Ten years of training and competing has led Huntington Beach local Brett Simpson to the elite ASP World Tour—the third from Huntington Beach to ever accomplish the feat (Jeff Deffenbaugh and Timmy Reyes being the first two). To celebrate the momentous event and give Brett a proper send-off to the Quiksilver Pro Gold Coast, Huntington Surf and Sport hosted a party this past Friday and premiered Brett’s first movie, GO BRETT, which was filmed and edited by former TransWorld SURF intern Aaron Lieber.
Support was the word of the evening. From the Huntington Beach Mayor Cathy Green to HB’s top locals and cheerleaders, all were in attendance to show Brett how much he means to Southern California’s Surf City. “It is athletes like Brett who help make this city’s next generation the best they can be,” said Green.
We caught up with Simpo before he jumped on a plane that evening bound for the Gold Coast of Australia.— Mimi LaMontagne
Q-n-A With Brett Simpson
TransWorld SURF: First of all…. how stoked are you!?
Brett: Extremely—it’s been a long and fun journey achieving this goal. I’m very excited but there’s bigger tasks ahead.
Did fellow HB’er and former World Tour competitor Timmy Reyes give you any pointers for life on the tour?
He definitely had some pointers for me, but sometimes you like to keep things to yourself so I’m sure he didn’t tell me everything. But he’s been an inspiration for a long time.
What wave are you looking forward to most and why?
Snapper for sure—first event of the year and its a skate park! Should be some amazing surfing going down with everyone trying to set the tone.
What are you most nervous about?
Wouldn’t say so much nervous, but Teahupoo is definitely interesting and will be on my mind when the time nears. I’m planning on getting over there to try and get some practice during a break.
In the video you were shown doing a lot of training, how are you going to be keeping up with that on tour?
Just a lot of the same stuff just trying to keep the endurance up.
And what’d you end up doing with the 100G’s from the U.S. Open?
Just been hanging on to it and saving up for hopefully putting a down payment on a house in the near future.
Head to page 2 for a Q and A with GO BRETT filmmaker Aaron Lieber and more party pics