Sterling Spencer Interview
Sterling on winning the Battle of the Blogs and reaching a crossroads in life
The young Pensacola, FL native Sterling Spencer has carved a niche for himself in the surf world, and it has little to do with his surfing. Although he rips, people love (and hate) him more for his Photoshop and voice-over antics than what he does on the face of a wave. Pinchmysalt.tv has been the home for Sterling’s awkward creations. But it wasn’t until PMS won Battle of the Blogs this week that they truly knew they had touched the people. I met up with Sterling and his collaborator David Malcolm at their Solana Beach abode to discuss the monumental victory and the crossroads that Sterling “Centaur” Spencer currently finds himself in. [Editor’s note: please do not assume anything in this interview to be fact.]
You just won Battle of the Blogs, how do you feel?
I’m high on life. I can’t get down from this high right now.
Is it true that you’re walking away from surfing at the peak of your fame to be an entertainer?
I figured this is the perfect time to step away from surfing after winning Battle of the Blogs. It just felt like there was more important stuff for me to do. Like entertaining, I’m more into entertaining now.
What kind of entertaining are you going to do?
I was thinking more like TLC and Discovery channel kind of stuff. Like Kate and Nate Plus Eight—stuff like that. They could do a show like that on me and maybe I’ll adopt a couple kids and, you know, grow them in my footsteps and document it.
If you were to become an actor, would you be more comfortable in centaur roles in the next Lord of the Rings or Chronicles of Narnia movies? Or would you prefer regular human roles?
Probably a normal human being, because I’ve done the centaur thing for a while now. Just to do something different.
You’re pretty good at entertaining strangers through your blog, which is like a performance art unto itself. If you never surfed, do you think you would be using that talent in some way?
I don’t know. I don’t really like entertaining. It’s more just like the camera catches moments of my life.
We all saw the trailer for you’re new film Surf Madness. How close is that to being finished?
Our first premiere is Thanksgiving and it’s supposed to be free to download in December. We’re giving it away for free now since we won Battle of the Blogs for everyone that voted for us. It’s for the fans—all the niños.
You were shooting on location in Nicaragua for that movie, how was that?
It was awesome [laughs.] It was amazing, we couldn’t have had better people around us than the people we had. We just got really weird. Warren won’t even talk to me now, Craig cut his hair, and Nate is now circumcised, so it was a crazy trip.
Are you responsible for all of those things?
No, well, yeah. I mean, it was my fault mostly, but I wasn’t trying to hurt them.
I saw you guys rocking Morgan [Maassen]’s horse heads. How did it feel to be roughly 72 percent horse instead of just 50?
It felt wrong. It felt like I was betraying my humanity, but, you know, I’ll do anything for money.
What can you tell me about the ups and downs of PMS?
The ups would be that you’re always emotionally in tune with surfing and artistic value, but the downs are really low because of the mood swings from all the hate mail we get constantly. We get sacks full of hate mail—like potato sacks—that come to our door. They say things like, “I hate you, you smell like cheese, get a life.” We get a lot of stuff like that.
You get physical mail?
Yeah, we’re one of the only blogs that still gets normal mail.
You’re not afraid to make fun of people that might be perceived as taking themselves too seriously. Do you think that PMS has made you any enemies? Or have any of the people you’ve made fun of told you they thought it was funny?
I don’t know. The only person that still hates me is Jeremy Flores, and I love him to death. I just want to hug him, and kiss him, and tell him I love him, and hold him like a child. But it seems like everyone else hasn’t really cared that much. In the movie we did a voiceover of Adriano [de Souza], and I don’t think it makes him look like a hero. But I saw him in New York, and he was really nice and it was all high fives. I think he was stoked.
Is there anything you want to say to your fans that have supported your blog?
I would just say thanks to all those little niños and little niñas for voting for us. It makes us feel really good inside to know that people actually don’t hate us. So, it’s kind of weird being on top again. Because, you know, I won NSSA Easterns four times in a row, and I was the Gulf Coast Champion. So I’ve been on top before, I would say.