If You’re Looking For Dating Advice, Look No Further Than Chad Johnson

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If you’re a Bachelorette fan, you know exactly who Chad Johnson is. Given the name “Bad Chad” by fans and “villain” by the press, you’d expect him to be a complete ass in nearly every situation he’s in, but when talking to him about his dating life, I was pleasantly surprised to find that the reality star actually has a heart of gold — he just has a really big mouth.

“The fact of the matter is, all of the hatred in the house… Everything all snowballed from me initially calling the other guys out on the fact that they each walked in the door already pretending to be in love with a girl that they knew absolutely nothing about,” he explained, referring to his time on The Bachelorette. “People just have to realize that when cameras are around, none of these people are themselves, they have nothing to talk about, and the only way for them to make themselves seem good is to demonize someone else.”

Thus, Bad Chad was born.

“At first I thought [the nickname] was pretty cool until I realized that some people actually thought I was a terrible person,” he said. “I mean when you have 25 guys who all absolutely hate you, and are trying to ruin your relationship with a potential significant other and get you kicked off of a TV show that could lead to other opportunities, I’d like to think any smart person would want to fight back.”

True that, Chad. So how has his dating life been since the show?

“The one thing I have to deal with now is trying to figure out whether girls like me for what they saw on TV or simply because I was on TV,” he explained. “But I’m currently still living in Oklahoma so I already know everyone here and my dating life hasn’t really been that affected.”

The good news? Johnson is still on the market and knows his way around the dating world. We asked him his thoughts about sex on the first date, f*ckboys and various other situations us singletons face on a daily basis and he certainly delivered. Check it out — and maybe take some notes.


First Dates
“My ideal first date is something simple like appetizers and a couple drinks… If things are going well, I would follow that up with something relaxing like wine on the beach or under the stars. Conversation is very important to me on a first date and I don’t like to bring a lot of activities into the scenario that take away from the whole reason we’re here, which is to have fun and to really get to know each other. On first dates I typically don’t ask a lot of questions about the person’s past, future, goals, or family. I try to pretend that I’m already in a relationship with this person — I just try to find out whether or not I generally like spending time with them.”


Sex on the First Date
“I’m fine with sex on the first date. I think all guys like to feel like the girl wouldn’t have sex on the first date with anyone else and that we’re just so special that she made an exception. One thing for me is, I don’t like it when a girl specifically makes it a point to not have sex until a certain time when I can tell that she wants to have sex already. When you want to have sex, you should just have sex.”


What He Looks For in a Girlfriend
“I look for a girl who’s positive and likes to have fun. I want someone who can wake up everyday and try to make it the best day possible. Obviously someone who is beautiful, and, being that I take care of myself and my body, I also respect a woman who can maintain her health and image.”


F*ckboys
“I find that I’m constantly having to deal with the damage these guys have caused women. I guess that’s why on The Bachelorette I said, ‘Stay away from the nice guys.’ It’s always the guy who says exactly what they think you want to hear and act like the friendliest, best guy in the world, who have the worst intentions. I may come off like a jerk sometimes and I may be a straight shooter, but in the end, I’m the type of guy who’s not going to string you along and lie to you. I will tell you straight-up what I want out of the relationship and I will never cheat because if I felt the urge to, then I would just end the relationship.”


Online Dating
“I’ve done online dating and I know quite a few people who have as well. I have met a few girls online that although I am no longer dating, I still remain close friends with. Online dating can work, but you have to read between the lines. Look closely at who they hang with; Are they with family? How are they dressed? What’s their demeanor? A person’s pictures will always tell you far more about them than their bio.”


Biggest Turn-Offs and Turn-Ons
“My biggest turn-offs are a girl who doesn’t smile, someone who’s really negative, someone who can’t carry a conversation, and someone who takes everything too seriously… I mean we’re talking brains covered in skin suits standing on a carbon sphere spinning around a fireball. Biggest turn-on is a confident, positive girl with a great sense of humor… but honestly, a great smile and beautiful eyes does it for me.”


