The Central Coast of California isn’t renowned a breeding ground for professional surfers, but obscure landscapes have been known to produce equally enigmatic phenomena. Nate Tyler is a testament to this fact, carving a career out of Morro Rock through oft-times cold, blustery travails. Nate’s style combines the elements of modern surfing relevance with a penchant for lofty front side punts and forehand carves, all of which are well-documented in Volcom’s “Creepy Fingers,” Globe’s “Year Zero,” and “Innersection.”
Growing up in the doldrums between Los Angeles and San Francisco, Nate tends to avoids the chaos of typical California pro surfer life, preferring the comparative simplicity and off-the-grid comforts of his solar-powered yurt in Central Cal. But when duty calls, he is always down to jet off to exotic locales to help document the sport and spirit of surfing in film and photos, cast in familiar parts deep under or high above the lip. Logging trips through Central and South America, the Indonesia archipelago, Australia, New Zealand and even Dubai, Oman, and Yemen, Nate’s world view and cultural experiences have translated into an ethos that is timeless, authentic and altogether awe-inspiring.
Nate takes the road less travelled, you can’t see his footprints, but you can feel his impact through the air, water and honest smiles gracing the Big Blue Marble.