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
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.