptide Mag, what feature would you include in every issue?
Has to be a DK feature in every issue. I would also like to see some more travel, even some tips etc
-You can go with 4 legend riders to any break in the world. Which riders and which break would you choose?
Well the first person I would take would be Jennifer Hawkins, hands down, no female comes close. If i could take her then i wouldnt want to bring anyone else along but if i had to then id take Damian King, Mike Stewart and Mason Rose
-You Are Organizing A Trip To A Remote New Break, You Have Access To Any Photographer Of Your Choice To Come And Document This Occasion, Who Would You Pick?