Nathan Adams is a California surfer/musician whose unique wave approach stands out even in the crowded line-ups of San Onofre, Trestles, and Doheny. Nathan is also known for his casual demeanor, musical talent, and noseride take-offs. We caught up with Nathan to learn more.
What was life like growing up?
I grew up in Irvine, California until the summer before 6th grade. It was a good place to grow up. There weren’t too many hills there so it was easy to get around on a skateboard or a bike. My street had a bunch of kids my age so I always had someone to play with. I moved to Dana Point when I was 12. I started surfing because we lived so close to the beach.
When did you get your first surfboard?
I think I was 12 when I got my first surfboard.
What was the feeling you had when you first stood up on a surfboard?
I felt more legitimate, because I rode boogie boards before.
Who did you look up to and admire when you were a young man?
I looked up to my older brother Justin. I pretty much did everything he did.
Who/what inspires you?
People who are content with themselves and appreciate the beauty in life. Innovators. As far as what – design, music, surfing, and beautiful places.
What is the greatest thing you have learned in your life?
To not take life too seriously.
What are you most proud of?
My progression in surfing.
Of all the places you have traveled to, what place in particular stands out and why?
I just visited Santa Cruz and Monterey for the first time and I really like it up there. There’s a few good right point breaks, and the scenery is beautiful.
What meaning does surfing hold for you and how has it changed your life?
Surfing is what I’m most passionate about in life. It’s given me something to look forward to and keeps me motivated.
What brings you the most happiness in the world?
Being a part of life and having good friends to share it with.
Who are some of the people you feel are shaping the path for surfing today?
All the people who surf because they love to do it.
What is your current favorite board? Your favorite surfspot?
My current favorite board is my signature model with Almond. It suits the waves perfectly at my favorite spot San Onofre. And also a 10 foot finless Doyle.
What’s your favorite meal?
I like to mix it up a lot but it seems that In ‘N Out always hits the spot.
What are you currently listening to on your iPod?
Breaking Away, El Pico by Ratatat, Pulp Fiction, Warm San Francisco Knights by People Under The Stairs, and Magic Spells by Crystal Castles.
What are you most grateful for?
Friends, family, and people I can depend on.
What’s next for Nathan Adams?
To live and to learn.