Hometown: North Narrabeen, Australia
You probably have seen photos of Nathan “Noodles” Webster, but you’ve never heard anything about the man. Currently number six in the world, you have to wonder why someone ranked so high could be so damn anonymous. I caught up with Nathan at the U.S. Open and here’s what he had to say:
AC: So you’re having a really good year so far. Do you think it’s your best year yet?
Mr. Webster: Last year I had a pretty good year. Last year I was sitting in about the same spot. You enjoy it more when you do good, it comes a little easier, and makes it more relaxing.
It seems in a lot of ways that you are underrated. People haven’t expected you to come up like you’ve been coming up. Does that give you an advantage?
I don’t know. I hadn’t really thought of it. I just do my thing and whatever happens and whatever people want to say, I just really don’t think about it all that much.
What do you attribute all your success to?
Just wanting to do well and to make a good life and career out of surfing.
Where are you planning to go after this?
I’m going home for a couple of weeks and then I’m flying to France for sure.
Are you excited about all the new changes in the ASP?
Oh yeah, for sure. It should make it better and more fun.
[IMAGE 2]Who are your favorite surfers to watch?
Guys like Taj, Rob Machado, Kalani, Sunny obviously. Also Luke Egan, everyone. It’s cool that I get to go surfing with these guys all the time. It’s unreal.
Are you going to make a charge at the title yourself?
I just really want to get into a position where I can win events. I’ve never won an event before, so that’s my main priority.
What do you like to do when you aren’t surfing?
I like to hang out with my friends. I’m starting to get into photography a little bit. I don’t really do a lot of other things.
What do you think of Huntington and this whole carnival?
It’s pretty crazy. It’s good for the sport. It’s good for us to come here and surf this shit. It gives a chance to refine our small wave act and work on boards. It kind of catches us offguard, with our tour starting to go more and more towards better surf. But it’s an important part of surfing, coming down and give back to the people that buy all the products that we endorse. Give a little bit back to them and then put on a little show for them. Huntington is full of crazy people, but it’s a novelty for us.
Are you pretty excited to go back home?
Aw, shit yeah.
How much time do you spend on the road a year?
Now that I’m done doing the WQS, I’m just doing the WCT, so I’m going to twelve events. That’s twelve weeks, that’s not that bad.