Here comes another good surfer from Kailua on the east side of O’ahu. His name’s Jason Bogle, and although it seems like he’s been charging for a long time, he’s still only 22 years old. Bogle’s an athlete at heart, a huge fan of any sport he does, and he definitely takes them seriously. Just a super-nice guy from a super-nice place, Jason Bogle’s definitely a favorite.¿A.C.[IMAGE 1]
Who did you grow up surfing with?
I was born and raised here. I grew up surfing with Matt Mondragon, the Miller twins, and my friend Lance Gentry. I looked up to guys like Hans Hedemann, Derek Ho, and Buzzy Kerbox who grew up on this side. I grew up surfing Kailua shorebreak where we all learned how to do the same stuff they did.
What’s it like growing up on the east side?
For a kid who wants to make it in pro surfing, it’s probably a lot harder than it is if they grew up on the North Shore, because we’re about an hour away from Pipe and Backdoor. It’s a long drive and a lot of gas money when you’re a kid¿it’s kind of rough. You really have to want to do it, and if you don’t have the right attitude or motivation you can pretty much forget it. It’s far away.
But the surf is really good on the east side, right?
The surf’s good.
[IMAGE 2]Or should I say it’s bad?
You can say it’s good. They’ll come anyway. There’re a lot of good spots over here. Anytime I get a chance to not have to go to North Shore, I take advantage of it.
What do you do when the tour comes to town and it gets crowded?
Well, today the waves were perfect out there. So I woke up in the morning, went out, did what I had to do, and now I’m back home. I just go out there, do my own deal, come home to the peaceful side of the island, and surf by myself in the evening. I just try to stay away from the whole scene over there. You pretty much have to be there this time of the year. I just take care of the business in the morning and come home in the afternoon.
What’s an optimal day like for Jason Bogle?
A good day would be if “country” was howling onshore and I didn’t have to go out there, but a normal day would be to wake up in the morning, grind some food, and head out. I surf wherever it’s good, maybe surf again later, and head on home. That’s about it. Hang out with my friends on this side of the island. They don’t like going out there. Everyone hates it out there.
Did you force yourself to surf big waves, or did it come naturally to you?
I kind of had to force myself. There’s not too many big-wave spots on the east side, so you have to do it yourself. There’re only a few spots you can surf over here unless you have a boat or a pass to get on the U.S. Marine base. I probably get that from my dad, because he kinda forced me to get into big waves¿he pushed me a lot.
What are your plans for the future?
I’m probably going to keep doing what I’m doing¿traveling and finding good surf spots with no one around. I don’t know if I’m going to do as many contests anymore. I’ll be around. I’ll do some selected WQS event. Just go to the exotic spots, shoot photos, and make my sponsors happy.
Who are your sponsors?
Planet Earth, HIC Surfboards, DSO, and Future Wetsuits.
What do you do when you don’t surf?
Sleep. That’s about it.
Why are you so tired?
I don’t know.
Are you narcoleptic?
What else can you tell me about yourself?
My golf game is not so good right now. I’m struggling with my long iron, so I might need to get a lesson. That’s all I need help on right now.