Go Brett Send Off And Premiere Party

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

Brett Simpson smiling for the Hurley camera behind in the scenes in HSS. Photo: Mimi L
Brett Simpson smiling for the Hurley camera at HSS. Photo: Mimi L
Editor of Surfing Magazine Travis Ferre and girlfriend Cheyenne Arnold looking quite stoked right after winning the raffle for a custom designed surfboard, wetsuit, and snazzy pair of boardshorts. Photo: Mimi L
Editor of Surfing Magazine Travis Ferre and girlfriend Cheyenne Arnold looking quite stoked right after winning the raffle for a custom designed surfboard, wetsuit, and snazzy pair of boardshorts. Photo: Mimi L
Giving his hand a rest after hundreds of autographs, Simpo's photoshoot for the parents. Photo: Mimi L
Giving his hand a rest after hundreds of autographs, Simpo's photoshoot for the parents. Photo: Mimi L
As always, the lovely lady passing out waters and sodas, keeping attendees refreshed both mentally and physically. Photo: Mimi L
As always, the lovely lady passing out waters and sodas, keeping attendees refreshed both mentally and physically. Photo: Mimi L
The line for autographs wove all though HSS as Simpson scrawled his signature on shirts, hats, flyers, and maybe even a few arms. Photo: Mimi L
The line for autographs wove all through HSS as Simpson scrawled his signature on shirts, hats, fliers, and maybe even a few arms. Photo: Mimi L
Huntington Beach Mayor Cathy Green and fellow congressman speaking to the crowd after awarding Brett with an Official Commendation on behalf of the city.
Huntington Beach Mayor Cathy Green and fellow congressman speaking to the crowd after awarding Brett with an Official Commendation on behalf of the city.

Hurley videographer, Evan Slater, Pat O'Connell, and Peter King. Photo: Mimi L
Hurley video dude, Evan Slater, Pat O'Connell, and Peter King. Photo: Mimi L
Micah Byrne (plaid) and friends. Photo: Mimi L
Micah Byrne (plaid) and friends. Photo: Mimi L
Simpson's gorgeous girlfriend and two very lucky young boys. Photo: Mimi L.
Simpson's gorgeous girlfriend and two very lucky young boys. Photo: Mimi L.

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

Q-n-A With GO BRETT Filmmaker Aaron Lieber

How long have you known Brett?

I met Brett when I was a sophomore in college, I think I was 18 or 19 years old. So about five years now.

How did the whole idea for the GO BRETT movie come about?

I always wanted to make a “Brett” Movie, but never had funding and after I finished The Pursuit, I needed a way to make some extra cash while working on The Pursuit 2. So I just started doing web things for Brett and it turned into a full on deal where I was documenting him trying to qualify then as I was doing that I was just like, well at the end of the year I’ll put together whatever I have and that’ll be Brett’s first movie.

How long did it take?

Took a whole year to film and about a week and half of editing—batcave style 18 hour days.

What was the hardest part of the editing process?

Just keeping it short and to the point. When you have a year of content its really difficult to choose what to use and what not to use.

What do you think was the highlight and why?

The highlight for Brett would definitely be winning the U.S. Open. But for me I think the highlight would be the whole project actually working out. I mean, no one has followed one surfer’s campaign to qualify and made a movie about it. So I guess I am just super stoked that it actually happened.

What is there to say about this one....
What is there to say about this one....
Huntington Beach High School cheerleaders enthusiastically cheer for Brett as he gets ready to head to the Gold Coast.
Huntington Beach High School cheerleaders enthusiastically cheer for Brett as he gets ready to head to the Gold Coast for the Quiksilver Pro.
Timmy Reyes and girlfriend Megan, former TransWorld SURF cover girl. Photo: Mimi L
Timmy Reyes and girlfriend Megan, former TransWorld SURF cover girl. Photo: Mimi L
Lieber is over filming in Aussie and couldn't make it to the premiere of his movie, so his parents happily stood in for him at HSS. Photo: Mimi L
Lieber is filming in Aussie right now and couldn't make it to the party, so his parents happily stood in for him at HSS. Photo: Mimi L
HB locals Jason Harris, Shaun Ward, Christian Sanez, and boys. Photo: Mimi L
HB locals Jason Harris, Shaun Ward, Christian Sanez, and boys. Photo: Mimi L
It was a full house last Friday night. HSS was packed with friends, family, and supporters of Brett Simpson. Photo: Mimi L
It was a full house last Friday night. HSS was packed with friends, family, and supporters of Brett Simpson. Photo: Mimi L
On top of a surfboard raffle, attendees of the party were welcomed to grab a GO BRETT hat and copy of his first movie. Photo: Mimi L
On top of a surfboard raffle, attendees of the party were welcomed to grab a GO BRETT hat and copy of his first movie. Photo: Mimi L
The event was an all around success for sponsor Hurley, Brett, Aaron, and HSS. Photo: Mimi L
The event was an all around success for sponsor Hurley, Brett, Aaron, and HSS. Photo: Mimi L
Just before the kick off at 5 o'clock, quite the crowd was gathering outside HSS to welcome Brett to the party. Photo: Mimi L
Quite the crowd gathered outside HSS to welcome Brett to the party. Photo: Mimi L
Brett and his biggest supporter Bob Hurley. Photo: Mimi L
Brett and his biggest supporter, Bob Hurley. Photo: Mimi L
Sportin a town house car, Simpson rolled up to his party in style. Photo: Mimi L
Simpo arrived to the party in classic style... Photo: Mimi L