Wednesday, January 9th, 2013
Questions are left as written. That being said, some of you need to learn how to use Spell Check! - CF
(This was the first of many things for Dibi. The first fish she ever caught AND the first (and last) fishing trip (1979) that she ever went on. Herbie was so stoked for her that he got this amazing Marlin stuffed!)
hi Dibi. do you know anything about the 7 wonders of the world? i saw the history channel and it’s amazing! wondered what marvels of this world trip you out? - Brian Kendon
Dibi: I’ve always wanted to go to the Mayan ruins, perhaps one day I’ll make it.
Hey Dibi, how do you like to treat yourself? - Megan Fillmore
Dibi: WOW, it’s been so long I really have to stop and think. I think a real treat would be to have a couple of days off with absolutely no responsibility.
Who is Nathan new sponsor since Analog went bye bye? - Jimmy Duncan
Dibi: I think it was certainly a bit of a surprise for him, I believe he’s taking some time to think it over.
Tapatio or Tabasco? - Craig Barnham
What can we expect from Astrodeck for 2013? Stoked to see John John riding for you guys! Adeck is the best! Now & Forever! Yewwwww! - Wayne Bennett
Dibi: Thanks!!! We’re working on a new Wave Warriors, we’ve got a great team and it looks like things are turning around. It’s been quite a road.
read many times that Herbie emulated David Nuuhiwa. Who does he like in the current gen? - Troy J. Smith
Dibi: I’m not quite sure who would have ever said that Herbie emulated David, their styles were never anything alike. Are you talking longboarding, or surfing in general?
Why do you think Astrodeck has made it while all these other brands have gone the way of the white buffalo? - Jason McConnell
Dibi: Business success or failure is about many different things, it’s been tough as hell the past few years, but we’ve pulled together as a family, pay to go to work and hope that the sacrifices we’re all making will pay off in the long run.
Are you guys sponsoring anyone right now! I shred the gnar gnar! - Tony Cooksey
Dibi: By sponsoring, do you mean giving away free stuff??? That would be NO.
Who does Greyson the Skater admire as far as SURFERs go not skaters but SURFERS?!??? - Mike Klein
Dibi: Greyson is snowboarding with the Florence’s (John John, Nathan, Ivan) right now, and so I can’t ask him, but I’m sure after spending a month on the North Shore there are a few.
Is Christian angry about how people try to do airs now and think there bad ass or is he like “told you so” or does he not care at all? - Josh Lewisten
Dibi: “I’m stoked, I just want my commission!” says Christian from the other room.
So I never considered the Fletchers conservative. So is there something you actually are conservative about? - Ray Dilkes
Dibi: What’s your definition of conservative? I believe in hard work, the pursuit of excellence, monogamy, freedom of speech, gun rights, honesty, and loyalty.
Who gets on your nerves so much you can’t stand it! - Thomas Thornton
Dibi: I really try not to let other people bother me that much, it’s just not worth the investment.
Nathan goes down to Mex a lot. Is he fluent in Spanish? - Jeff Wright
Dibi: No, but he makes due.
Ever consider taking Hey Dibi to one of the mags and have a little advice column? I think that would be neat!
- Sara Jenksen
Dibi: Are you referring to a surf magazine? They don’t usually want to print the articles I write, so it’s pretty much clear they wouldn’t be interested in an advice column.
Hi Dibi! Well, this may not be the typical kind of question but I do admire you because you seem to be so fun and down to earth. So, as a mother myself with a boy-crazy tween any advice on how to slow down my girl? I’m afraid I’ll turn into an unwilling grandmother! Yikes! - Irma Acosta
Dibi: Wow, wish I had some sage advice. I think it’s very sad for most girls to have kids before they ever have a chance to have their own lives. It usually doesn’t end well for any of the parties involved.
What kind of dog is Mr. Buzz anyways?? Dig that ad he’s in with Nate!! - Jacob Cohen
Dibi: I’d say a Heinz 57. Nathan adores him.
Would you rather have the ability to fly or the ability to be invisible! Chrisstian already flies! - Kenny Laine
Dibi: I think fly, you’d be invisible as no one would be looking in the air for you.
If you were stuck on an island with Herbie, Christian and Nathan and had to resort to cannibalism who do you think would be the tastiest? - Andrew Tripp
Dibi: They’d probably do away with me first so I wouldn’t have to deal with making a decision.
What is your new yearz rezolution dibi fletcher? - Hector Gonzalez
Dibi: Get my broker’s license, study a foreign language, and run the company better than ever.
do you think we are better off with the cell phones and all new technology like social media or is our lives better with these things? - Matthew Truett
Dibi: It’s hard to say because it is what you make it.
Hi Dibi! What is a typical day for you? - Janice Terry
Dibi: I wake up around 4:30 AM, I study for about an hour, exercise for two hours, get to work by 9:15, and deal with whatever comes up, get home around 5:15 - if I don’t have to stop at the market first - read the Wall Street Journal and IBD, make dinner, read, go to bed, so I can start the whole thing over again. Sounds pretty mundane, but being an adult is mostly hard work.
DIBI WHO DO YOU WISH COULD SPONSOR YOU . ?? WONDERING. - Mark Williams
Dibi: I like being self-sponsored; I don’t want to owe anyone anything.
When did you know you were an artist? As a child? Later in life? Who is your favorite artist, only pick one please! - Jerry Gower
Dibi: I have always been artistic. I can’t pick one, I admire so many, but recently I’ve been very inspired by Gaudi. Herb and I would like to do huge sculptures that kids could use to skate, and Gaudi is genius.
Maybe you won’t like this question but I am curious. Is there a company and it dont have to be a surf company but is there a company that you think is a good role model or you think has been successful and admireable? - Dave Furlough
Dibi: There are plenty of companies that have done brilliant jobs at the business they’re in. Read the Steve Jobs book and you’ll see how a company changed our way of lives. It’s fascinating. I’m not sure I’d look for a company to be a role model in anything other than business, but you can read about all sorts of business titans and take little pieces from each that you admire and create the perfect role model. All people are human, and as such, have good and not so great qualities.
Is there an initiation to be in Herbie and Julian Shnebels blind Girls Surf club!! I want in! - Sam Weiss
Dibi: No, it’s completely up to the two of them.
Hey dibi! Christian never answers his own posts! Why he is hard on us! Lmao! It’s a two way street bro! Lmao! - Mitch DuVeille
Dibi: He just poses the questions and let’s everyone else have their say.
woooooooah fletchers dominate! heeeeeeeeey dibi! what is your all time favorite Surf Cover? Your dudes have dominated but do you have a fave? - Chris Diamonte
Dibi: No, I really don’t have a favorite. They’re like looking back in time, it’s been a great ride.
Do you like Mexican food, Dibi? I can make you a mean carne asada!
- Danny Cortez
Dibi: Yes, I love Mexican food, thanks, sometime that might be nice.
Would Nathan be opposed to wearing pink wetsuits now? - Kyle Brian
Dibi: No, I don’t think so, but I don’t know, I’ll try to remember to ask him the next time I see him.
