Patrick “Tupat” Eichstaedt is the most interesting man in surfing. A chance film session during a contest led him to team up with Mike Reola, co founder of …lost. He was there, often the man behind the camera when the Irons brothers were going huge and charging hard. Yes, Tupat lives vicariously through himself. He’s surfed, he’s filmed, he photographed, and now he creates. He has won the lifetime achievement award. Twice. His business card simply says “I’ll call you”. Well, it says that and now it also says “Poke Sauce Barron”. Patrick Eichstaedt is the most interesting man in surfing.
You’ve probably seen Tupat’s work for years. He was one of the original cogs in the …lost crew, documenting plenty of crazy antics. From growing up with a flight attendant mother to his own adventures in the surf world, Tupat has seen it all. Now he’s drawing on those experiences, mixing them up, and bottling them in Tupat’s Hawaiian Poke Sauce. But the beauty behind Eichstaedt’s rise from pumped grom to photographer to entrepreneur isn’t as much about the tasty sauce as it is the inspiration that made it possible. In his own words, “All of those years filming on the North Shore were my inspiration to where I am. The cuisine that I ate was a perfect match for my pallet.” It was Andy Irons who introduced Tupat to Poke for the first time and his taste buds went nuts. Those taste buds evolved with his travels and he eventually started making his own sauces when family and friends would gather to feast over a fresh catch from the local fishermen. Two years ago Tupat was given the inspiration to bottle those sauces up and after a little more than a year of development, voila, all those recipes came together to make something he’s sharing with the world.
Chatting it up with Patrick Eichstaedt about this latest adventure it’s hard to remember you’re hearing the story of the sauce itself. You’re simply hearing every step along the way that lead to him make it. He speaks of inspiration, friends, waves, travels and all the lessons they brought in ways that relate to all of life’s pursuits. “As far as advice for business goes, I think being yourself and being true to your roots will help in the long run of things,” he says. “Passion doesn’t just happen, it’s something that comes from your gut, heart and soul to combine for the ultimate feeling of expression. Inspiration comes in many ways that allow us humans to evolve with positive vibrations. Whether we are helping others, sharing, or just simply being nice to others inspiration is a powerful word and source of energy.”
An interesting man indeed.
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Editor’s note: This story was written with contributions from Zak Kipp