Topsail Advertiser: How long have you been surfing?
Gail Robinson: Two-and-a-half years
What kind of boards do you use? What was your first board?
Longboards. 9’1” Southpoint.
Do you compete?
Fun only. Compete with having to work, not surf.
Dawn patrol or evening session?
Mostly evenings — but that’s changing.
Describe your dream wave.
Head high, left somewhere in the islands, undetermined.
Highest number of stitches ever earned in a surf session?
No stitches, just fin gashes.
What’s your favorite place you have surfed or would love to surf in the future?
Australia, Middleton Beach but too novice to get past the break. Go back to Australia and surf the East Coast.
Name two rules of surfing etiquette every beginner should live by.
Yield to and watch the better surfers.
What is the best advice another surfer ever gave you?
Cover head with wipeout.
Any shark or sea creature encounters?
One shark on the south end about 10 feet away.
What’s the best local storm you ever surfed? What made it superior to others?
Earl, and was glad I waited for smaller waves that weekend.
Who taught you to surf?
Took a lesson and just surfed with my son.
What surfing story do you never get tired of telling?
How much fun surfing is in general.
Would you ever mention your favorite place to surf locally?
Where my friends surf, and that changes.