Monday, July 16th, 2012
Questions are left as written. That being said, some of you need to learn how to use Spell Check! - CF
Do Christin and Dibi call you Dibi? We all call you Dibi! Hehe. - Christina Muire
Dibi: I think you’re asking if Christian and Nathan call me Dibi? They call me Mom.
Dibi what is the biggest whopper you have ever heard in your life? Just curious. - Marc Saller
Dibi: Hard to come up with just one, but the guy making “Astrodeck” in Brazil is a pretty big one.
What’s great about San Clemente? What’s wrong about San Clemente? - Jesse Grigg
Dibi: It’s still pretty small but there are way too many people.
Hey Dibi! What do you think about people who ride SUPs? - Carl Najvers
Dibi: I really don’t think one way or another about them; but thinking a bit about the question, I believe being outside enjoying yourself, no matter how, improves the quality of your life.
Hi Dibi. How are you? My question is: What music are you currently listening to Dibi? And what is Christian , Herbie, Nathan listening to? I’m such a big fan of your family! - Dick Brennan
Dibi: I like lots of different music, but Koko Taylor always works. Herb’s a big blues guy, Christian likes East Coast hardcore, and Nathan is traveling so much it’s hard to say. Thanks for the support, it’s very nice.
Do you believe in evolution Dibi? - Stephen McCranells
Dibi: I don’t quite understand what you’re asking. Do you mean the theory of evolution or is there a God??
Who do you think is overrated as far as media attention? - Jon Paxter
Dibi: How about the Kardashians and every other reality star?
So why is Herbie going into the Twilight Zone? (In regards to the Pod picture) - Danny Jones
Dibi: Lot’s of old injuries are really bothering him, so he’s trying some alternatives that seem to be helping.
We know Nathan is a wave killer! What is your sense of a big thrill or adventure? - Jim Cooley
Dibi: I used to do quite a lot of things that were pretty adventuresome, but as I run the business now, there just isn’t time to do anything at present but work. That’s the big adventure, can I pull it? Odds are pretty tough, but I don’t care if I die in the warehouse, I’m doing this no matter what!!
In your opinion, Dibi, what makes you a different kind of mother? What makes you a typical mother? Great job on “Hey Dibi” by the way. - Sandra Neuman
Dibi: I don’t know if anything makes me different. I’m driven and very demanding of myself, and completely devoted to my family.
Christian and Nathan are so sexy! Do they have gf’s? - Meredith Sanchez
Dibi: Yes, they both have girlfriends.
Hey Dibi, are you still writing for Juice? - Jaime Araquelaz
Dibi: Yes, I just did an article about the beginning of aerial surfing, that none of the surf magazines thought was current, important, informative, or whatever enough to print. I love working with Juice, they’re great!
If a producer approached you guys about doing a Reality show would you do it? - Sam Ruetger
Dibi: NO, NO, NO!!!>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>
Hey Dibi who was Herbie sponsored by in the 60s-70s when he was coming into his own? i mean his main sponsor? - Phil Loeng
Dibi: There was really no such thing at that time. Things sure have changed.
Back then it was the 2 Christians. Fletcher or hosoi. Those homeys still kick it together? - Brian Sargento
Dibi: They see each other occasionally at skate events that Greyson is in. But, otherwise, they don’t have much contact.
Its weird cause when you think about it Nathan’s contemporaries are people like slater whos only a couple years older than him but Nathan surfs as good if not better than these so called hot groms of today! Whats his secret? - Roger Hael
Dibi: He loves what he’s doing, and has been very fortunate. I’m very happy for him.
You seem like an open book. In fact all of the Fletchers seem like an open book. But is there anything you are reluctant to talk about when the subject is brought up? - Craig Sabo
Dibi: There are plenty of things that I believe should be kept private and I do keep them that way. But I have strong opinions about a lot of things and I’m not afraid to express them. They’re just opinions.
Do you think Greyson will ever do another show and return to acting? Maybe a movie? - Nathan Vernes
Dibi: You never can tell what may happen in the future, but as far as I know, I certainly don’t think so.
Hey Dibi. What do you know now that you didn’t before? And what myth do you debunk that you believed to be true? - Josh Rosen
Dibi: It’s difficult to say, I’ve changed in so many ways over the years, and of course I’ve also stayed the same. I think I was more of an optimist when I was young, like all kids, and now I’m a realist. Life has a way of forcing truths on you and it changes your perspective. It’s all a fascinating experience.
Do you agree when people call your family the Royal Family of Surf? I do! Who else could compare? - Henry Saltz
Dibi: People want to put labels on everything, it keeps things safe and tidy. I don’t pay much attention though, as most labels are more about surface then substance.
Any advice to a gal who’s just had it up to HERE ^^^^^ with her back talking smart ass 16 year old son? You being the mother of Christian Fletcher, I thought I’d ask for some advice. - Eva Marie
Dibi: Wow, sorry to hear your having a tough time. Every situation is so different, I’d hate to just throw out some trite suggestion not knowing anything about the circumstances. Being a Mom is the most difficult job, remember to stay calm and dispassionate even though you may want to kick something when dealing with inappropriate behavior. If you engage you’re just aggravating an already bad situation. You can cry in your room later if you want, or beat a punching bag, whatever, but be cool, I think that will really help.
OK RANDOM DIBI & NO DISREPSECT BUT YOU EVER GET INTO A CHIC FIGHT OR BRAWL? LMAO! - Hector Reyes
Dibi: No, my sister used to hit me, I’m not into it. I think there are certainly other ways to settle my problems.
What is your favorite sweet treat? dessert? - Joe Vise
Dibi: As a kid I always loved coffee ice cream with hot fudge and Spanish peanuts on the top. Haven’t had it in years, but it still sounds good.
Hey I remeber as a grom you guys sold Astrodeck Xmas stockigns filled with decals and mini bat pads and shit. You think you gonna bring that back again? - Tony Wagner
Dibi: Wow, that’s great, I haven’t thought about that in a long time. I’d love to do something like that again but I no longer have the sales force to make it successful, so I don’t see it happening any time soon.
Anything you wanna clear the air about? I want everyone to know that I’m not gay. - Garrett Schriber
Dibi: No, not really. I think people have a lot of misconceptions about us, but I’m good with the people that know me and that’s what counts.
Greyson’s on a tear! How’s he liking Flip? Heard he wasn’t stoked with Creatures! - Marvin Cecil
Dibi: I think he’s a good fit with Flip, and they’ve been great to work with.
Hey Dibi, do you think it takes a kind of discipline and structure to be a surfer on the World Tour and do you think, being the free-thinking individuals that they are (much like Mom & dad? Hmmm), this is an area that Christian and Nathan wouldn’t excel at due to the regime? - Matt Dunn
Dibi: It does take a certain type of person to be on tour constantly, and I have respect for all the guys that do it, but Christian and Nathan made choices on how they wanted to live their lives and they’re stoked, so I guess the freedom works well for them.