Relationship Rules To Live By
“Most importantly, I always look for a girl who has spent a significant portion of her life being single and spending time with herself. Getting into a relationship with someone who is hopping from one guy to the next is a big no-no and in doing so, you will never know whether she wanted you, or just wanted someone. In order to love someone, you have to first love yourself. I spend a lot of time going to dinner, the movies and the gym by myself because I enjoy spending time with myself. If I choose to bring a girl into my life, it’s because I want — not need — her in my life.”

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Cassey Ho Talks Living A Healthier Lifestyle & How To Get Motivated

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Cassey Ho has made herself into an empire. Getting her start as a healthy college student with an enthusiasm for Pilates, Ho quickly transformed her passion into a career when she started Blogilates, a YouTube channel dedicated to fast and easy workouts guaranteed to transform your body. From there, things took off.

Now she is the leader of her own fitness revolution and millions of health enthusiasts are following her lead, including Taylor Swift. But she’s no run-of-the-mill trainer looking to make a quick buck on your body insecurities. The 28-year-old has made a name for herself encouraging women to reach their goals while spreading a body-positive message, a hard feat to conquer considering the unrealistic expectations we’re are forced to stomach every day. So how the hell did she do it?

Below, the Blogilates creator spills her secrets about living a healthier lifestyle, how to get the motivation to workout and the food she just can’t resist.


How did you first get into the fitness world? 
I actually started doing Pilates when I was 16 to prepare for a pageant. I loved it and it toned up my body like crazy! So when I got to college, I was a Pilates enthusiast. I even encouraged my friends to do small sessions with me in the dorm lounge. Pilates is what de-stressed me from school. Soon, I got a job at a local gym teaching Pilates. This is when I truly realized that I loved teaching. I would walk in exhausted from school but leave feeling energized and happy.

What initial challenges did you face and how did you overcome them?
At the time, my dad wasn’t happy that I was teaching Pilates during college. He wanted me to focus on studying. He said it wouldn’t help me in life, but I rebelled and started teaching more.

And clearly you made the right choice! Let’s talk about oGorgeous and Blogilates. What was your inspiration?
Blogilates began when I created a farewell workout video for my students. I uploaded it to YouTube not really expecting anything to happen. Soon, views and comments flooded in and I was inspired to continue to make workout videos for people all over the world! That is how the Blogilates YouTube channel became the #1 most subscribed female fitness channel now with over three million subscribers.

Since I was a little girl I loved fashion design. I had a natural talent for sketching fashion figures and clothing. One day I got a text from my sister that one of my yoga bags was featured in Shape magazine! That’s when it all started. I quit my corporate job to pursue my love for fashion design.

What goes on at Blogilates HQ when I'm gone… #mannequinchallenge

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Amazing! How did POPFLEX develop from there?
After my first line, BODYPOP, I took a break to really think about what I wanted to design to suit the needs of my POPsters (Blogilates fans). I took into consideration all of the feedback from my first clothing line to create high-quality activewear that is affordable, comfortable, stylish and sustainable. My POPsters truly inspired POPFLEX and they still do to this day! My goal is for you to feel unstoppable, confident and beautiful in my designs.

How would you describe your personal workout style?
Short, intense, but effective! Between running my business, traveling and all other parts of life, it’s not always easy to find time to workout. But I make it a priority and I workout efficiently. I usually do my PIIT28 workouts because they are only 28 minutes but they burn fat and build muscle like crazy. My body has transformed from doing PIIT28.

What’s your favorite workout move?
Classic Pilates moves like the double leg lift and roll-up are my favorites because they are simple but effective!

What’s the most valuable health tip you’ve ever received?
If health and fitness doesn’t make you happy, then you’re doing something wrong. Living a healthy lifestyle should ENHANCE your life. It should make you more motivated in all aspects of life, not just workouts. When you start to hate your workouts and the food you’re eating, then you need to make a change. There are many healthy ways to live, you just need to find the one that works for you.

