The Quiet Genius of Nathan FletcherDec 04, 2018
There’s something remarkable about guys that never beat their chests.
The guys that can glide out of what might be the wave of a lifetime with their heads down, humble. The guys who inspire so many — so quietly. Nathan Fletcher is one of those guys. Ask anyone. (We did.) From Code Red swells to pivotal Maverick’s moments to Outer Reef progression and innovative leaps in board design: Nate’s been on the forefront. To expound further, we took some testimonies from a few men who’ve been in the trenches, around the world, and at home in Hawaii, with this inimitable figure of modern surfing.
Nathan at Mavericks. Photo: Fred Pompermayer
Dave Wassell, pro surfer/North Shore lifeguard: “In my opinion, Nathan Fletcher is a shy, ultra-intelligent person that’s done more for the sport of surfing as far as big-wave progression — not only with board design but through fin design — than anyone else since the thruster came out. Other than that, in a word: multifaceted. He’s got that Midas touch. You give him something and he’s one of the best in the world at it, whether it’s riding a motorcycle, riding a skateboard or riding a surfboard — whether it’s two-foot T-Street or 25-foot Maverick’s — he’s gonna be the best guy in the water. Hell on guitar! Nobody even talks about how well he can play guitar. He’s a freak of nature.”