Underground: Tim FriskFlying below the radar.
“I do other sports, so I’m influenced by different people than just professional surfers.”
“Two of my most favorite things to do are playing Ping-Pong and wrestling with my four-year-old male pitbull, Sanen.”
Tim Frisk is the unknown regular-footer who grew up in Solana Beach, California and pretty much has stayed there for most of his existence on this planet. He attributes his early interest in surfing to his dad, his brother Luke Frisk, and also his good friend Jeremy Sommerville-who has pushed Tim’s level of progression to new heights. When he’s not surfing, skateboarding, riding his Honda CR250 dirt bike, or hanging out with his girlfriend Alicia, Tim works with his dad at their woodworking studio in Leucadia a small beach town located between Encinitas and Carlsbad. Tim’s dad, David Frisk, is a world-renowned woodworking artist who’s produced wood sculptures for big-time celebrities like Paul McCartney. Working together, Tim and his dad have produced some of the finest art pieces you’ve ever seen.Read on and delve into the life of an underground Tim Frisk.-A.S.
State your full name, please.
My name is Timothy Troy Frisk.
Where were you born, Tim?
I was born May 3, 1976 in Encinitas, California. I’m 25 years old.
How long have you been shralping green rooms?
Since I was about twelve or thirteen-pretty close to half my life.
Who do you currently ride for?
Xanadu surfboards, Quiksilver clothing and wetsuits, and Osiris shoes.
Who or what influences you?
I do other sports, so I’m influenced by different people than just professional surfers. I’m influenced by music, too-different death-metal bands. I love going to see death-metal shows. Listening to that kind of music gets me amped to surf.
Sweet. What’s in your CD player right now?
The new Eyehategod album.
What bands have you seen live?
I’ve seen Slayer twice, Cannibal Corpse twice-which was probably one of the best shows I’ve seen-Carcass, and I’ve seen Suffocation with you and Sommy.
What do you like to do besides surf?
I like to ride dirt bikes. I have a ’96 CR250. I’ll usually go to Lake Elsinore to ride their track. I also like to skateboard-street skating. Real skateboarding, not longboarding.
Two of my most favorite things to do are playing Ping-Pong and wrestling with my four-year-old male pitbull, Sanen. I also like to play video games on my PlayStation. Sometimes I’ll build things for myself-you know, furniture and some other stuff.
When you’re woodworking with your dad, what exactly do you do?
Well, we make a wide range of stuff-it’s all custom work. It’s really expensive because we make things out of exotic hardwood-no cheap plywood. My dad and I make a lot of custom doors, spiral staircases, custom kitchens-pretty much everything. We do mostly detailed hand-carving so expensive that I could never afford to buy it, unless I made something for myself.
How long have you been woodworking with your dad?
I’ve been around it my whole life. Basically since I was a little baby. I used to hammer on wood and chip away at wood with chisels and whatnot. What’s the most expensive thing you’ve ever made?
It’s probably a 20,000-dollar door-an entryway. It think it was for a mansion in Rancho Santa Fe a very expensive San Diego neighborhood. The clients have to be ready to pay a lot of money laughs. But it’s definitely worth it because we make things nobody else has.
People come from all around the world to ask my dad to make things for them. We did some work for the John Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles a few years ago.
It’s pretty safe to say your dad’s a world-renowned woodworking artist who a lot of people call on to create fine masterpieces of wood that are totally exclusive, right?
Yeah, not to mention one of my dad’s latest accomplishments was that he just did a bronze sculpture for Paul McCartney. He also presented it to him. It wass a sculpture of Linda McCartney hand-feeding a lamb.
He actually presented it to him personally?
Yep, he presented it to Paul himself. It was within the last year or two, right after his wife passed away.
What’s your favorite air?
I like backside 180s to reverse, or just a straight backside ollie out of the tranny.
Have you been working on anything new?
I want to do a legitimate backside 540-a full rotation without grabbing-just a f-kin’ ollie. Instead of landing 180 and going into a reverse, you spin all the way around, come out of the whitewash, and face the beach again. That’s one trick I want to do.
What do you see yourself doing five years from now?
That’s a hard question. If I’m still alive by then, I want to have accomplished my dream in surfing. Hopefully by 30, I’ll have good results in some ‘QS contests. I definitely want to travel the world. There’re so many places I want to go. I’m going to as many places as I can because you only live once.