Dibi just tell Christian he has the best Facebook page ever and I always look forward to his posts!!! Yew!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! - Scott P. Ensele
Dibi: Thanks, I’ll tell him. I enjoy it also.
Nathan said that Herbie was like a Soccer Dad in how he told him to surf, what to wear, etc. Do you agree? - Dillon Reed
Dibi: No, I think he was just a Dad. All kids have far-out opinions on how their parents behaved.
Friday, January 13th, 2012
Dibi's Russian contact Oleg was able to get Dibi a spot on Russian News TV as their American Guest Correspondent. Dibi will update Russian viewers on everything from American politics to pop culture.
Questions are left as written. That being said, some of you need to learn how to use Spell Check! - CF
Hi Dibi, what do you think of the whole Bobby Martinez debacle? I’ve heard a lot of different opinions on the whole matter and was curious on what you thought. Personally, I think Bobby needs to suck it up and stop acting like he’s some kind of martyr or victim. - Rob Gallagher
Dibi: I always find it interesting that when you have the great good fortune to get paid to go outside and play, there’s some guys that still find a lot to complain about. Wow, I’m grateful to work in the back of the Astrodeck warehouse packing boxes.
Do you think having surfers who have sponsors such as Target, Toyota, etc. is great for the overall sport and visibility of surfing as far as mainstream appeal? - Carol Sendry
Dibi: When I was young, guys couldn’t afford to surf as a profession, and now with the big sponsors they have a chance to travel the globe in search of waves, so I’d say the upside to those fortunate enough to get the chance has been incredible. The downside are the crowds that are now everywhere. But progress is always both sides of the coin.
Hi Dibi, any chance of getting one of those Wave Warriors t-shirts I saw Slater and Machado wearing at that Wave Warriors photo shoot? Do you guys sell them anywhere? - Kyle Brown
Dibi: Those were for the photo shoot exclusively, but we’re printing ones that are very similar and they will soon be available on our website www.astrodeck.com
Are stereotypes of surfers justified? Or do you think they’re insulting? You know, blonde, sunburnt, unemployed, living in a van, smoking weed all the time, etc. - Adam Wheeler
Dibi: To me, stereotypes are a lazy person’s way of marginalizing people.
Hello Dibi Fletcher! I know Walter is your father and I think he’s great! I am a friend of Anthony Edwards and would see Walter jump in the water nearly every evening in Capo Beach out in front of his house. How is he holding up? And sorry to hear about Flippy. - Nick Randazzo
Dibi: My Dad’s great, thanks for asking. He still works full time, surfs, and plays his ukulele.
Why can’t I buy Astrodeck slippers anywhere on Maui yet?!?! I ordered a pair 4 months ago and they really are the BEST, most comfortable slippers EVER! & they are really durable too! They are still like new after wearing them everyday for 3 months(they don’t get smelly either)! I’ll rep them for free & get em in shops here just so I can buy more! Aloha! - Robby Webb
Dibi: That’s really nice, thanks, we’re proud of the products we make. Maui’s pretty locked up by the “big” guys and they don’t want any of the shops to carry our goods. So, I guess you’ll just have to order direct, sorry.
Hi Dibi. I would think you’ve been though a lot as Christian and Nathan’s mother as well as a person just living through these times with economy, terrorism, environment, etc. But still do things “SHOCK” or surprise you any more? - Chris Spiers
Dibi: Sometimes I get a little jolt, but mostly human natures seems to repeat itself. I try to be positive, laugh a lot, and be grateful!!
I’ve never seen a photo of Julian Schnabel surf but I’ve heard he does. Does Herb have any film or pics of the guy surfing? - Grant Knoxe
Dibi: Yes, Herb has plenty. They’ve surfed together at many different spots, and Julian is a natural.
Who is going to be in the new Wave Warriors movie? - Felipe Zamora
Dibi: Ah, that remains to be seen. It will depend on the footage we’re able to gather. With everyone traveling with camera men now, there is so much amazing film that it will be quite a job to pick through it.
Hey Dibi, I’m worried about my 5-year-old son. I’ll call him “Joey”. I received a note from school saying that he has been chasing all the girls around the playground, trying to pin them down and kiss them. I can’t help but feel a bit alarmed about this behavior. Am I overreacting? - Tracy Lindstrum
Dibi: You’re being asked by the school to put a stop to the behavior. Boundaries are the most difficult job of a parent, but also the most important in the longrun. I wish you the best at picking the right words to say in the right manner so Joey hears the message.
Does Julian Wilson ride for Astrodeck? He blasted about his pads on twitter so I was wondering is all. - Ryan Schweitzer
Dibi: He loves the pads, and we wish we could afford him. But, as it is, he goes to the local surf shop and buys them. Maybe that says something very interesting about the quality of Astrodeck?
Describe the worst girlfriend Christian ever brought home. - John Winchester
Dibi: I’d really rather not, it’s all water under the bridge now and things are great!!
hi Dibi I have been reading hey dibi for awhile and like it but i don’t think i have ever read a question where they ask you who your favorite artist is??? - Danny Regis
Dibi: I don’t have one; I hate to limit myself. It’s kind of like asking what dance I like best and I always thought the right answer is, the one that I am doing at the time.
what was christian like as a 2yr old? - Christine Crispell
Dibi: Fearless, inquisitive, funny, precocious and adorable.
Does Joyce still surf? - Bobby Gray
Dibi: She does a lot of stand up now with the cold weather, and surf’s more in the summer.
Hey Dibi. does it scare you to see Nathan riding HUGE waves? you have a very talented family. - Scott John
Dibi: Nathan feels very comfortable and loves what he’s doing. No matter what I feel, it’s my job to keep it to myself.
Hey Dibi, were you disappointed that Love Burger in San Clemente was closed down? - James Gonzales
Dibi: I don’t eat burgers, so I was never really aware of it one way or the other to be honest. The guys go to a few different burger joints so I assume there are still plenty around.
Wich son gave you the biggest headache? And why….
- Ricard Oliveira
Dibi: I learned so much from each of them, I wouldn’t be who I am without all the things I’ve gone through. I’m grateful to them both for helping me grow up.
haha who did C get his sharp tongue from? - Piu De
Dibi: I would say that he certainly has a lot of my family traits, and the gift of gab seems to be one.
When I was a kid and my parents lectured me it went in one ear and out the other. I was like yah yah yah! You guys nag so much! Now as a father of 1 preteen and 2 teenagers, I find myself lecturing them all the time. Lol. Was that the same way for you Dibi? - Mike Stillman
Dibi: I’m sure that’s the way they took it, but as they are older now, we all laugh about it a lot. Lecturing seems to come with the territory. Being a parent is one hell of a hard job; good luck and I hope that underneath the “yah, yah, yah” attitude, your kids are smart enough to realize how much you care.
Was Bruce on something when you interviewed him? The interview is f–king funny as hell! Great job! - Sergio Argumosa
Dibi: I’ve had the good fortune to interview Bruce quite a few times over the years, and he’s always over the top, animated! He’s one of my favorite people to ask questions - the answers are always unscripted and genuine traits I admire.