I know you guys have been asking me where my new sneakers are from and they are @reebok! I'm actually giving away my entire outfit (new set obvi) on http://reebk.co/CasseyHoGiveaway Good luck! Now let's talk splits. I've been working on my flexibility everyday. Right leg split is getting lower and lower but my left hamstring is still injured. It's frustrating because I've been slowly and carefully stretching it for over a year now, but it STILL feels super tight. Pushing harder will not be the solution here. Taking it slow and knowing my limits is the key. But it's ok. We're not all symmetrical and we're not all perfect. All we can do is keep trying. #BeMoreHuman #PerfectNever Thanks @Reebokwomen for my outfit. #reeboksponsored

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What health tips do you have for the “lazy girl”? How do you get the initial motivation to workout/start a healthier lifestyle?
Make fitness a priority. Mark it in your schedule. Think of it like a very important meeting you have with yourself. And know that you don’t have to workout for hours and hours a day. Even a 30-minute workout will make you healthier and happier!

When it comes to workouts, what are some simple moves you can do wherever, whenever?
POP Pilates! POP moves can be done anywhere because you don’t need any equipment (just a mat!). You don’t even need shoes! Same with PIIT28, the workout program I created that combines POP Pilates with high-intensity interval training. You do need shoes for this, but you can do it in the comfort of your own home or dorm room!

When it comes to diet, what’s your guilty pleasure?
Matcha (green tea) milkshakes!

What’s one piece of advice you’d give to college students looking to up their fitness routine and transition into a healthier lifestyle?
Have fun with it! Health and fitness doesn’t have to be boring. Find workouts you love and you’ll always look forward to them. And don’t be afraid to try new things. Pilates, cardio, weight lifting, dance – there are so many ways to stay motivated and stay in shape.

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THE HOT 10: SASHA GREY

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Sasha Grey hasn’t had sex on camera for five years, but she’s still a famous porn star. She’s well known because of what she was willing to do and what she’s done since. She’s got a new movie coming out October 2—Open Windows with Elijah Wood—and that’s just her latest work. She’s worked with Steven Soderbergh (The Girlfriend Experience), Rob Lowe (I Melt With You), and the boys from Entourage. She also DJs and writes—she’s the author of The Juliette SocietyMaxim asked the starlet about her busy life now and what comes next.

As an actress, my ultimate goal is to continue finding diverse roles that challenge me, that don’t fit a stereotype. I know this sounds funny, and there are a lot of filmmakers that I would love to work with, but something in particular that I would love to do is an action film. I would actually love to do comedy as well. I think people see me as so serious and so straight, and it would be fun to do something different. I kind of got a taste for that by doing Entourage—I want to go back to it.

If I weren’t acting, I would probably own my own Greek restaurant.

My favorite spot to hang out is my house. I really like to entertain; I like to cook for my friends. But it really depends on whether or not I’m in L.A. It’s a tough city. There’s no center or local meeting place. Plus, it’s not pedestrian-friendly at all.

My favorite curse word is fuck. I don’t know why, but it’s short and rolls right off the tongue. It definitely gets the point across.

The last person to see me naked was my dog, while getting dressed this morning. That’s really gross, and people probably won’t find that as funny as I do.

My favorite parts of my body are my eyes and my butt. I always thought my eyes have held a lot of power. We all have the same eyes on my father’s side. And I just like my ass. [Growing up, I was always like, ‘Oh, I don’t have boobs.’ I’m self-conscious about that. Then I was like, ‘Oh, OK, I have this.’]

A man can get my intimate attentions with eye contact. It’s true: Eyes are the windows to the soul. Eye contact is like a silent struggle of sexual tension, and it can be a lot of fun.

My girl crush is Carla Gugino. When I was a kid, I really loved her.

My most prized possession is my dog. He’s a Doberman pinscher and he’s adorable.

