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LOOK WHO’S TALKING BY KATHRYN ROMEYN PHOTOGRAPHY BY SAL OWEN ADVENTURE ADONIS: Jon Rose at his Pacifi c-view pad with Polaroids of himself and his “son,” Duke. COMING UP ROSEY With a new photo book, surfi ng exploits and possible Sundance dalliance, O.C. renaissance hunk Jon Rose is one busy boy Onpaper, Laguna Beach’s Jon Rose doesn’t havemuch work experience. “The only job I’ve ever had in real life is surfi ng,” he says. “I know that doesn’t last forever.” But what he lacks in résumé fi ller hemakes up for in life experience, having spent his youth traveling to surf contests unchaperoned (“it’s kind of a shock because you’re like a kid on the loose”). He attended this “school of the world” since turning pro with Quiksilver as a teen, which meant free will-exercising experiences like buying a 40-ounce Sapporo beer at 16 from a Japanese vending machine. Rose says those adventures led him to realize the tremendous diff erences between “theO.C. bubble” and the rest of the world. Now, Rose has moved on, board in hand, to push the envelope, often taking the unexpected route. Th e ruggedly handsome voyager left 13-year sponsorQuik a year ago (though he still rides for other local teams) to pursue otherpassions,whichare fastbecominglegitimatemini-careers.Frommodeling to fi lmmaking, photojournalism to adventure travel writing, he’s O.C.’s most successful slashie. “Maybe I’m not killing it at one of ‘em, but collectively it’s nice,” he says. Since then, the photog/author has journeyed Jack Kerouac-style for TowardsMiles, a 2002 photo diary, and more recently trekked through the Amazonwith a camera crewand two other pros for aNissan Japan commercial shoot. Th e super-gnarly,multimillion-dollar project followed the surf devotees as they journeyed by rickety vessel to the Amazon River’s 20-mile Pororoca wave, ultimately leading to the creation of surf doc Pororoca: Th e LongestWave, which is being considered for Sundance. Rose is also hawking a new self-published book, When Life Hands You Lemons..., a reverse take on a photo book.His personalmantras are “captioned” by diverse, sometimes quirky shots from Spain, Italy, a Baja motorcycle trip and Trovata fashion shoots, the hip local label for which he’s now brand manager. So, what does he do when life delivers some unexpected citrus? “When life hands you lemons,” says Rose with a smile, “drink a beer.” R Available in the bookstore at www.blurb.com. HOTS: Film photography; blurb.com; REI; Sambazon Açai smoothies; my wife; La Sirena’s breakfast burritos; vintage pocket knives; Big Sur; Peter Blake Gallery; swap meets; JPG Magazine; fl asks; Matix Clothing NOTS: Digital photography (“Fake pictures”); Laguna losing Javier’s, Cedar Creek and Partner’s Bistro in one year; celebrity obsession; Ikea; oil dependence; blackballs (non-surfi ng areas designated by the city); Bush—Jr. and Sr. 224 > OCTOBER 2008

Look Whos talking

- Kathryn Romeyn

COMING UP ROSEY <br /> With a new photo book, surfing exploits and possible Sundance dalliance, O.C. renaissance hunk Jon Rose is one busy boy On paper, Laguna Beach’s Jon Rose doesn’t have much work experience. “Th e only job I’ve ever had in real life is surfi ng,” he says. “I know that doesn’t last forever.” But what he lacks in résumé filler he makes up for in life experience, having spent his youth traveling to surf contests unchaperoned (“it’s kind of a shock because you’re like a kid on the loose”). He attended this “school of the world” since turning pro with Quiksilver as a teen, which meant free will-exercising experiences like buying a 40-ounce Sapporo beer at 16 from a Japanese vending machine. Rose says those adventures led him to realize the tremendous diff erences between “the O.C. bubble” and the rest of the world.<br /> <br /> Now, Rose has moved on, board in hand, to push the envelope, often taking the unexpected route. The ruggedly handsome voyager left 13-year sponsor Quik a year ago (though he still rides for other local teams) to pursue other passions, which are fast becoming legitimate mini-careers. From modeling to filmmaking, photojournalism to adventure travel writing, he’s O.C.’s most successful slashie. “Maybe I’m not killing it at one of ‘em, but collectively it’s nice,” he says. Since then, the photog/author has journeyed Jack Kerouac-style for Towards Miles, a 2002 photo diary, and more recently trekked through the Amazon with a camera crew and two other pros for a Nissan Japan commercial shoot. Th e super-gnarly, multimillion-dollar project followed the surf devotees as they journeyed by rickety vessel to the Amazon River’s 20-mile Pororoca wave, ultimately leading to the creation of surf doc Pororoca: Th e Longest Wave, which is being considered for Sundance.<br /> <br /> Rose is also hawking a new self-published book, When Life Hands You Lemons..., a reverse take on a photo book. His personal mantras are “captioned” by diverse, sometimes quirky shots from Spain, Italy, a Baja motorcycle trip and Trovata fashion shoots, the hip local label for which he’s now brand manager. So, what does he do when life delivers some unexpected citrus?<br /> <br /> “When life hands you lemons,” says Rose with a smile, “drink a beer.” R Available in the bookstore at www.blurb.com.<br />

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