Do you remember escorting Christian to high school one day? All the guys well and girls were like blown away! Hot mama!:)-I remember pumps and a skirt! Lol… The things we remember… - Michelle Patterson
Dibi: Of course I remember. Christian and I reminisce about the parent escort day occasionally and get quite a laugh out of it.
Hey Dibi. How are you? I enjoy your interviews with Juice Magazine and your DSide Interviews and Hey Dibi here. Christian has mentioned that you also write for some French and Japanese magazines. Are you now on the creative outlet as writer rather than scuptor/painter now? Also, any chance of getting those links to those interviews? Thanks! - Ivan Muir
Dibi: I wish I had time to do everything, but I work so much that the writing seems to have taken over. I’m lucky to have the opportunity to know such an interesting assortment of characters, and I feel that being a woman and a Hoffman-Fletcher gives me a bit of a different slant on surfing than most of the other writers. Christian doesn’t post links unless they’re
available with translation, but whenever somethings available I’ll try to make sure it gets posted. Thanks for the interest, I sincerely appreciate it.
Greyson’s calendar is great! I read that all proceeds go to charity so I wanna know why he picked the Unicorn Existence Foundation rather than maybe the Surfrider Foundation or PETA? - Karen Van Buren
Dibi: Hey, it’s Greyson pick.
Hi Dibi! Dibi, you’re way better than Dr. Phil! - Bob Cooney
Dibi: Thanks. A bit more random and humorous, I hope. But it’s great that people seem to enjoy it.
Tuesday, December 6th, 2011
Am I bragging if I say that I think my kid is amazing? New video clip of Greyson and what he did during his Summer Vacation.
Tuesday, November 8th, 2011
(Photo: “What can I say? Sometimes you just gotta let ‘em take control!” Dibi Fletcher putting all trust in the hands of Julian Schnabel.)
Hey Dibi. My brother has a $100,00 student loan and majored in European Folkore. My dad suggested he get a job working at Starbucks or In-N-Out (they have great benefits) but he doesn’t want to and says he wants to go protest at Wall Street. My mom wants to give him the money to fly out to New York. My dad and I are against it. What do you think of it all? - Paul Orozco
Dibi: I’m with your dad. I believe in hard work, and your brother better get used to it or I guess he’ll be like the 52% of the population living off all of us that go to work. What a shame.
I threw a birthday party for myself a few weeks ago and I have to say I’m really bummed out with the turn out. Only about 9 people showed up when over 30 told me they were coming. I spent so much money on food, drinks, etc. Now I’m just really pissed off and annoyed with all those who didn’t show up but said they would. Am I just being a big baby about all of this? - Evan Mathers
Dibi: Bummer, but interesting lesson. Next year, meet at a restaurant where everyone that shows can chip in. It will seriously keep down the overhead.
Hi Dibi, how are you? Anyway, maybe you can give me some advice. My friend Mike really likes this chick named Karen, who I’m really good friends with. He keeps asking me to hook it up with him. Karen told me she has no interest in him whatsoever. I told him that she wasn’t interested in being in a relationship or as he liked to put it “hook up”. He won’t take no for an answer and keeps pestering me about it. What can I say to get this kook to stop hassling me about her? - Dan “Tweet” Bachmann
Dibi: Give him her number, it sounds like she’ll set him straight.
Dibi, my friend has a 5-year-old son who is obsessed with musicals and Princess Jasmin from that Alladin Disney cartoon. She thinks it’s funny and cute when he wants to dress like a girl and wear a long wig and have make-up on. After reading about things in the news lately, I asked her if Robby (her son) ever wanted to join the Girl Scouts, would she allow him to? She said she wasn’t sure. I don’t think she should encourage this behavior. Am I wrong? -
Dibi: Wow, beyond my pay scale, but I’d sure look for someone professional to talk to make sure I was equipped to deal with what might be some difficult decisions.
Hey Dibi, this is a random question I guess. Maybe a dumb one too. I dunno. But I see a lot of surfers, pro surfers, wearing t-shirts while they’re out surfing instead of a rashguard. Why is that? I know it’s to protect themselves from the sun but wouldn’t a rashguard be better? I think shirts get so heavy and floppy in the water. - Erik Sundstrom
Dibi: CF used to wear a wife beater while in Fiji, but it was just to protect him so he could use a front foot pad that he never goes without.
My father passed about 5 years ago and now my mother is in her twilight. Her mind isn’t what it used to be. I would like to be with her and take care of her and have the capability to do so. My siblings think we should just put her in a nursing home. We grew up with the same mother but I just feel like they’re being so callous about this. I am heart-broken. - Phyllis McCullough
Dibi: It’s a really difficult decision that all of us have to face with aging parents. I think the best thing for you and the siblings is to get together and discuss the financial situation because that, unfortunately, will be the basis for how most of the choices will have to be made. I think about how I want it for me and figured I better work my ass off so I can have some quality choices, and have the control to make them before someone has to make them for me.
Dibi I’m stuck in the middle between two friends. My friend “Jenny” lent my other friend “Susan” $7.00 for lunch. Not that big of a deal, I guess. But Jenny constantly brings up with me how Susan has not paid her back that $7.00. I said, why don’t you bring it up to her? And she says she doesn’t want to look stingy about it but that it annoys her that Susan has made no attempts to buy her lunch or pay her back. Should I drop hints towards Susan about the money she owes Jenny or just stay out of it? - Tracy Liu
Dibi: Stay out of it, not your problem! Money makes many issues completely insane.
There’s a guy at my work who wears too much fucking cologne. I swear, you can still smell it in the elevator. I asked him if he could ease up on it and you know what the motherfucker did?? He actually started splashing MORE of it not only on himself but in his cubicle, on the plants, etc. What the fuck dibi????? - Luke Gervase
Dibi: HAHA, that’s very funny. I’m at a loss, most of the guys I know don’t really wear cologne and if you already asked him to knock it off, the only thing I can suggest is figuring out how you can move as far away from him as possible.
Hey Dibi! I have a friend who also works in the same office that I do. During our social gatherings on weekends, he is a different person than he is in the office. He’s really fun and out-going but at work, he’s actually rather cold and distant and I find that odd. Or is he just being a good professional by acting this way towards me in the work environment? - Douglas Walther
Dibi: My work environment is very casual, which I really enjoy, but there’s so much regulation in most businesses it’s sad - but probably better for keeping your job in the long run.
Hi Dibi, I have a problem and maybe you can help me. I’m 17 years old, a senior in high school, and plan to attend UC San Diego next Fall. I’ve received early admission. My problem is my dad. He eats, sleeps and breathes surfing. All my dad knows is surfing. In fact, he wanted me to apply to UC San Diego or Pepperdine just so he could visit me and the surf. He is stressing me to join the surf team at UC San Diego and though I like surfing it’s not my life the way it is his. He is so extreme about it that he’s told me that if I don’t join the UCSD surf team, that he won’t be paying for my tuition. I don’t get it. Does he expect me to be a pro surfer? Why is he forcing his obsession with surfing on me? I feel like he values surfing more than helping me with my education. - Mike Mariano
Dibi: Why not join the surf team if it gets the tuition paid? There’s no free lunch, and it seems to me a few hours surfing in the morning is a pretty easy way to get some help for the things you find most important.
