Aug 28, 2018
Name: Austin Smith–Ford
Date of Birth: June 18, 1988
Hometown: Santa Cruz, Ca
Sponsors: Dakine, Buell Wetsuits, Hoven Sunglasses, Pac Wave, Pono Hawaiian Grill
Contest results/ accomplishments: I haven’t been competing much in the past few years. But last month I won the Oakley Surf Shop Challenge. Other than that I have been featured on a few Cover Shots over the years.
Favorite Surfer: Dane Reynolds, Taj Burrow, John John
Motto: Always have fun. Even if you don’t have the best of everything, make the best of the things you do have!
Who/ what inspires you the most? People that are living life how they want. Not taking it too seriously, and just going big. We are only here once, so we gotta make the most of it. Also inspired by the big wave crew these days, everyone's going next level and it gets me psyched!
What is your greatest fear? Boredom
Best surf video segment of all time? Any of John Johns from the past year are ridiculously Sick
Last time you wore a tie? Damn, its been a while. I can’t even think of it. Possibly for my high school Prom like 10 years ago??
What do you like to do when you’re not surfing? Eat, go to the beach, Hang with friends, I like going to concerts/shows a lot. I also like to just try new things whenever possible, even if I don’t really think I’ll like whatever it is.
Favorite Buell wetsuit? the Ninja
Current/ future plans? I just got back from a month of barrels in Puerto Escondido. That was epic. Thinking of trying to get over to Indo in August!
If you were to start a business, what would you sell? Maybe Diamonds or something expensive… Or maybe open a super cool local Brewery where all the boys could come chill.
Favorite nonsurf film? There's Something About Mary
Worst grom beating you’ve received? I got my eardrum popped in Hawaii when I was a grom from getting slapped…thanks Columbo!
Any apologies? Sorry for all the broken hearts ladies!! haha naww I’m just kidding… I hope I don’t owe anyone apologies at the moment
Best text message ever received? that's a tough one... Probably something along the lines of “I'm on my way over”
Number one on your bucket list? Get Rich or Die Trying