Name: Borja Calzado Molins @monchilasanta
-The Call of the Wild by Jack London
-The Monk who sold his Ferrari by Robin S. Sharma
– The Las of the Mohicans directed by Michael Mann
– Big Wednesday by John Milius
– La Vita è Bella by Roberto Benign
Food: My grandmother’s food
How did you get into surfing? I have been in the water for as long as I can remember, my parents and my family love the ocean, I grew up playing on the beach and that’s how it all started. My uncles and my cousins had the guilt, they are the culprits that a simple game with the waves would become in my passion, my lifestyle. They introduced me into the surf world, teaching me this lifestyle, with surf trips and love for the ocean.
Why do you do Surf? Because going surfing and being in contact with the ocean makes me feel alive, nothing compares to this feeling of freedom, to be out there, feeling the ocean and the waves, is where I really find myself. Is not easy to explain but since I was very young I knew, this is what I want to do for the rest of my life.
Who has been the greatest inspiration in your life today? My two grandmothers and my family. Even with all the difficulties that both of my grandmothers had to faced in life, they reached to formed an incredible family. Thanks to them I could have achieved some of my dreams.
At what point did you know surfing was going to be more than just a hobby for you? When I leave everything I knew (my home, my family, friends) for the waves, to start a new life in search of my dreams.
Were you always interested in photography? Yes, I have bee always interested. When I was younger I took a photography course.
Could you give some surf tips? If you don’t know the place where you are going to surf, take your time to watch the conditions; currents, winds, tides, swell wave high, swell direction and if you have doubts, ask and listen to the tips of the local people.You can never lose your respect for the ocean, if you do, you may find yourself in serious trouble.
Life began in the ocean, respect it.
What do you think you would want to be if you weren’t a surfer? I would have liked to be a marine biologist.
Describe your best experience surfing? I do not know which one would be the best of all, I have had many good surfing experiences in my life. I remember a morning surf session with a magic sunrise in Sumbawa, Indian Ocean. I paddled out in the dark, before the sunrise , there was no people out there, the waves were small but the conditions were perfect, and while I was waiting to catch the first wave a group of dolphins came to the line-up, it was a special session, I was sharing waves with dolphins with no one else out there.
What has been your biggest challenge in your life? When I left home being young, and I was away from my family in order to fight for my dreams and to be able to live as I always wanted to live; in a place with world class waves doing what I like the most in this life, surf every day and be happy.
What do you do in the off-season? Surf trips chasing waves around the world and when I come back to my home in Canary Islands I work with La Santa Surf Procter Surf School in the northshore, in Famara, Lanzarote.
What’s the biggest wave you’ve ever surfed? I always say that the biggest wave is about to come, I’m still learning and training to be ready for when that day or that wave comes. I have surfed waves between 6 and 8 meters high (not tow-in surfing, just paddling), but I have seen them bigger while I was surfing.
Have you had any close encounters with sharks? Yes, in the Atlantic Ocean and the Indian Ocean. This winter while we were surfing at home with my friends, in a big wave spot far away from the coast, a hammerhead shark come to visit us, he was not one of the big ones, but it wasn’t a baby shark, he was very close to us, and he didn’t want to leave fast, we all stayed together on ours surfboards watching him swimming around his territory, until he finally left.
What goes through your mind when you’re in the middle of an epic wave like that? Everything happens very quickly, and everything is mixed; fear, happiness, and lots of adrenaline. It’s not easy to describe it, but you really feel alive. Love this feeling.
Who are the sportsmen or sportswoman’s you admire the most? All Paralympic athletes, for their persistence and courage to face the adversities of life.
Who you’d like to travel with you in your van for a surf event? My girlfriend, my dog and my surfboards.
Where do you most want to travel, but have never been? I want to go to Maui, Hawaii, to visit my cousin, she lives near JAWS, the best big wave spot in the world. I hope I can go next winter. I would like to surf with Koa, he’s 5 years old is the son of my cousin Anita, and I know, he will be a great surfer.
How would your friends describe you? A good person, quiet, solidary, passionate and respectful.
Define Klassik Magazine for the audience? Awesome!