Hey Dibi, I have a cousin who just got out of prison. He’s been in the system all of his adult life. My aunt bends over backwards to work hard and take care of things. I just want to beat his head in the way he treats her when he’s out. Like she’s his slave, cooking for him, giving him money to go mess things up again. I’ve even told her she needs to be more tougher with him but I think she’s actually intimidated of him. It’s not like she can kick him out, he won’t leave, and it’s not like she’ll ever call the law on his sorry ass. I feel helpless in watching all this go down. He’ll be the end of her! - Terry Govern
Dibi: Too bad for them both. They’re in the dance of dependency and it’s really sad, but both being adults, unless they get help they’ll spiral through it to one of it’s inevitable conclusions.
Do you think it’s wrong that I pressure my friend to stop rollerblading? I just think it’s so lame and don’t like other people calling him a fag. He doesn’t seem to care. Why does it seem to bother me more than it does him? - Justin Roy
Dibi: If he’s enjoying himself, why do you care what anyone calls him??
People say that real loyalty is when you stick by your friends no matter what. So would you think I were an asshole if I bailed on my friend who tried to stab someone? I can’t get involved with that kind of shit! It’s too gnarly! - Craig Jasper
Dibi: What do people say stupid is??
Hey Dibi I just have a quick question and thought I could get your insight. I’m not sponsored by any company but due to an inheritance, I’ve received $104,000. Could this last me to try and give the WQS a shot? And if so, how long do you think I could travel and pay for my comp fees? Thanks!
Dibi: It’s one of the easiest things in the world to spend money that you didn’t make, a lot harder to spend what you worked hard to make. You could blow the 104K in no time at all or invest it and change your future forever. If you’re good enough to give the WQS a shot perhaps you might try to find a couple of sponsors and be willing to use a small amount of your own money so you have skin in the game and invest the rest to have something to fall back on.
Hey dibi do you think things like Twitter and Facebook just encourage people to talk more shit and say things they wouldn’t normally say to a person’s face? I can’t believe some of the shit I read on those things! People don’t seem to care about privacy anymore! - Steve Reyes
Dibi: Yes, everyone seems to want to be emotionally naked in public. Some of it is pretty disturbing.
Maybe I should ask you this, since you are the mom of CF! I am thinking of getting tattoos. But I hear people get addicted and can’t stop getting them. I don’t want to end up looking like an atlas map but knowing my personality I probably won’t stop after getting just one. So should I even bother? - Marc Voltaire
Dibi: I think they can certainly make life more difficult, and mine has been hard enough… I can’t imagine tattoos would have made it better. On the other hand, I think CF is perfectly happy with his. So I guess you’ve got two sides to the answer.
Hey Dibi. I’ve been married for 3 years to “Bob”. Recently, he told me that into our first year of marriage, he cheated on me with a random girl he met a friend’s bachelor party. He’s begged me for forgiveness and has said it’s never happened again. I believe him…however, it hurts still and I also wonder why he felt the need to tell me this after all this time? Was it eating at him? Is he testing me for a reaction? - Janet Reschlaum
Dibi: Interesting that he felt the need to dump the information on you so he no longer had to carry it alone. It’s nice that you’re able to forgive him, I don’t think I’d be quite so generous.
I work drive-thru at Taco Bell and I hate it when my friends roll up because they always expect me to give them free food. It stresses me out. I’ve told them to cool it but they think it’s hilarious to come and demand freebies. Why do people always expect free stuff for nuthin! - Gus Fernandez
Dibi: I really don’t know. There isn’t one day that goes by that someone or two doesn’t call and expect free pads - it’s not like they’re free to me, and I always wonder why they have an expectation that they should be free to them, but I guess that’s the whole premise behind OWS.
I am adopted and have never had any interest in finding or knowing about my birth parents. 4 months ago, I was contacted by my birth mother. She seems like a nice enough woman and we’ve talked every few weeks or so but it’s not like we’re bosom buddies. She’s asked to see me and has even offered to fly me out to Florida, where she lives. A part of me wants to, a part me of doesn’t. I feel so conflicted and also have this odd feeling of “betrayal” to the loving parents who raised me. Any suggestions on how I should go about this? Thanks, Dibi. - Devon Hoskins
Dibi: I think it’s a question that all adopted children face, and it’s got to be an individual answer. My biological father was never around and I found out years later that I had other half siblings, I met one, but there didn’t seem to be some long lost connection so it faded away as we went on our own life’s path. My life is what I make it and I really spend little time looking in the rear view mirror about what it should or could have been. The responsibility to be happy is our own. I don’t know if that helped, but you’ll have to do what’s ultimately best for yourself and accept the responsibility of that choice.
I’m so sick of hypocrites Dibi! This guy was preaching to me about how it’s so great to be a vegan and to hug trees and blah fucking blah. Then I pointed out to him that his sneakers were made from suede and his watch strap was made from leather. He had a big “OOPS!” moment there, didn’t he? HA HA HA!
Dibi: The hypocricy is rampant, from the millionaire Michael Moore supporting OWS to the global warming fanatic Al Gore and his private jets, Nancy Pelosi getting in on the VISA IPO while the House was writing the regulations, the list goes on. The saddest thing is that your friend is just a small-time hypocrite compared to the real winners of the BS game.
Hello Dibi! What a hoot! I’d like to know what is your first memory of money? Having it or spending it? - Kate Fowler
Dibi: We really had nothing when I was young, but I remember being really happy. I think the best was when we used to collect bottles and save the change to buy Popsicle’s for all the kids at the beach on Balboa Island where I lived.
My girlfriend chopped her hair off and dyed it jet black and got snakebite piercings. She looks way too Goth and EMO now and frankly I just don’t like this new “style” of hers. I know it sounds shallow and she has so many other great qualities about her but physically it’s just such a turn off for me. But I feel like part of a relationship is that mutual physical attraction and so don’t I have the right to feel this way? - Brady Cullings
Dibi: I think it’s time to start looking around. She is.
Hi there Dibi. I’m usually pretty shy and quiet. That doesn’t mean I don’t have an opinion on things but I guess I just don’t speak up when I should. I don’t know. I hate confrontation and drama. On the other hand my sister is very brash and loud to the point of obnoxiousness and embarrassment. Is one better th an the other? Am I being a pushover if I don’t say what I feel or is it best to just avoid problems and hurt feelings by staying quiet? - Laurie Ketthler
Dibi: Everyone has their own way of coping and dealing, that’s what makes relationships a mine field. I find it much easier to deal with open aggressiveness; passive aggression really blows my mind but it’s all a part of the drama.
