Rad Like Nate Fletcher
North Shore, Hawaii
Nathan Fletcher prefers his surfing powerful, straight forward and rad. He's ridden some of the biggest waves the world over but would be the last person to say anything about. He comes from a dynamo of a surf family but sometimes rolls his eyes at them. He recently had a child and named him Lazer Zappa Fletcher. That's kind of the person we're dealing with here ... and we love him for it. Here are a few highlights.
Brothers and boards. When your older brother is Christian Fletcher, and Pipeline is your backyard, of course you're going to be radical.
There aren't many people who feel comfortable in a position like this. But Fletcher doesn't mind. A few years back he broke his femur at Pipeline, and yet he still parks it in the sub-sea level pit.
In July of 2011 Cloudbreak went haywire. Fletcher showed up with running mate Bruce Irons and the two scored some of the best waves of their lives.
Riding an 11-foot gun, Fletcher's a purveyor of the high art of paddling big waves. Matching power with grit, he handled some of the biggest waves ever ridden in Fiji.
In mother Dibi's eyes, her boys could do no wrong. She reckons them both artists, free to express themselves however they see fit. Occasionally they got awards for their behavior.
Real men turn big boards. Fletcher, hoisting some lumber.
Before he was the big-wave warrior or the noted aerialist, Fletcher took a page out of his old man Herbie's book and styled it on a log. Growing up close to Trestles and San Onofre afforded him the canvas to get his style in order before moving to the bigger stage.
Perfect? For sure. But absolutely terrifying for mere mortals. Fletcher seems to be lacking the DNA for fear.
North Shore, Hawaii
Knowing Fletcher, he probably drove that car to the photo shoot. Growing up in the late '80s and early '90s he was as punk as they came for a 13 year old.
Fletcher loves himself some Pipeline. The power and clean line required to combat it suits his no frills blend of surfing perfectly.
Mission control, we have lift off. Fletcher, returning to the plant from which he came.