Underground: Jeremy Sommerville
Sommy resurfaces to talk with TransWorld SURF.
By Aaron Schmidt
“Jeremy Sommerville is unstable. The kid definitely has issues.” Those words used to describe Jeremy. Once known as a young gun on the verge of blowing up (thanks to Taylor Steele’s videos), his “I don’t give a f¿k” attitude called bullshit on the entire surf industry and sent him crawling into his own little shell in Solana Beach, California. Time passed and the angst-filled teen wound up injuring himself skateboarding. Barely surfing, Jer was usually found nursing his latest 40-ouncer somewhere near the beach.
Now a few years later, Sommy’s on a different level. He’s off the sauce, surfing better than ever, and is super-focused on succeeding. Gone are the days of his aimlessly wandering around town with no direction. Jeremy’s a one-of-a-kind individual, and finally, he’s got his shit together.
State your full name, please.
Jeremy Dawson Sommerville.
How old are you, Jer?
Twenty-three years young.
Where do you live?
Solana Beach, California.
What was it like growing up there?
Really fun, always in the sun. Respect to the ocean was mandatory. There’re also very aggressive locals where I live. The waves were good enough to lay down the groundwork for my own unique surfing style. I thank my parents for living by the beach, because the beach lifestyle can’t be beaten. Hey, I did the same as everyone growing up¿hung out at a 7-Eleven and the arcade. Just like the waves, they’re arcades all f¿kin’ gone.
I remember seeing you in an old Taylor Steele video Momentum 2. You were that kid who was ripping on a black board, right? What have you been up to since then?
Well, that’s a heavy one because it’s more like, “What have I not been doing?” I wanted to pursue surfing to the fullest, but I had a lot of freedom to make my own choices. I didn’t have a manager or someone to really pound the big picture of pro surfing into my head. And I chose wrong. I’ve always wanted to represent a company who had the best riders and attitude. Sometimes things don’t work out, and it builds on your shoulders. I guess I was just lost¿waiting for something that wasn’t going to come. It’s tough to be a legit professional surfer. I didn’t think I was mentally ready to say “f¿k it,” get on the plane, and make it happen.
So I went underground, you might say. I’m totally comfortable with my home, family, and friends. I’ve been chillin’¿surfing, skateboarding, and having a great time with life. You know, change can happen¿that’s where I’m at. I’m planning on conquering the world, sound good? Sounds good to me. Who were your heroes growing up, and who are your heroes now?
My heroes are Todd Chesser, Todd Gilbert, Jason Ford, Shaun Palmer, and Johnny Cash. But on a daily basis, TransWorld’sskate videos inspire me to “go big” surfing. That’s the bottom line.
Where have you been surfing lately?
It’s wintertime, so I can safely say all the north-facing beaches.Basically, Oceanside Pier, Ponto, and Carlsbad, California.
Have you seen the world?
You can never really see the world, but I’ve been to a few great places. Thankfully always by the ocean¿I like turning red. The world sure is big, huh? I wanna give a shoutout to my peeps around the world!
What interests you other than surfing?
Riding my skateboard¿sorry, longboards don’t cut it. I like skinny women, motocross¿dirt biking in general, television, sleeping, and Bubble Bobble¿my favorite video game.
What do you want to be doing five years from now? Where do you want to be?
Living comfortably and happy without a lot of extra costs. In all honesty, I have a few ideas about my near future. But they’re just that¿ideas. Five years to me is far away. I have to be concentrating on my next footsteps, so I don’t fall on my face.
If you could, would you travel through space and timme?
Very complicated question, I must say. I have a few questions, too. Would you age if you traveled into the future? Would you date a woman until she dies and then start all over again with a new person? That doesn’t seem very practical to me. I can’t say I know the answer, because it’s too complex. Very good question, though.
What kind of music are you into? I know you’ve always been a big fan of death metal.
It’s great to hear you think of me as a “death-metaller!” I have no real favorite, but I do have a well-balanced sound diet of James Taylor, Johnny Cash, old U2, Scorpions, Hendrix, and Black Sabbath. That’s followed up by some amping stuff with a little more anger and speed like Suffocation and Broken Hope. There’re a lot of good metal maniacs out there playing tough. Check out Terrorizer magazine for the latest and greatest death-metal releases.
This is the point in the interview where you get to thank everyone for your livelihood, so go ahead.
Thanks to my cool-ass family for hookin’ up the boy! I want to personally thank my sister Milani, my brother Doug, Mom Sommerville, Dad Sommerville, and my grandparents. And what’s goin’ down with my cool as f¿k sponsors that I’m more than proud to be a part of? Ezekiel, Ocean & Earth, T. Patterson surfboards, and Osiris shoes, yo! That’s my boys, right there. Thank you. Surf soon.[IMAGE 1]