The rise, fall and redemption of the surfing legend….Flea
I pull up outside Darryl “Flea” Virostko’s house that he shares with his mother and I notice freshly cut grass, I knock on the door and no answer. A few years ago this would have meant no interview, not the case this time as Darryl comes walking around the corner with a mask over his mouth “Man, cutting the grass kills me” he smiles while pulling an inhaler out of his pocket.
As we get settled in his living room, he throws his feet up and wipes his face “I love just chilling in my living room”. This is a much changed Flea of years past, Santa Cruz is a small town when it comes right down to it, and myself being in the surf industry and living through the era of The Westside brigade I was privy to first hand visuals of his rise to the top as a premier surfer. We get right into it and Darryl comes straight out stating his sobriety and how he has started FleaHab with Providence Recovery Center. He just starts pumping out information, but before we can jump into the redemption of Flea we have to first understand the rise and fall of the man now sitting before me.