Abby Brown Profile
16 year old Santa Barbara native, Abby Brown is a waterman who embraces all that it is to live on and around the ocean. A two time Rincon Classic Wahines champion, Abby isn’t only into the modern vision of what surfing is. Sure she surfs amazing on her Channel Islands surfboards and has done her fair share of competitions. However, you will often find her surfing on a single fin or Ryan Lovelace alternative shape where she styles and grooves her way to new artistic levels and feelings. When she isn’t riding waves, she enjoys being in the ocean and is also an accomplished prone paddle boarder. At this years friendship paddle she braved 20 miles before taking a break and then finishing out the last leg. All around happy human and Aloha sharing, Abby embodies modern soul.
When she rode a wave with dolphins and pulled into the barrel behind them in the Womens final of the 2014 Rincon Classic, she thought it was no big deal, although the entire beach went crazy. After being featured on local news she shrugged it off, and when the international media called wanting to interview her and run the story her response was, “Why?”
Q & A
1. Brief bio/ history / relationship with surfing.
I was born and raised in Santa Barbara and I have surfed my whole life. I started taking my surfing seriously about four years ago.
2. Relationship with Rincon: First time you surfed the Queen of the coast and favorite Rincon session.
I don’t really remember the first time I surfed Rincon, I pretty much grew up there. I remember my cousin, Evan, taking me surfing after school we would always go to Rincon.
3. Tell us about the image captured of you and the Dolphins from 2014 that became the poster shot for the 2015 Rincon Classic?
I’m honored to be featured on the poster for the Rincon Classic. It’s my favorite wave so for me to be representing the Rincon Classic is awesome. I’m also really happy to be the first girl on the poster.
4. You went from being sick and barely able to paddle out in your heat to scoring a wave with Dolphins that became a top international specialty story for a week. Were you expecting the kind of coverage that you received and what were your highlights?
At first I couldn’t believe it made local news and then the next thing I knew it was on Good Morning America and then we found out it had gone all over the world, it was crazy. I guess spending as much time as I do on the ocean I sort of take it for granted. But that day the water was crystal clear, the weather was great and the waves were good and everyone was there to see it and capture it.
5. Demi Boelsterli was around the same age when she began dominating the Rincon Classic, you have now won two Wahine titles in a row. Any competition or Rincon Classic goals?
I guess to just keep having fun and maybe beat Demi – Ha!
6. Best memory of the Rincon Classic?
Before I ever competed in the Rincon Classic we would go down for the first heats super early in the morning to cheer on our friends and spend the weekend at the beach.
7. What do you love about the Rincon Classic?
I love the fact that you have to be a local to compete (805), plus it’s great to see everyone.
8. What is it about our region that produces such great surfers?
We don’t have waves everyday, but when we do everyone is just super psyched to surf. I think that makes us appreciate when waves come.
9. Words to live by?
Keep having fun.
10. If you could be any animal what would it be and why?
Instead of my favorite animal I’m telling you my favorite restaurants: Rincon Elteno, Super Cucas and Petrini’s – hahaha!
11. You seem to ride all kinds of different boards out at Rincon. What are your favorite kind of boards to ride and why?
I’ve been riding a Piggy Back (high performance twin fin) by Ryan Lovelace and I love that board. When the waves get critical I like the Zeus from Channel Islands.
12. What is your favorite part of the Rincon experience?
Seeing the local crew in the water.
13. Shout outs?
Friends, family, PGSK, the CI Crew, Ryan Lovelace, Zeal Optics, Arbor Collective, Patagonia, Frazer Hazlett – The Work Place.
14. Who are your favorite surfers and why?
Dave Rasta, Clay Marzo, Trevor Gordon, Dan Malloy and Bobby Martinez.
15. What crew do you chill with?
The Crew from the CI Shop~never a dull moment.
16. Anything else that you wish to add?
I just want to say thanks to Chris Keet for putting on such a great event. - oh, and always be respectful in the lineup, respect your elders and the locals!