I was watching that reality show, “19 Kids & Counting” and it’s about that crazy family, the Duggars. They have 19 kids, born and raised by the married couple of that show. Apparently, the dad made a killing with investments and rental properties so they seem self-sufficient and aren’t on any government assisted programs. But still, something seems wrong, to me anyhow, about having 19 kids even if you have the means to provide for all of them. What do you think Dibi? - Jim Curry
Dibi: I can’t imagine having 19 Christian’s!!
Thursday, September 8th, 2011
Just to remind some of you, I’ve left all the questions written as is. I’ve figured, why go out of my way to make some of you guys look smarter than you actually are and correct all your grammatical errors? Fuck that. - Christian
Dibi Fletcher at the Bel Air Hotel for Julian Schnabel's opening at the Gagosian Art Gallery.
Hi Dibi. Let’s say you were a famous actress. What would be the role of a lifetime for you? - Gary Moore
Dibi: Cleopatra - love the costumes and jewels. Blanche DuBois (”A Street Car Named Desire) - completely demented. Norma Desmond (”Sunset Boulevard”) - I’m ready for my close-up!
dibi I have so much respect for you and have read how you will never give up. But what has been a time, even if it was in passing where you wanted to just throw in the towel? - Joanie Reyes
Dibi: I have moments everyday, but about the BIG stuff, there’s no giving up, and whatever the hardship, it seems to have it’s own time schedule no matter what I’d want or prefer. Some things may take a day, a year, 20 years, a lifetime… but it’s all part of the process and I try to keep a sense of humor and laugh at myself daily.
Christian and Nathan have not been very competitive surfing wise but would you not say that doing the best and biggest airs or riding big waves is competition to? - Guilhermo Reyes
Dibi: Yes, they seem to compete more with themselves than with others. I think they love competition, but not being judged.
Will there ever be a Cabo Classic again in the future? Those were the days! - Scott Warner
Dibi: They were FUN! It was a time and a blast, but things have changed so much I don’t know that it could ever happen again, at least not like the originals.
I want to work at Astrodeck! I want to work with Christian! I want to work with Dibbi Fletcher! I will do janitor work! I will get all the pad scrapings and sweep the floors! Arrrrrrrrrrggggh! And I’ll do it all for free so long as I can drop the Fletcher name ha ha ha ha ha!! - Shane Jones
Dibi: That’s very nice, but, heck, you’d be taking my job. Janitor, picking up scraps, working with Christian, occasionally dropping the Fletcher name and doing it all for FREE. Sounds great!
Dibi, I am truly in awe of your artwork. Herbie’s as well. But there is something about yours that I am unable to express with words. I’m sorry to read that you haven’t worked on your artwork lately due to the daily routines we all get stuck with. Will there be any chance of a Dibi Fletcher art revival? - Bill Cohen
Dibi: Everyday is a work of art, and I hope some of mine will be master pieces. I’m sure there will be sometime in the future that I’ll be able to paint more, just now my schedule so full with work, writing and care taking I just can’t fit it in. At the risk of sounding corny, perhaps my greatest work is in the care taking and giving everyone around me the gift of being cared for.
Hey Dibi what area of surfing do you think has not really been explored or been given the attention it should be getting? - Brian Simpson
Dibi: I’m not sure, there’s really cold water waves in far off places, but with time everything will be available for mass consumption.
Sometimes I don’t even check anything else on FB but to see if there is a new Hey Dibi or a new Dside. But……… there hasnt been any new Dside. :( - Caroline Gleason
Dibi: I apologize for that, it’s been very busy around here lately and it’s sometimes tough to get the on-camera interviews organized. I spoke to Jason Jessee the other day and as soon as he’s around, we’re on. I’ve got a couple of other interviews planned and will try to pull it off soon. Thanks for the push.
Hey Dibi! 1 of my fave interviews with CF is when he said he took guitar lessons but he quit cuz the guy was teaching him songs like Mary had a Little Lamb! But he was pretty bad ass with Bloodshot and Mutliage so I guess he took those lessons after all? - John McNeill
Dibi: Sometimes kids don’t get the end goal; they’re so interested in the present. There are stepping stones to all learning and I learned with time how to present the material better, which is the key to teaching. So, Christian has had an ongoing learning and teaching relationship that goes both ways constantly.
Do you know who Greyson sees as a surfing and skating hero? Who he looks up to and who’s style he likes? Thanks. He’s a sick skater! Yewwwwww! - David Reilly
Straight from Greyson himself: “For surfing, I like the Florences and Bruce Irons. For skating, John Cardiel.”
How did Julian Schnabel and Herbie become friends? - Eric Muenster
Dibi: Herb met him in Texas when he was there for a contest in his teens.
Scandals, death, arrests, Dibi you have been through a lot being at the forefront of the surfing world and industry. What has been the most devastating, sad and shocking to you personally and for the industry as a whole? - Tina Greene
Dibi: I would never presume to speak for the industry. Family drama is always on the forefront of the things that I would find most devastating, like all humans.
I love your motto on Astrodeck! Function over fashioN! I am willing to bet that is a Dibi Fletcher motto even tho she is a very pretty lady i have seen on dside intro! - Paco Rohenaz
Dibi: I have guys call and ask for a pad to match their trunks. Dude, it’s not high heels!! I can’t believe that guys have bought into the same shit that drives the girls market. What a shame. I want to say, “It’s the traction, dummy!”
San Clemente and Astrodeck are pretty synonymous. As are the Fletchers. Do you think you will ever stray away from SC? - Mark Bollinger
Dibi: The taxes, overhead, and cost of doing business are killing us. But this is my home and my parents are close, so right now I’m staying put. But you never know what the future brings.
Fame, Money, Health, Family, Career, Education, Happiness… in what order would you list these things starting from what is most important? - Luke Hanson
Dibi: Health, family, happiness, education, career, money, fame.
Did you know you were going to marry a surfer or would you have been okay if he were lets say a chemist or businessman or teacher, etc? - Mike Smith
Dibi: I was so young and stupid, I had no idea. Sure am glad it’s worked out so well.
Dibi Fletcher! Nathan is a true hellman!! Does it ever worry you or Herbie that he may be pushing te limits too much!! - Alex Beck
Dibi: Lots of things to worry about, but that’s not one of them. He loves what he’s doing and we’re grateful that he has the chance.
Dibi who do you think is the typical Astrodeck consumer? Are they different from a Fletcher fan? - Kirk Wood
Dibi: YES! The Astrodeck consumer is a surfer who’s looking to have the best surfing experience, with the highest quality products, and I believe although sometimes offended by Christian can not deny themselves the best traction on the market to prove some point. Some are so offended they buy something else and end up denying themselves, I’ve always found it quite interesting.
Dibi I bet you were a little scamp as a child, huh? Heeheeeheee. What was your most mischievous thing you did as a little girl? - Jenny Lynnne
Dibi: My sister used to be quite a bully when she’d take care of my brother and I. She’d make us wait on her and do her bidding while calling her Master. She made me fill her bath, which, of course, I did with all hot water, I thought that was so funny until she made me get into it, YIKES, what a bitch!
