InfluencING Oliver Kurtz

posted by / Blogs / February 2, 2012

Oliver KurtzOliver Kurtz: not your average surfing human

Words by Oliver Kurtz

WatchING: I haven’t been watching too much TV at all. But when I do, I try to watch CSPAN, The History Channel, FOX & CNN. Knowledge is power. Since I’m out of school, I like to learn new things and get perspectives on current events from both sides (Democrats & Republicans) then make my decision on what this country should do. But when I don’t feel like being educated, I watch re-runs of Family Guy & South Park till I start crying in laughter.

ReadING: I’ve been keeping up with Fashion Mags for awhile, like GQ, Vouge, & even Cosmopolitan. I like not looking and acting like a surfer when I leave the water. Lose the “bro & dudes” dress with a sense of style (ie not wearing hoodies, shorts, & the color brown out at night). GQ tells you what to wear, how to wear it, when to wear it & tools to help you pull that babe that’s only into guys who have something more to say than, “so where are you from?”

BrowsING: Lately, visual inspiration has been coming mainly from skate & snow websites. AWSM keeps a solid pulse updating me with new videos from every spectrum. Also, The Berrics is the best skate website around. Skateboarders tech is next level. We have a lot to learn from them as far as aerials and combos go.

PlayING: I can’t play any music instrument so I stay away from guitars and keyboards. I love playing Country Club sports though. Tennis & golf are amazing hobbies. Probably better at them than I am at surfing. But that’s neither here nor there. A good thing to pass the time in a car, airplane, or train is the app Temple Run. MOST ADDICTING GAME EVER! MORE THAN CALL OF DUTY & HALO COMBINED.

ConsumING: I haven’t had a sunglass sponsor for awhile, so I buy sunglasses every month or two. Expensive ones. It’s a really bad habit that I’m trying to break. Retro Super Future, Ermenegildo Zegna, and Dolce & Gabanna’s are in rotation at the moment. The rest of my money goes into airplane tickets, board bag fees, three meals a day, and bar tabs.

EatING and DrinkING: My food tastes are dictated by the area code I’m in. For example, I’m in Hawaii right now and plate lunches, pork, Haipua pies, and Mai Tai’s at night are in my diet rotation. I’m generally up for anything as far as food goes. As long as I’m surrounded by some good company, I could be eating Ramen Noodles and I’d be happy. I hate eating alone. I actually just hate being alone.

PartyING: There is nothing worse than going out with someone who gets blacked out on the regular and acts like a complete dumbass. Just like I said above, as long as the company is good, the place doesn’t matter. But I do prefer happy hours. Half off drinks, a casual dinner and a few girls early in the night. I hate going out at midnight and not getting home till 6 in the morning and waking up with a deadly hangover.

ListenING: My music tastes run pretty deep. My iTunes is comparable to a club sandwich; I have everything. Well, not everything–I despise Top 40 music with a passion. Can’t stand it. My brother Troy is producing music and he just did a show with Deadmau5 on New Years. It was epic. So I listen to his mixtapes and critique his singles. But lately, I’ve been bumpin’ the ‘Dipset Essential Rap Mix.’ A popular message in their songs is to work hard, do whatever it takes to make yourself successful and don’t take shit from anyone trying to get in your way. 2012 is a huge year for me and i’m working hard to make my dreams come true.

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  • homeless

    oliver, your so RICH! why are you so dumb?

  • ben

    homeless “oliver, your so RICH! why are you so dumb?”

    I believe you mean you’re** looks like you are the dumbass


    Ya Ollie! You’re the man! We all wish we could be you haha!!! Keep livin the dream brother.

  • jackdaniels

    Ya Ollie! Livin the dream buddy. Keep up the good work. All the boys are stoked for you.

  • Mik

    Ollie: what do you expect to learn from Fox news? nothing? stupid is as stupid still is? someone needs to ask Kelly to tell the rest of Floriduh that they are 35 years behind the times…………………

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  • hmmm

    Funny how he says that he wants to learn new things and get new perspectives trough CNN and FOX news. And then he says he mostly reads fashion mags, how about about maybe picking up a newspaper and some educational books?? CNN and FOX are both full of bullcrap. I like that hes trying to have his own style, not the classic surfer look. But don´t act like you are smart and informed, because that you are not.

  • albee

    i hate were surfing is going. i might boycott this site for awhile. Ask jeff rowley what influences him, He actually surfs.

  • tom tom

    fuck the berrics

  • Dana Quinn

    there’s so much hate on these websites, i feel like it’s channel where people say things they would never say to anyone’s face, sort of like face book, twitter, message boards in general. keep it up for the east coast mane

  • inlet cult

    Ya Ollie! This is one smart(er than you) cat who is undoubtedly Florida’s only current hope in pro surfing. And as multi-dimensional as humans come. Connections to deadmau5, humble, stylish and expensive clothing, cultured. Don’t let the haters hold you back brother, you’re only doing what they could have if they would have worked hard too.

  • unidentified

    what a poof

  • brewskibill

    Rock on ollie, a legend in the making.

