3DFINS TEAM MEMBER: Jamie Obrien

BIO

Name: Jamie O'Brien

Born: June 9, 1983 (age 33),Hawaii, United States

James Duncan "Jamie" O'Brien is a professional surfer from North Shore, Hawaii. Wikipedia

O'Brien has said that he was fortunate as a child to grow up near the Banzai Pipeline. He is one of the youngest surfers ever to win a Pipe Masters.[1]

Jamie's father was a life guard and Jamie has said that one of the things that got him interested in surfing was talking to many of the regular surfers on his dad's beach.

His contest accomplishments include the Pipeline Masters in 2001, which he took 4th place after just recovering from a groin injury. He also gained first place at the 2003 Hansen's Pipeline Pro in 2003 and first place in the 2004 Fosters Expression Trestles and Rip Curl Pipeline Masters.[2]

O'Brien produced two surfing films, Freakshow[3] and Freakside.[4] He also appeared in Blue Crush.[5] He made television appearances on MTV's Boarding House/Stunt Surfer in 2005. Video and DVDs that he's been in include Waxed Planet in 2005, Raising the Bar, Super Computer, The Mystic, The Next Generation and Califragulistic in 2004. In 2005 he made Campaign 2 and in 2006 as previously mentioned Freakside.

He received the Boost Breakthrough Performance Award at Surfer Magazine's Surfer Awards show in 2005.[6] His sponsorships include Red Bull[7] and Nectar Sunglasses.[8]

Jamie is the star of his own YouTube show produced with RedBull called "Who is J.O.B." The show is currently in its sixth season.

Jamie O'Brien has made for himself in the world of professional surfing because he's doing things that nobody else is doing. He's a freesurfer, meaning he’s not chasing contest wins or world titles. He's out traveling the world and filming stunning video footage of surfing in epic locales that's capturing an audience worldwide.

It took a year of preparation and training, both on land and in water in California and Hawaii, but in July 2015, O'Brien and a team of nearly 25 – including camera crews, water and safety patrol, and a Hollywood stunt director – flew to Tahiti to let him tackle one of the world's largest waves while burning in flames, riding 3DFINS Pink 5.0.

The resulting footage garnered attention worldwide and was covered extensively in the media, while O'Brien was just happy to have achieved his goal and escaped unharmed.

"I might be in the water but let me tell you, that flame that was wrapping me was intense," O'Brien recalled. "It was a dream wave, and I was on fire. It was the biggest adrenaline rush of my life."

What I ride:

JOB sig. Model featuring Channel Tip (ridden at 2016 Volcom Pipe pro)

5.0 PINK Josh Kerr