The Surfersvillage Interview
With a new movie out now, Frank Solomon is the most talked about man in surfing
Check Out Frank's documentary "Let's Be Frank"
Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 25 December 2016 - Frank Solomon is an underground charger from Hout Bay in South Africa (near Dungeon's). By coming from a country with exports like Shaun Tomson and Jordy Smith, Solomon has felt the pressure to do great things. But unlike Shaun and Jordy, he’s never had a distinct pro surf career path.
Frank has had to work extra hard to make a living as a big-wave pro surfer. Included in his odd jobs list is slinging Christmas trees and pizza in Northern California - just to be near Mavericks and Ocean Beach. But a recent documentary: “Let's Be Frank” takes the Frank Solomon story and blows it all out of proportion so that his odd job title now includes drug runner and hit man.
Of Frank's surfing prowess John John Florence said : “He'll go on anything. When we're surfing slabs or something, he'll go and I'll think to myself, ‘Well he went, I think I'll try and go now'."
How would you describe what you do for work to a very small, inattentive child?
I am lucky enough to be able to go into the ocean and surf as my job. I am very grateful and thankful that that¹s where I work..
What is that you do professionally that you are most proud of?
Surfing is a pretty selfish pursuit it's pretty much just you enjoying yourself and that aspect of it is definitely something that I often think about. But yeah if I could inspire even one kid to follow his dreams and perhaps follow the road less travelled that would make me pretty proud.
What are you currently working on that you¹re really excited about?
I am planning a trip to Ireland with one of my best friends and travel partner over the last couple of years Josh Redman. I Love Ireland and the waves there and I¹m super excited to be going back and working on a little edit we have planned.
Tell us what has been your biggest mistake and what did you learn from that mistake?
That's a tough question, I don't really regret anything that I have done or that has happened to me because I feel so grateful to be in the position that I am in, I wouldn't want to change it for the world. At the moment I'm trying to focus on being present and not worrying to much about the past or the future as you don't really have control over them - but yeah its easier said than done haha.
Share with us your biggest Rocky Balboa moment (you know, punching meat in a freezer then running up the steps of City Hall with your own special theme music blaring.)
Whilst we were film Let's Be Frank in Ireland I broke my back, after recovering I returned to the same spot a year later and caught one of the biggest waves of my life. It won a big wave video contest at home. After that whole ordeal and being able to go back and face my fears - that was a definite Rocky moment for me :)
If you weren't doing this, what would you be doing? Selling shoes?
Haha, selling shoes? If I wasn't surfing professionally I would still be a surfer but I'm not quite sure what I'd be doing for a living, perhaps a lifeguard. I got a degree in quantity surveying at University after 4 years of studying but I didn't really enjoy it, haha. Yeah, definitely something in the ocean for sure.
OK, you get to drop into five moments in history surf or otherwise. Please name them and why.
1) The day Nelson Mandela got released from prison. I was a little young but I wish I could of just seen him walking out as a free man.
2) It would be epic to go back in time, a couple hundred years, and surf all the world's best waves with no one out there. Can you Imagine?
3) When the Egyptian Pharos ruled the world. I don't know why but something about that time fascinates me and it would be awesome to go back and really see what was going on.
4) A little deep, but it would be pretty rad to see the world before Humans; it must of been a hell of a sight to see.
5) I kind of wish I could have been on the first mission to the moon. Wow, what a rush it would have been to be on the first trip not knowing if you were going to get home.