  • JH

    Troy that works @ Sirius XM? If so your bro is a rad fucking dude.

    Fuck the haters.

  • oliver Kurtz

    just doin me

  • lehti

    Here’s some finnish fashion mags for you to read :-) Magazine means lehti in finnish, fashion means muoti in finnish …

  • why?

    wow this is heavy.

  • Albee

    Little harsh sorry. I meant surfing as a whole not the mag.oli came off alittle condescending that’s all.

  • Ben

    This could not be more ridiculous. Really interesting and multi-dimensional to the naive, impressionable eye (i.e. most white americans).

  • brewskibill

    Whoa Albee, you felt compelled to come back and add a conciliatory correction? As a fan, Oliver is the stereotypical” take me for what I am” product, no pretenses, he is not condescending at all. People should embrace these kind of individuals, rare breed.



  • YouAreAfag :)

    Do the surfing world a favor and jump off the nearest bridge faggot.

  • layoff

    ey champ right up here ^
    he’d probably jump off the nearest bridge, do a backwards gainer, then go have coitus with your girlfriend. knob.

  • Alicia

    Well I bet girls are standing in line for you. Could there be anything hotter and more manly than a guy who reads GQ and Vogue?I also think it’s awesome that you’re such a well read individual,I mean who needs Faulkner or Dostoyevsky when you can read fashion magazines, right? Oh and clearly you must have an awesome, unique style if you blindly follow GQ’s advice on “what to wear, how to wear it and when to wear it”. You know what? I bet watching CSPAN, Fox News and CNN has given you lots of knowledge and “power” which I’m sure you’ll use wisely. You’re quite the renaissance man, good for you, but just a piece of advice: you might want to try avoid sounding as pretentious and (sorry, I really don’t want to make you feel bad)clueless as you did in this interview. A surfer should be ok with being a surfer.

  • johnnystone

    ollie probably slept with alicia’s sister. cant believe all the hate. if you actually get a chance to meet the young legend, you’ll be glad you did. keep your head up grom!!

  • Alicia

    Johnnystone the “young legend” is probably a nice guy but the thing is this interview didn’t exactly make him sound like one (maybe his words got twisted and if that’s the case he should make a call). But if this Kurtz charatcer really felt entitled to tell other surfers what to wear and how to get girls and he also happens to mention how he tries not to act like a surfer when he’s out of the water, then I’m sure he expected a negative reaction. I didn’t mean to disrespect and/or hurt anyone’s feelings though.

  • why?

    Fox news is pure Bull shit. plays video games but no instruments, spends his money on expensive sunglasses. epitome of a spoiled, brainwashed, Spindlecorn.

  • mike m

    @ why? quite sanctimonious in calling out someone you must despise because of jealousy. why don’t you rattle off your Phd dissertation?
    btw, OLIVER’S INSTRUMENT IS THE OCEAN. Karma brother.

  • fart face

    I actually read GQ and Details (not fucking cosmo) and can vibe with the whole I have interests outside of surfing thing, but this guy seriously comes off like such a freaking goon. Who is this kook anyways? But hey, look what were doing… Talking about some goon with contrived style who sounds like a pretentious poser. He probably digs the attention. Well, maybe not the “kill yourself faggot” comment ahaha.

    “my brother Troy is producing music and he just did a show with Deadmau5 on New Years. It was epic. So I listen to his mixtapes and critique his singles.”

    hahahahahaha fucking seriously?

  • Major Hater

    Un- fucking-believable! You gotta be kidding! This guy would get smeared on the ground where I’m from. Do yourself a favor, go to New York for Fashion Week, then find the highest skyscraper with no guard rail and jump the fuck off! Regardless of this Poof-Dom I still like Chas!

  • wizard

    Fart face and Major hater. You low life’s must feel better now, venting anonymously with such vitriol and sheer despise for someone who has effectively emasculated you to pieces of trash. You two must have great mothers and families to spit such venom and disdain.
    Oliver wins. HA HA

  • steed

    ultimate tool. if you knew one thing about snowboarding and skateboarding you wouldnt be name dropping AWSM and berrics like your some cool dude, you would know that makes you a kook . get a clue BRAH your embarassing yourself in more than a few ways with this interview

  • hey

    Simple, your a lil bitch…

  • Geronimo

    COSMOPOLITAN??? WTF? SO KURTZ IS WIZARD, he’s the same prick. Trying to convince yourself that you’re smart by using words which you think are big? Wizard/Kurtz : I hate to break it to you but you haven’t emasculated anyone. The only one who has been weakened is you. In fact, you emasculated ( and this time I AM talking about your missing virility)yourself the day you read Cosmopolitan for the first time.

  • 2nd to none

    Ollie rips and I’m sure most of you haters are so tuff your wearing Tap out gearand riding 6’2 fishes.

    Jealous = hate

  • Mike Anderson

    Funny articale funnier comments thanks for the entertainment …

  • Jamie

    Cool to see someone different in surfing. Oliver fucking killed Hawaii this winter. if you can’t surf as good as him, don’t hate on him. Who cares if he’s into other shit as long as he still rips and still has fun doing it. get a life faggots.