RVOC October 2009 : Page 168

LOOK WHO’S TALKING Board Prophet Nomadic surfer and newbie fi lmmaker Hans Hagen is all grown up, but his continent-hopping glory days are far from over | By Kathryn Romeyn | Photography by Sal Owen | For some, the thrill of competition drives them to surf faraway breaks. But for Hans Hagen, an exotic swell is simply an excuse to travel and explore. Born and raised in Laguna Beach (surfi ng T alia Street), the pro surfer, 37, is still in hot pursuit of the planet’s gnarliest waves. His latest project—producing, surfi ng in and supervising music for the stylized fi lm Lost Prophets, out October 20—proves it. “I hope people don’t think it’s egotistical to produce a movie you’re in, but it was very organic,” says Hagen, father of two with fi ancée/singer Carla Commagere, whom he met at an artsy Laguna Canyon keg party (“She liked my shirt”). S.D. director Nathan Apfel’s “cosmic spiritual journey” isn’t a traditional rip-it-up fi lm like buddy Jack Johnson’s T icker T an Water, which had Hagen surfi ng India. T e narrative follows nine surfers from their Hagen’s Hots My kids, magic boards, nature, Hagen’s Nots Laguna’s La Sirena Grill, good health, MadMen, face time, Indonesia Pollution, fl at spells, Laguna Beach: T e Real O.C., short-sightedness, Taco Bell, worry, tweets home breaks to an 80-foot boat—Hagen calls the inside Sandpiper- esque—in Indonesia during the “swell of the decade.” It pairs gorgeous cinematography with rarely-seen realism (surfer dudes smoking and drinking wine by a campfi re), and top-notch tracks by indie up-and- comers including Dawes, Commagere’s sister Juliette and brother Robert Francis, and heavyweights Ry Cooder and Foo Fighter Taylor Hawkins (a lifelong friend). His eyewear brand JEN Optics and orgs like Save T e Waves keep Hagen busy now, but in the past, big-time modeling gigs sometimes funded his vagabond adventures. (“You make $5K a day and you don’t have to answer to the surf industry.”) Today, the good-looking dad’s M.O. is seeking out creative outlets for his world travel fervor. “T e era’s over, but I’m tapping into it again. It’s trippy, man.” R GOLDEN GUY At home in Laguna Beach, Hans Hagen feels lucky to still be “somewhat relevant” and credits Kelly Slater for “[keeping] our generation in business.” 168 | | October 2009

Look Who'sTalking

Kathryn Romeyn

For some, the thrill of competition drives them to surf faraway breaks.<br /> But for Hans Hagen, an exotic swell is simply an excuse to travel and explore. Born and raised in Laguna Beach (surfing thalia Street), the pro surfer, 37, is still in hot pursuit of the planet’s gnarliest waves. His latest project—producing, surfi ng in and supervising music for the stylized fi lm Lost Prophets, out October 20—proves it. “I hope people don’t think it’s egotistical to produce a movie you’re in, but it was very organic,” says Hagen, father of two with fi ancée/singer Carla Commagere, whom he met at an artsy Laguna Canyon keg party (“She liked my shirt”). S.D.director Nathan Apfel’s “cosmic spiritual journey” isn’t a traditional rip-it-up fi lm like buddy Jack Johnson’s thicker than Water , which had Hagen surfi ng India.<br /> <br /> The narrative follows nine surfers from their home breaks to an 80-foot boat—Hagen calls the inside Sandpiperesque— in Indonesia during the “swell of the decade.” It pairs gorgeous cinematography with rarely-seen realism (surfer dudes smoking and drinking wine by a campfi re), and top-notch tracks by indie up-andcomers including Dawes, Commagere’s sister Juliette and brother Robert Francis, and heavyweights Ry Cooder and Foo Fighter Taylor Hawkins (a lifelong friend). His eyewear brand JEN Optics and orgs like Save the Waves keep Hagen busy now, but in the past, big-time modeling gigs sometimes funded his vagabond adventures. (“You make $5K a day and you don’t have to answer to the surf industry.”) Today, the good-looking dad’s M.O. is seeking out creative outlets for his world travel fervor. “the era’s over, but I’m tapping into it again. It’s trippy, man.”

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