Oscar Langburne : The Secret Of Free Surfing
Surfing waves always looks effortless for Australian free surfer Oscar Langburne. We caught up with Mr Langburne following one of his recent surf movies featuring a tasty Christenson Fish Surfboard. Find out more about Oscar, the twinny, his old-school surf style and the secret of free surfing in 'Oscar Langburne : The Secret Of Free Surfing'.
Known for his smooth graceful surfing style, love of '70s and '80s music and surfboards painted with his favourite musicians, Mr Oscar Langburne is not your typical Australian surfer. We caught up with Mr Langburne following the release of one of his latest free surfing movies in NSW Australia - featuring a tasty Christenson twin fin surfboard - to find out about his old-school surf style and the secret of free surfing.
Oscar, could you introduce yourself, where are you from and who you’re sponsored by?
How did you get into surfing and what do you love about the sport?
Starting really young getting pushed on a soft board and then stopped for a few years before getting back into it when I was about 10 yrs old. I just love the feeling of being in the ocean and riding waves.
Your surfing style is so smooth, who are your surf idols and how have they influenced you?
I could list so many surfers who inspire me and a lot of it looks nothing like how I surf. It changes all the time so it’s really hard to give a lot of names so I’ll just say Torren Martyn, Rob Machado, Steph, Craig Anderson, Chippa, Yago Dora, Gerry Lopez etc.
You’ve been described as a bit of a free surfing “prodigy”, have you ever felt burdened by expectations?
No, other people’s expectations never bother me.
Could you tell us a bit more about the new video? What was the idea behind it and who was involved in making it happen?
This new one is for the release of an FCS Christenson twin fin/keel. My friend Jackson Jones got all the footage and the FCS team put it together.
What surf locations did you pick for the video?
We were just down the south coast of New South Wales for a few days and whenever I thought waves looked fun for a twin fin, I took it out for a cruise.
Could you tell us a bit more about the twin fin surfboard you used?
The one I used in this is the Christenson Fish and has a pretty flat rocker and proper twin outline. Carries a lot of speed over sections that other boards lose speed on.
What other surfboards are you riding a lot at the moment?
I’ve got a full quiver of Channel Island boards that cover all the conditions.
Do you have any sentimental old surfboards on the wall at home?
I had an old board that I loved which had Kurt Cobain on it, I snapped it in Indo and left it with locals to hang in Warung.
Can you tell us about the Raglan surf trip in New Zealand and ‘Away From The Numbers’ video? Who’s idea was it to use ‘Betty Blue’ in the intro?
I loved the movie and the music from it then wanted to get an image of Beatrice on one of my surfboards and then it all sort of fitted together from there.
Have you ever considered competing or joining the tour?
Tell us about your favourite surf breaks ‘Home and Away’?
Anywhere in Indo, but mainly anywhere that isn’t too crowded or where there’s dickheads trying to take every wave.
Is there anywhere you haven’t surfed yet, that’s on your bucket list?
Do you have any free surfing secrets?
I have no secrets or ideas about free surfing or surfing in general other than to surf in the way that makes you happy and **** what anyone else thinks.
Are there any future goals you can tell us about?
I’m just about to start on an edit that is purely in Australia, because of COVID, which I’m pretty excited to start on.
Favourite movie: Taxi driver
Netflix series: Sopranos
Music your listening to: Nick Drake
Favourite Book: Edgar Allan Poe short stories
Travel hack: Respect locals and people in and out of water
Surf hack: Ride a board too big rather than too small
Late night gas station purchase: Chocolate
Favourite weekend trip: South Coast
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