As for what’s next, I’ve been pretty wrapped up with press for Open Windows. Hopefully, after that, I will have some time to be in L.A. for a bit and start auditioning for pilot seasons. We will see. I also want to keep on writing, continue deejaying, and keep up with my photography as well, when I can. I just want to keep doing it all.

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ROBERT RODRIGUEZ RETURNS TO “SIN CITY”

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Robert Rodriguez knows how to punch up a story.

Born and raised in San Antonio, the 46-year-old director – and founder of the El Rey television network – doesn’t so much capture his audiences’ attention as he sneaks up behind it, throws it in the trunk of a muscle car, drives it to an undisclosed location, and spends a film’s run time working it over. With Machete,From Dusk Till Dawn, and Once Upon a Time in Mexico, Rodriguez created a new genre of film, part latsploitation and part hyperkineticgrindhouse. But Rodriguez also isn’t afraid to branch out. That’s why he took the job making Frank Miller’s classic comic into the 2005 hit Sin City. It’s also why – and it’s a tribute to the off-the-wall franchise that this makes sense – he came back to do the sequel.

MAXIM spoke with the director about his Texas roots and time in Basin City.

Most of your films take place in Texas…
Well, I live here. It’s a bit of a convenience, but it’s also just where I’m from. Stephen King writes all of his stories for Maine because that’s where he lives. You gotta write what you know. They usually tell a filmmaker: ‘Write what you know, write from your personal experiences first – if you’re gonna start out making films, telling stories, write what you know.’ So for me, writing what I know, I’m from a Hispanic family of ten kids. One of the first big films I did – probably my biggest film series – was Spy Kids because it’s based on my family. It’s about my brothers and sisters. It’s about my uncle, who was a special agent in the FBI.

The culture of where you’re from seems to be a major part of your films. You’re saying that’s intentional?
One of the things about my films – Desperado and the Machete movies specifically – is this sort of Hispanic identity, which again is writing what you know. We try to make stories that resonate with all audiences, particularly those who are Hispanic and others that feel under-represented. They see themselves as heroes and it’s cool.

Texas seems to be having a moment in the film industry. Do you think it just seems that way because the area has been historically ignored?
Yeah, I mean, that’s pretty much why I did the network. I was able to explore that and give people the opportunity to tell their stories as well. And there’s a need for it. There’s a huge market that nobody’s tapping into because no one knew it was there before. But I don’t really think it’s a trend. Rick [Del Castillo] and I have been here doing business here for 22 years. We just told stories; he’d tell a story using Texas because that’s how he grew up. If we had been from Boston, it would have been the same thing.

All that said, Sin City is clearly not about Texas.
I’m a big fan of the book – [Frank Miller] is a great cartoonist and I love the way did them visually. It was so stylized. They were bolder than anything that was being done in movies so I thought, this has to be done in film. It would really revolutionize how films are done, using 3D technology and a lot of special effects. It was ten years ago when we did the first one and it really blew people away. Since then, people have been asking for our sequel and we finally got to make it and it was a blast. It takes you deeper into Sin City, into more of the mythology, a lot more into the characters. Like I said, most of the other films I write myself, so this is a way to do something that I didn’t write but was a big fan of.

What’s it like shooting a film with so many effects?
We shot completely on green screen. People do that now, but back then – only ten years ago – it was really new. And now we wanted to use 3D cameras and push the visual aspect even further. It demands a lot of the actor because there’s nothing there. So you’d say ‘Umm, I know it feels like you’re sitting on an apple box right now but you’re actually in a car. And it’s raining.’ They just have to use their imagination. The whole thing is a challenge, but that’s kind of why you do it. It’s just an extra thing to think about and it gives you an extra thing to be proud of when you see it all put together on the screen.

