Kameron Brown is a California surfer who always spreads good vibes wherever he goes and sometimes knee paddles out to the surf with a rod in his teeth to catch sand bass in the lineup at San-O. We recently had the chance to reel him in.
What was your life like growing up?
Growing up was quite an adventurous part of my life, for sure. I have amazing parents that kept me doing all activities, ranging from baseball to hunting. My Mom was always a great support in my sports life. She worked many hours and still tried her hardest to be there for everything. She has taught me many life lessons and I couldn’t have made it where I am today without her. My Dad has taken me on some pretty intense outings in my lifetime: hunting 200 pound European boars, lobster diving at 1:00 a.m. or simply home-cooked meatloaf for dinner. My Dad bought me all my equipment and has really set me up with the best gear for as long as I can remember. “Sponsored by Dad” is my motto! He is seriously the coolest Dad anyone could ask for!
When did you get your first surfboard?
I got my first surfboard in 2004. A prime eight foot red BZ soft top—probably the sickest board ever. I learned how to do intense coffin rides and really get a good trim going. That board took the beating of a lifetime and eventually faded to pink, and made its way to the trash.
What was the feeling you had when you first stood on a surfboard?
Who did you look up to and admire when you were a young man?
When I was a grom, I really looked up to my Dad. He took me everywhere and really taught me a lot of life skills. I mean, he is my Dad.
Of all the places you have traveled to, what place in particular stands out and why?
Of all the places I have ever traveled to, I would say that the Mentawai Islands are by far the most insane places to ever travel. The housing, culture, society, people, transportation and just about everything is extremely different then to how we live. The waves are substantially better there as well. If you’re going to travel anywhere for some solid surf, Mentawais is the place to go.
Tell us about the fishing pole while surfing thing.
I love fishing. Period. I fish all styles, from deep sea marlin fishing to freshwater fly fishing. I grew up fishing all the time and I guess I can’t seem to get enough it! So, one place I love to fish at is San O—shhhhhh, don’t tell anyone. I start out with my 11′ McCallum surfboard designed for fishing, a bait caster set-up in between my teeth and my lucky fishing hat. Paddle out past the surf, pop a squat and just start casting. This one particular day, Dave Allee from Almond Surfboards was surfing at San O and sees me catching a bomb set with my fishing pole in one hand and a sand bass in the other! Parallel stance is the only way to surf with a fish.
Who/what inspires you?
These are two really good questions. Inspiration is a big thing to me. I like to look up to people that really strive for the best in life. I have many friends and family members that I really look up to. One of my best friends, Christian Wach, really inspires me a lot. He has accomplished amazing things in his life and is still only 19 years old. I think he really believes in me and that really helps drive me to do my best in everything that comes my way.
And what inspires me? Life inspires me. We were given this amazing life to live on this earth to share love and really just be happy. Live life with no regrets and rise to the top.
What is the greatest thing you have learned in your life?
There are many great things I have learned in my lifetime so far, but nothing really particularly stands out above the rest. I feel that every little thing someone learns is another step to the top.
Do you have any regrets or wish you had done something differently?
I would say yes to this because of some harsh things in the past. But, really, I think what I did in my past taught me many good lessons and has really put me in an amazing position to where I am now. I have an amazing life and I think growing up is all part of the process.
What meaning does surfing hold for you and how has it changed your life?
I did not grow up surfing; nor did my family. I faintly remember my Dad surfing once in awhile, but really no one in my family surfs. When I first started surfing, I starting seeing changes in my day-to-day life and even my friends were starting to change. I think that with surfing comes a surfing lifestyle. These changes got me out of trouble and really got me on track for a good life ahead.
Who are some of the people you feel are shaping the path for surfing today?
Personally, if I had to choose just one shaper, it would have to be Robbie Kegal of Gato Heroi Surfboards. This guy has put so much time, effort and studying into what he has become today—a master shaper and surfer. He has been producing the sickest surfboards ever since I got into surfing. I feel his shapes are the shapes of the future and I highly suggest everyone to try one. He looks outside the bubble and really puts his knowledge to the test by creating new and improved surfboards that have never been made before.
What is in your current quiver? What is your favorite board?
11′ Jeff McCallum ~ Glider
10′ 6″ Gordie ~ Crusier
9’10″ Robbie Kegal ~ Crème Noserider
9’10″ Bing ~ Kameron Brown model
9’9″ Jeff McCallum ~ Nugget Chaser
9’7″ Gato Heroi ~ Psychedelic Noserider
9’6″ Tom Wegener ~ Hollow Wood Log
7’2″ Wayne Lynch ~ Gun
6’6″ Alaia ~ Tom Wegener
6’2″ Alaia ~ Jon Wegener
6’2″ 80’s thruster
5’6″ Chris Christenson ~ Twin
5’6″ Bing ~ Twin
My favorite log would have to be the Nugget Chaser and, for a shorter board, it would have to be the Wayne Lynch gun because I got tubed in the Mentawais on it!
Your favorite surf spot?
I live in Dana Point, so my favorite local spot would have to be either Lowers, San Onofre/Middles or Malibu. My favorite spot besides home would have to be either Scorpion Bay, Mexico or Noosa Heads, Australia.
What’s your favorite meal?
What are you currently listening to on your iPod?
The Kooks’ “Seaside”.
What are you most grateful for?
Healthy life, happy family, and surfing!
What’s next for Kameron Brown?
I tend to take my days day-by-day, but I hope to travel to many places in 2010 like I did this year. I hope to take many more road trips in my van to Northern California and Mexico. Australia will be my first trip of the new year. I will be traveling between Noosa Heads and Sydney, surfing as much as possible and just getting in a real nice, relaxing vacation to paradise!