I am your biggest fan. You are a beauty in my eye. I have collected what little photos I have found on here and online and have made a beautiful cut up collage that only glows with your outter beauty and I have copied and pasted your words of wisdom that portrays your inner beauty. I would like to present you with this and perhaps you’ll be so kind as to sign each area of my work? I await your response with the deepest respect! - Marcus Osuna
Dibi: Oh thanks, that’s very nice.
Dibi why did you not take after surfing like Joyce? Was it not your interest? - Chris Camacho
Dibi: No, I wasn’t interested, I was always into art and dancing.
Because the family is so popular and successfull (GO NATHAN TEAHUPO!) does it even phase you anymore Dibs? - Matt Sikes
Dibi: To be very honest, what most people see is the job part of our lives, not the same struggles and challenges that everyone has on a daily basis, so I think it can be a bit misleading.
Dibi can you ask Herbie does he think boogie boarding is legitimate or lame! - Trent Klevin
Dibi: Christian loves the spongers, and Herb put Mike Stewart in “Wave Warriors”, so I guess that’s the answer.
Have you guys ever been approached to do something and you were like NO WAY JOSE THAT IS SO STUPID AND NOT POSSIBLE! - Jim Carson
Dibi: Yes, a reality show!!
Hi Dibi what is going natha, c hristian, herbie and greysons favorite wave/beach to surfing ever? - Hiroki Noda
Dibi: i think they would say whatever wave they’re surfing at the time. They’ve been lucky enough to get great waves all over the globe and I’m sure they’re always ready for the next thrill.
Dibi where were you (in life, in thought, in your personal journey) 10 years ago and where do you want to see yourself 10 years from now? - Simon Hurell
Dibi: I was waiting. I’m not sure I can ever make anyone understand that. When your kids are having a tough time, your life seems almost suspended in time. Completely my choice, it’s who I am. I feel whole and strong now and plan on writing, painting, interviewing interesting people, working, laughing and enjoying the rest of life’s ride.
Wow seems just the past few years Nate’s getting a rep as a big wave guy! To cool! Give me kudos to him please Dibi! Thanks! - Lou Gomez
Dibi: Thanks, I will, while I pat him on the back.
Hey there Dibi! :) Is Greyson your only grandchild? And being in a family with so many men, do you ever long for a quiet, calm little granddaughter? LOL! - Karen Hedric
Dibi: Correct, G is my only grandson. No use wishing for something else, I’ll just do the best with what I’ve got and be grateful that they’re all healthy.
Seems like we just can’t get enough of the Fletchers! Dibi I have never seen or heard you talk but loved the video from the NY Times! You are beautiful and so spirited! - Julie Canter
Dibi: Thank you, I appreciate the kind words.
I always knew Christian was punk and pink is it! Love the pink capri story! Got a pic of Christian with those on? - Marlene Fritz
Dibi: No, he always wore my mom’s clothes to school so he didn’t have to come home, and I thought it was very funny, He just didn’t care.
Holy crap! When did little Greyson Fletcher grow up? He certainly is a gifted boarder! Tree doesn’t fall far from the tree, does it Dibi? - Ray Brughller
Dibi: Greyson has really been coming on. He’s surfing and skating better then ever and he’s terrific to have at the ‘Deck!!
Your family is awesome and I love reading about you guys! Thank you for always letting us get a sneak peek out of you Fun Fletchers! - Sara Yardmahn
Dibi: It’s been such a unique pleasure to have Christian and Greyson back staying and working with Herb and I. Never dreamed it would be like this a few years back. I’m more grateful then anyone can ever imagine. Thanks for the support.
Wednesday, September 7th, 2011
My family is featured in the August 28th, 2011 issue of The New York Times Style Magazine. If you happen to have an extra copy around, send it over to us!
In the meantime, here’s the online version of that article, as well as a video piece on the whole family (minus Nathan).
Click on the link below or copy and paste it to your browser. You know the drill by now!
Tuesday, August 23rd, 2011
Thought I’d just post up a few photos that Herbie took during our recent trip to New York. There’s no rhyme or reason as to why I posted up these particular pictures. But, then again, why should there ever be?
Melon to Fakie
This next photo is a little sequence of Gresyon.
Greyson killing it.
Wednesday, August 17th, 2011
Just to remind you guys, I’ve left all the questions written as is. I’ve figured, why go out of my way to make some of you guys look smarter than you actually are and correct all your grammatical errors? Fuck that. - Christian
Hey Dibi, We met a few weeks ago, I stopped by the Astrodeck HQ and picked up the Barney in white and we talked about your Dad and the sandals named after him. I want to try to stop in soon and pick up a pair…Hope all is well…Take care! Oh as for a question ask Christian, or maybe you know…In reference to skateboarding what is wrong with mongol? Why is pumping mongol lame? - Richie Newhall
Dibi: I asked Greyson for his expert advice on this. Greyson: “First, it’s mongo. Second, it’s push. And third, it’s ugly.” And Christian said: “It’s nonfunctional and tiring.”
This is for the Hey Dibi question section. My question is, Dibi do you think there are Hawaiian and Brazilian kids who rip harder than the OC kids but there never gonna be recognized as much cause of stupid phoney surfer stereotype? Or do you think they get enough coverage? Thanks. - Barry Blenkhorn
Dibi: What’s enough “coverage”? Kids used to surf because they loved it, now it’s about a sponsor. I think the whole thing has changed. And a lot of it? Not for the better.
Hi there, Dibi. Putting all family loyalties, history and roots behind, just for the sake of this question, do you think you would have been drawn to surfing as an “outsider” looking in? - Brock Springer
Dibi: It’s really impossible to know, if I put all of my past aside like you suggest, I might not ever have had the chance to go to the beach or anything else. So I really can’t say.
Dibi congrats on you and Herbie! Youv’e come a long ways babie! And you are still married to each other thru thick and thing! What is da secret to your success?? - Mark Hammy Bonaventura
Dibi: I’m not a quitter, and most of the stuff we might argue about, we already have, so why bother?
Hi Dibi. Do you like Christian’s tattoos or not? And does he have a tattoo that says “MOM” - Rachel Carter
Dibi: I really don’t think about them one way or another, but I am glad he’s not a girl, ’cause like everything else, there is a double standard. No, “MOM” doesn’t seem to quite fit with the monster motif.
Dibi and Christian, that photo of the two of you together…cherish those moments. Bruce Weber is a great photographer and he captures the moments so well but I think you two made it easy for him! - Alicia Hardwood
Dibi: Thanks, he’s really great to work with and I’ve been very fortunate to do so on quite a few occasions.
What is some thing you think people are wrong about you and the family? - David Flemhing
Dibi: I think people generally think we’re much different than we are. We work hard, and are completely driven, have quirky senses of humor that others sometimes misunderstand. But I really don’t spend a lot of time analyzing what others think about us. It seems somewhat futile at this point.
Christian, will your mom conduct any further interviews coming up for Dside or Juice? I’m a big fan! - Daniel Whelton
Dibi: Yes, I’ll do more D-Side. In fact, I talked to Jason Jessee the other day and he said he’d be stoked to do an interview, so as soon as he’s back down this way, we’re on!