How do you think 3D technology advanced the film?
This particular type of visual would better lend itself to 3D than other 3D movies. Usually 3D movies have so much on the screen that it’s hard to even know where to focus because there’s so much stuff coming at you all the time. This is so stripped down and graphic and abstract. Sometimes it’s just a black background, big white snowflakes floating around an actor. You can see the 3D much better because it’s so simplified. And it pops a lot more and it feels like you’re inside that graphic novel – inside this black and white world. It feels very immersive.

People were really excited about the look of the first film and they wondered how we would top it or make it look like it’s evolved into the second film. I knew that 3D was the answer. That it would bring a whole other dimension – no pun intended – to it. The whole thing is fun, from the making of the music to being with the actors on set. It’s good to take on a project like this because you’re going to enjoy the whole process. There’s a lot of work to be done. You start with nothing – you’re literally on an empty stage – and you have to build everything, brick by brick.

It looks like you have a ton of future projects lined up.
I got a television network, so I’ve got a bunch of shows on there that I direct as well. I’ve got a show on there called The Director’s Chair, where I interview other directors. That’s a really cool show. From Dusk Till Dawn, the series, is coming back. We’ll start shooting that for Season 2. Just shot the last episode forMatador for Season 1. And Season 2 comes back next year. There’s a lot to be done, I need to keep feeding the beast. [Laughs] It goes on all of the time, a lot of challenge, a lot of fun.

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MEET JOSH ABBOTT, THE FRONT MAN WITH TEN THOUSAND GROUPIES

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Sex and drugs used to share a triple billing with rock ‘n’ roll, but the balls-to-the-wall seventies are little more than a distant memory in the East Village and Venice. The few guys left standing have either recovered, taken TV gigs, or become Buddhist poets. Still, that doesn’t mean that no one is living the dream that Mick, Iggy, Gene, and millions of men shared (the girls, the benders). Country stars are in every kind of demand and Josh Abbott, the 34-year-old Texan whose entire act seems designed to attract women, is loving it.*

“When we go to play, it’s not at a sit-down theatre where people want to just and listen to life- changing songs,” Abbott says, with a twang in his voice where the swagger should be. “I think the partying is part of it and it sure doesn’t hurt when a lot of pretty girls go to your shows.”

On the eve of his probably exhausting new tour, Maxim talked to the rising star about his life of country-fried excess.

So you’re a good ole Southern boy.
I’m a good ole Texas boy, yes ma’am

So country music has always been part of your life?
Willie Nelson has a famous quote that says, “Three cords and the truth.” That’s all you need.

Is your life on the road how I imagine it?
For the first few years it was kind of a free-for-all and we were down to party every night. It’s a roller coaster, but I love it.

Does it take time to learn how to be that guy, the party guy?
It’s a learning curve for people to figure out the balance act in terms of partaking in the partying and constant drinking and drugs and everything else goes on because all that stuff goes on in country music. I think you just have to be grounded to figure out who you are and not get lost in all that. But I think the partying is just a part of it. When we go to play, it’s not at a sit-down theatre where people just want to listen to these life- changing songs. We’re there to promote a party atmosphere. We’re there to make sure everyone has a great time, drinks, dances, meets somebody and maybe get laid that night.

What did you learn?
There are times bands will invite you to after parties and maybe there’s some sort of get together afterwards or maybe just a big bus party after the show. We used to do a lot of that stuff while touring early on. We still hang out with friends and stuff after shows, but we’re not doing the house parties anymore. That stuff just gets you in trouble.

Can you talk about having a largely female audience?
I think part of trying to identify and market your music isn’t to pander it. It’s to figure out who your demographic is. And it just so happened that the music I enjoyed writing and perhaps the vocal delivery I have was more attractive too younger college females. So that’s the direction we marketed. I think it helps when we write these songs for girls about not letting their spirits get down or overcoming obstacles. On our last album, we had a song called “She Will Be Free” and on this new EP we have one called “She Don’t Break.” It’s all about this girl who gets down, maybe her and her most recent love interest are on the rocks but at the end of the day her and her friends aren’t gonna let her break.

