With plans to explore the Channel Islands, Yosemite National Park, the Mojave desert, and the chuckwalla wilderness, Java Fernandez is no stranger to the outdoors. Recently leaving Portland and Nike for Stance, California’s newest resident, shares some insight into how he spends his summer days…
Who are you?
Hi. My name is Javier Rafael Fernández Gonzáles. But most people know me as Java.
Where do you live?
Yesterday, a moving company called Rambo-Tarzan moved all of my possessions to San Clemente, CA. So I live there now. -seriously, that’s the name of the moving company.
What do you do?
I do all sorts of things. Professionally, I work for a smart little company that makes the world’s finest socks. It’s called Stance. It’s really neat. Personally, I like to keep my life guessing.
Do you usually travel a good amount for work?
I’ve just started a new job, but I’d imagine I’ll be hitting the road quite a bit. Travel has been a big part of my work in the past and I’ve always enjoyed that.
With so many places on the list, where has been your favourite place to visit?
I’ve been lucky enough to have gone just about everywhere and I’d have to say that there is no place on this planet quite as spectacular as the redwood forest. My mind goes to amazing places when I’m there. An honourable mention should be given to Beirut, Lebanon as well. That place is something else.
What are some of your summer hobbies?
In the summer I like to spend time in the woods, ride my dirt bike, and play tennis. This summer is a little different because I’m having knee surgery in a week or two so my hobbies will probably include limping, stretching, reading, and physical therapy.
That is a bummer you are injured, when you aren’t hurt where do you like to do these hobbies?
I’m gonna have to find places for all of these things down here. I’m immediately planning to check out the Channel Islands, Yosemite National Park, the Mojave desert, and the chuckwalla wilderness. I’m also looking forward to riding my bike at Ocatillo Wells and Zaca Station. -but the bike riding will probably have to wait a little while.
You also have a great amount of nice furniture, do you spend a good amount of time looking for certain pieces?
Well, I’ve just moved into my new house and all of my things don’t seem to fit. If anything, I’ll be spending a good amount of time trying to get rid of things. You know anyone looking for an Oregon tanker desk?
What do you look forward to most about summer?
I look forward to sitting around a campfire, sleeping outside, and riding dirt bikes with my friends.
We heard you are big into BBQ’n. What is your best BBQ recipe:
I am a golden grilling god. They call me the pit boss.
Do you have any bands you are listening to this summer?
I’ve listened to Elvis Costello and the Attractions and the new Pixies album a lot lately. I’ve also been listening to loads of country and western music which is something I have never really listened to much. I’ve also been stuck on Morrissey’s Bona Drag for about the last 22 years.