Meet Nathan Florence
Tell us a little bit about yourself. What's your name, where are you from?
My name is nathan florence, i am currently a professional surfer, i grew up in Hawaii on the island of Oahu
What's a typical day like for you?
A typical day for me revolves heavily around my profession, if there are waves then im surfing, all day, as long as i can. Its what i love to do and just so happens to be my job! If the waves arent so good ill plan on working out which has become a hobby and something i really enjoy. This is when im at home which isnt much if the time, im usually out traveling for my sponsors or chasing swells.
What lead you to become a pro athlete? Can you tell us a bit about the business-side of being a pro-surfer?
Growing up in hawaii, your already heavily immersed in the world of surfing, especially on the north shore of Oahu, its what the community evolves around, and my mom and dad didnt hesitate to get us in the water from early on. As i grew up and got more serious i realized it could be a lifestyle and profession, im so thankful everyday i get to live the life i do. This is the best job in the world.
As for the business side its all about media coverage and keeping your sponsors happy, we travel and work on projects specifically for our sponsors. Then in our free time we chase swells and try to ride the biggest and best waves in the world, which in turn gets you coverage on more and more surfing media platforms making the sponsors stoked. I cant than Vans and Progenex enough for their continued support!
What gets you out of bed every morning?
Im always looking to better myself, whether thats in the ocean, the gym, or pursuing business opportunities. Its a constant driving force that keeps me going everyday, and i think its something alot athletes have in common, that drive to better themselves everyday.
Just moving forward in the big wave surfing arena, i want to qualify for the Big Wave World Tour and hopefully get some good results, other than that i've been getting really into some tech stuff and have a few projects im working on in that industry, really trying to get my hands into a couple different options to make a living which i feel is important for pro athletes because things can happen in sports and backup plans are key!
Follow Nathan on Instagram @nathan_florence