We’re very grateful for the female audience because they’re great fans. They support you and buy your music and go to your shows and it sure doesn’t hurt when a lot of pretty girls go to your show. It makes life a lot more easy and fun when you’re on that stage and you’re not looking at 40- or 50-year-old dudes.

Is there ever a giant mass of beautiful women waiting for you?
Every now and then, depending on where your exit is on stage, you can run into those situations where there’s fans and beautiful girls that are there to say, “Hello.” But it’s not like the movie where I’d go “Okay you, you and you, we’re about to rock.” I mean you can definitely have your fun. And now that I’m single I do.

You mingle?
I will say I’m recently single and have worked pretty hard on getting in better shape and being a more well rounded, well balanced individual. I feel I’m gonna explore what this new dating scene looks like for me and I’ll just have some fun on the road at the same time.

Just think a week ago we were in Spokane, Seattle, Portland, San Jose, and Little Rock. Next week we’ll be in Orlando and Tampa and I think we go to Pittsburgh, San Antonio and Houston after that. We’ve gone to Detroit, Minneapolis, and I could continue to name drop, but basically you can tell from listening to all that that it’s constant chaos right now.

*A few minutes after Josh (politely) hung up, he called back to admonish me for not telling him I was a “pretty blonde girl.” He then invited me on tour. Talk about rockstar.

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The Hot 10:Kiersten Rich, The Blonde Abroad

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Kiersten Rich left a job in finance and the state of Cailfornia because she wanted to travel and that’s what she’s been doing ever since. Known to the internet as The Blonde Abroad, Rich travels the world and documents her adventures on her increasingly popular blog. She’s already visited 40 countries on five continents, but Rich isn’t read to come home. MAXIM talked to the Blonde Abroad (long distance) about where she’s heading next.

My favorite food is as a California girl, In-N-Out. Animal Style for life.

As someone who majored in finance and worked in financial services for four years, I never imagined my own life outside of a cubicle.

My most prized possession is my passport. I have one stamp space left, and then it’s full. It represents a huge chapter of my life. I see it as a reminder to never stop seeking adventure and self-growth.

A man can get my attention by being a tall, sharply-dressed Italian. The the surfer-type Aussie might also catch my eye, but it’s intellect, chivalry, and wit that get the date. Though, as many women can relate to, it is incredibly sexy to hear a man speak another language.

My girl crush is Lana Del Ray. I’ve always said she is my spirit animal.

My ideal date combines amazing food and adventure. It’s right up my alley. If a guy can teach me something new or show me a completely unique experience, he’s earned some major points.

My favorite spot is anywhere by the water. A lake, the ocean, a pool, doesn’t matter.

On a free afternoon I’m planning my next trip.

If I weren’t travel blogging, I’d be a graphic designer or pursue something in computer science. I’m a total techie at heart.

As for what’s next, I’m heading to Iceland in a couple of weeks! I’m absolutely thrilled; Iceland is a dream destination of mine. I’ve been in Europe for the past five months, so I’ll head home after Iceland for some much anticipated family and friend time. Then, I think a snowboarding trip in Alberta, Canada is in order!

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Can Sailing Be The Next F1?

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Terry Hutchinson
 is a sailing legend. The 46-year-old America’s Cup vet has been at the tiller since he was a kid and on the circuit since he was 13. But the former helmsman turned Executive Vice President at Quantum Sail Design Group is currently landlocked. He will not compete for Oracle Team USA in 2017 or for his previous team, Artemis Racing, which represents Sweden. The reason is simple: Hutchinson doesn’t think the boats are safe. He said as much during the last Cup campaign and lost his job over it.