Hey Dibi, do you think surfing will get bigger or smaller as far as popularity? - Joseph Miligiani
Dibi: Bigger, more crowded, more money, less SOUL!!!
Do you think Christian and Nathan would have made a name for themselves in surfing if they weren’t Herbie Fletcher’s sons? Not being a dick but just really wanted an honest answer. - Paul Gothard
Dibi: Their talent made them. We made it easy for them to go surfing, living at the beach, but they stood on their boards alone.
Dibi san come to Japan with you to i welcome hole family! - Junichi Nishida
Dibi: Thank you for the invite, I’d love to come again. I think Japan and its people are amazing.
Hey dibi I guess this is more a question for Christian but anyway if he could chose 3 sponsors to sponsor him who would he chose and i dont mean just surf brands but maybe a drink company, shoe company, you know whatever. thatd be sick if he answered thanks dibi! - Corey Jackson
Dibi: This is what Christian said: “Donald Trump, Virgin Airlines. But I can see no one treating me better than my mom. She’s always been behind me.” And he just walked out of my office laughing.
IF I NAME MY FIRST BORN FLETCHER CAN YOU GIVE ME ASTRODECK FOR LIFE? JUST KIDDING! HA HA HA IT WAS WORTH A SHOT!! - Rick Klievers
Dibi: Amusing. I wish Astrodeck made enough money to sponsor me!
Where can I get a copy of Chop Suey Club? Was it ever released in regular theatres? Thanks. - Chris Hernandez
Dibi: No idea. Ebay, Amazon? I’m really not sure.
Christian, please thank your mother. I really enjoy Hey Dibi and also The D Side Interviews. How refreshing and fun! Thanks so much for the wonderful read week after week! - Beth Waidmann
Dibi: Thanks for the support. I’m working on getting some more interviews, and as long as I keep getting questions, I’ll do my best to answer honestly.
Do you think online and internet presence has ruined surfing? By that I mean with live webcams, everything being sales pitch with websites, magazines being online and not working on being a good publication, etc? - Micah Tolle
Dibi: I don’t think it’s one or two things that have taken the soul out of surfing, but all of it together has really made it way less cool in my opinion.
Why don’t Nathan and Christian go on surf trips together? Used to see in the mags they always did with Herbie. Nathan still got a chip on his shoulder or what, man?!!!!!!!! - Jim Sullivan
Dibi: It was easy when they all lived at home, but they’re grown men now and it’s hard to get everyone’s schedule organized at the same time.
Looks like the boys scored some fun out in New York. The Fletcher’s sure do live a life we all “can’t imagine!” Where were you on this trip, Dibi? - John Van Houten
Dibi: I was here sitting at my desk working. Not so glamorous, but a necessity.
Individually speaking, what is your fondest memory of first Christian and then Nathan when they were groms? - Theresa Ohlani
Dibi: There are a million moments, thankfully, with both that have made my relationship with them extraordinary. It was all the little things; like watching them eat sandy peanut butter and jelly sandwiches that they wanted to share with me. Laughing so hard, milk would come out their at the table. Making cookies for them when they came from school to share their day. All the stuff that might be taken for granted becomes the memories of the best we’ve had together.
Why is Julian Schnabel so fascinated with the surfing world? He doesn’t surf. That ain’t surfing. freaking poser. Why are so many celebrities fascinated and claim to surf, it’s bullshit. Matthew Mcconaughafuck? That fat fuck Jack Osbourne? If what they do they think is surfing then FML! - Matt Downey
Dibi: Julian does surf and Herb’s made many boards for him. Yes, he doesn’t surf like Christian, but he has natural style and learned as a kid in Texas, where Herb first met him.
Does Greyson snowboard anymore? I remember him in old ads with World and Ryan Scheckler. - Drew Simpton
Dibi: Given the chance, yes. They just were focused on surfing and skating this season. I’m sure they’ll try to take a few trips in the coming season.
Didn’t know CF was born in hawaii. he play peewee football at sunset elementary? lol. How long he was raised here before the move to cali? - Koa Reynolds
Dibi: We had Christian in Hawaii, but moved to Idaho to go skiing when he was two.
Christian I see your folks name attached to John From Cin. what did they do? I know Greyson starred in. Thanks man, you are the Air Master! - Troy Shaw
Dibi: This is not Christian, but Dibi. We were consulting producers, and from the final product, I guess you can tell no one much listened to us.
Dibi do you help Christian come up with all those really deep and sometimes funny questions? Not that I’m complaining! - Jennifer Fowler
Dibi: Christian has always been different than anyone gives him credit for, and maybe now others will get a glimpse of what I’ve always known.
I ain’t voting for Obama again. I don’t know if I’ll vote for Christian. But Dibi? Hell yeah! Dibi Fletcher for Prez! Ya got a campaign manger? - Brian Friholtz
Dibi: Hope and change not working so great for you? I’d hate the job though, but I surely believe that we all deserve better.
honestly speaking dibi, if christian was not written that letter by jeff booth and etc do you think that really started the drug spiral with christian or he would have gone down that way regardless of the letter? - tony ortega
Dibi: I don’t think most of life is predicated by one event, but more like the compounding of a series of events. Saying that, in hindsight, I believe that Christian ’s drug use was part of a series of poor choices.
Hi Dibi, I really loved the photos of your beautiful mother. How gracious and elegant. I recall reading about your ballroom dancing as well. Is this another family gene much like surfing that’s in the family blood? - Helen Reynoldo
Dibi: I always took dancing as a kid, and got my mom into ballroom about 15 years ago. We used to go all over the country playing dress up together. It was a great time. But business got so difficult I really had to pay attention and just didn’t have the time to devote to a hobby.
Do you think there should be drug testing in surfing WCT let alone all other sports? - Brent Luchman
Dibi: Whether I think there should be or not, it pretty irrelevant. I assume it’s just a matter of time. Dude, the government wants to dictate what light bulbs we use!
Who or what do you not respect? - Clint Andreas
Dibi: I have no respect from the over-encroachment of the government on my civicl rights!
THAT ANNIE LEVOBITZ PHOTO IS SO F–KING DOPE!!!! Any more shots like that? Any of Nathan from that shoot? - Michael Spurgess
Dibi: The photo is considered one of the top 100 photos of the 20th century. CF lucked out to be in it. Nathan wasn’t part of the shoot.
Why CF looking for graphic artist when he has his own mom who is an artist! Step up CF come on dude!!!!! We’ve see it on Hey Dibi your mom’s the shit! Give her commission too! LOL!!!! - Eric Anthony
Dibi: We’ve got a whole new T-Shirt theme going that we’re all collaborating on, and I think they’ll be killer. Thanks for the vote of confidence though.
Tuesday, August 2nd, 2011
I don’t mind grinding the pool once in awhile and doing a layback. This was during our trip to New York last month, at the Chelsea Piers Skate Park. All photos were taken by some guy named Herbie.