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J.Lindeberg's Two Heroes

Laid-back, timeless and colourful – all attributes of our favourite surfer and our favourite polo. Like the icon our Rubi polo is named after – Porfirio Rubirosa, legendary playboy, racecar driver and polo player – Tony Caramanico has his very own unique style. Here, the famed artist and lifelong surfer from Long Island shares his relaxed attitude toward life and work.

Where are you, and what are you doing?

I am in St. Barts, a French island in the Caribbean. I am here with my wife, surfing and looking for a villa to rent. We’ve been here the past five winters, surfing and selling my art at a local gallery. I am also a guide for my high-end clients who fly in to surf with me.

What did you do last night?

Last night, we were in the town of Gustavia at Le Select for drinks and dinner with friends. There was a pretty moon and pretty ladies – a perfect end to our day.

What keeps you up at night?

Not much keeps me awake at night. I sleep well because I surf almost every day of the year. I try not to worry about things and move on. I like to be rested.

What do you wish you knew?

I wish I knew a lot more about the effect surfing has on us. We don’t know very much about the ions we absorb while riding a wave, and it needs to be studied. It’s like dancing with a wave’s energy. I want to know what that does to us.

Are you a man of routines?

My day starts before dawn, and then I head to the bakery for coffee. I check the surf conditions and then plan my day. Most of the day is spent surfing, doing my journal and taking care of things around the house. Then I relax in the afternoon, and in the evening it’s all about rum and dinner.

Do you have a long-term strategy or plan?

My plans are to expand my art shows to other countries and continue travelling. I would also like to do a book about my journals and adventures. My life has been quite a ride so far!

Any plans for tonight?

Tonight we’re going to La Plage for the full moon white party. It’s a moonlight dinner by the waves with my wife and friends. Sweet St. Barts!

Photography by Bradford Gregory

Collage by Tony Caramanico

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