The next-generation boats Larry Ellison introduced to last year’s competition, which use rigid wing mainsails and foil keel that allows the boat to stay above the water, are – to dispense with the nautical terminology – fast as hell. USA 17, which won the America’s Cup, can sail at two and a half times wind speed and easily hit 40 mph. That’s good news for anyone who likes to watch boats, but worrisome to the men who make a living racing them. These sailboats don’t sink; they crash. Though racing is more exciting for the technological changes (America’s come-from-behind win in San Francisco was nothing if not engaging) but Hutchinson isn’t sure the sport is better off for appealing to a broader crowd. He’s not tech-averse by any means, but he’s a captain: He worries about sailors. He worries about sailors not coming home.

Hutchinson talked to MAXIM about the future of sailing and the America’s Cup.

Just for context, how long have you been sailing?
I am 46 years old. I started sailing when I was three.

Kind of a while.
I’m the youngest of three kids and my parents would cruise during the summer on the Chesapeake Bay. Because I was the youngest – and probably the most annoying – they would stick me in the back of our little family dingy with the sail up and when would sit at anchor I would just sail back and forth with a long line tied to the bow of the boat. When the line got tight the boat turned and I would go the other way. I was a water baby.

When did you start taking it seriously?
Probably three and a half…. [Laughs] It just came naturally. By the time I was 13, I knew that I enjoyed the competition side. By the time I was 16, I was being recruited by colleges to come join their sailing teams.

So you had that going on.
Yeah. From there, I went off to Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Virginia, where I was a four-time collegiate all-American and I was twice college sailor of the year, which is basically the college sailing equivalent of the Heisman trophy.

How did you get involved in America’s Cup?
My mentor was Gary Jobson, who won the Americas Cup in 1977 for Ted Turner. He’s always helped me along. During my youth, the America’s Cup had a much bigger presence in the United States than, say, the Olympic Games for sailing. So it was always the goal. In 1998, I had the opportunity to meet the powers that be at America One, which was a syndicate out of San Francisco. I joined the team before the 2000 America’s Cup, where I was the mainsail trimmer and from there it just sort of rolled. In 2003, I was with Dennis Conner in Stars and Stripes and then, in 2007, I was one of two Americans that worked for team New Zealand. In 2011, I became the Helmsman and skipper of Artemis racing.

You were supposed to compete on that, which was representing Sweden at the America’s Cup. Then you were terminated. What happened?
I had a massive falling out with the owner of the team and the CEO about the safety of our yacht so they decided to terminate me. Ten weeks after my argument with the owner about the safety of the Artemis boat, the boat capsized in the San Francisco bay and one of the sailors was killed. It was a known thing that the boat was not safe. It was a tragedy. The guy that was killed was a good person and a father.

So you’re not exactly an advocate for the new style of foil-assisted sailing that was showcased during this last Cup and will, according to rules released earlier this summer, be the centerpiece of the 2017 competition. Do you think it’s getting safer?
Basically what they’ve done is reduce the size of the wings and the size of the boats, but they’ve allowed some more foiling control options for a higher performance. They’re going to be on-edge for sure because they’re smaller; there’s less drag to the wind. Think about a car when you’re driving down the road at 60 mph and you stick your hand out the window, in essence, that will slow the car down. If you have a smaller car that’s capable of the same type of speed, but doesn’t have the arm sticking out the window, that car is inherently going to go faster. The boats will go faster, and they’ll be more dangerous and on-edge.

My personal opinion is that people leading the event aren’t applying any logic or reason. They’re just trying to make something that is perceived to be cool and have zero forethought into the actual consequences of what they’re proposing.

When you were taking part in the races, were people trying to discourage you from participating because of the possible danger?
Yeah, but it’sa fascinating game. The 2007 America’s Cup was about as equal of a sailing competition as you can possibly have. And you know, we on team New Zealand lost 5-2 to Alinghi and they had a better boat. The 2013 America’s Cup was a lopsided event until Oracle got their act together and it wasn’t the sailors who got their act together, it was the designers and the people behind the scenes that figured out a couple things to do. They changed the element of drag to their boat and all of a sudden the boat was faster. They changed the balance of the wing and they were able to get more performance out of their boat sailing into the wind. In essence, there was nothing team New Zealand could do to stop them.

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