From QS to CT to QS to beer
Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 2 May, 2017 - Talented goofyfoot Nate Yeomans has flirted with a spot on the World Tour for close to a decade. In 2010 he did qualify for the Tour but fell off at the (instigated for one season-only) 6-month cut. In 2011 he made the Volcom Pipe Pro finals and in 2014 he won the O’Neill Coldwater Classic. In between there were many victories and moments when everyone asked: "will this be Nate's year?"
Fast forward to now and Yeomans is working in the surf industry and brewing beer. The man who as a wildcard in 2003 eliminated Andy Irons at Mundaka talked to us about life in and out of surfing.
How would you describe what you do for work to a very small, inattentive child?
Have you ever been to to the beach and seen someone surfing? That is what I get to do for a job.
What is that you do professionally that you are most proud of?
Being able to surf for a living for almost 20 - the longevity of it all makes me proud - I started at 18 and I'm 35 now. Plus i'm grateful for
the people I'm able to meet and the places I'm able to go.
What are you currently working on that you’re really excited about?
I had a cool opportunity come my way to work with a local San Clemente brewery - Left Coast Brewery . Tanner Gudauskas and I created a special limited edition beer that we call PassionNATE Blonde. Brewing beer is an interesting and fascinating process and Left Coast Brewing Co is one of the pioneers of the SoCal micro-brew movement. A portion of proceeds from the sales of our beer in Left Coast's tasting room benefit Positive Vibe Warriors - a local charity that is special to us. The Gudauskas family started the organization which helps educate youth on ocean safety and preservation. I have a lot of great things happening this year, but right now this is what I'm excited about.
Tell us what has been your biggest mistake and what did you learn from that mistake?
I made the World Championship Tournament in 2010 and I had a couple heats that i didn't advance and i didn't re-qualify. Not sure if thats a mistake, but a huge let down and unaccomplished goal. BUT I learned that it is ok to fail, and that is just a great growing experience. It doesn't mean you're lesser than, you just move on and grow from it.
Share with us your biggest Rocky Balboa moment (you know, punching meat in a freezer then running up the steps of City Hall with your own special theme music blaring.) Volcom Pipe Pro 2011 - I made the finals there. In the semifinal I beat Bruce Irons in the last 30 seconds of the heat to make the final. That is very prestigious spot - to beat the former winner to make it in was pretty special.
If you weren’t doing this, what would you be doing? Selling shoes?
I sell surfboards for Lost Surboards when I'm not surfing and I really enjoy it. I'm still working within the surf industry and I get to take people surfing and educate them on new models.
OK, you get to drop into five moments in history – surf or otherwise. Please name them and why.
The Resurrection of Christ - that would be pretty cool to see.