Get Austin Neumann on tour!
“Most anything I've ever set my mind to, I could accomplish.”
- Kelly Slater, 11 Time World Surfing Champion
In the heart of California’s Central Coast, nineteen year old Austin Neumann is in pursuit of becoming the best surfer in the world.
Simply qualifying for the World Surfing League Tour takes hard work, peak physical condition, and most of all…your help.
Not getting into the water until 15, he found what really drives his heart, and has seen incredible results. Rising before the sun, staying fit, and ripping big waves in numbingly cold water is what this rare talent is all about. Austin has quickly realized success and recently delivered two big NSSA wins and a top 5 finish on the WSA 2014-2015 circuit. Now that he has completed High School, he’s driven to become a top professional athlete.
When not on the road competing, Austin works full-time, at his Uncle’s donut shop to make ends meet. This pursuit requires a very flexible work schedule. All downtime goes into perfecting his skills on the waves, conditioning his body, and treating it right to prepare for the next contest. Those close to Austin know his relentless smile, positive attitude, and dedication to his friends & family. Dedication, hard work, and humility can only take a driven person so far.
That’s where your contribution comes in.
Unfortunately, there are no grants or scholarships to get to the highest level of this profession. The main challenge is funding this first step to the goal. Unlike other career paths, to gain access to the professional surfing tour, you have to cut your teeth in the minor league tour without consistent pay. Success shouldn't be limited to only the privileged.
Let’s get behind this up-and-coming talent and help launch the next world surfing champion!
Your generous contribution will directly fund contest entry fees and direct travel expenses.
You get to follow his pursuit of success on his Instagram, Facebook and updates on his GoFundMe page.
His commitment is to pay other expenses from his work (rent, car, boards, suits, clothing, etc.), to train hard, and to stay away from the typical distractions of most people his age.
Act as professional athlete and you can become a professional athlete.
Your contribution will be recognized by Austin putting your name on his boards!
…Paddling into future success with a vision of the people who helped get him there.
Austin is set to kick off the 2016 Qualifying Tour season in early January at the first event in Huntington Beach, CA. The following events he will attempt to enter are in Israel, Florida, Hawaii and possibly Indonesia.
The estimated investment for 5 events in the first half of the 2016 season is about $10,000. Simply put, if 100 people chipped in $100 each, we meet our next goal!
Thank you all so much!
Follow Austin’s pursuit to be the best and look for updates on training, upcoming contests, and results.
A lot has happened since I last posted. I started off the season, well, not bad and not great. I lost in round two in Huntington Beach and Israel. Both contests were held in windy and challenging conditions and I learned that I need to be ready to surf really crappy waves in these world tour events. The contest in Israel was the trip of a lifetime. I was able to fly to Israel for free because of airline miles donated by Christie and Dennis Forcella (Thanks so much!). I saw and experienced things that never would have been possible without everyone’s help. When I came home the surf was pumping and I suffered a painful ankle injury that kept me out of the water for about a month. This was another learning experience. I haven’t been out of the water for that long since I started surfing and it gave me a lot of time to think about everything. In a way the injury helped me realize how fragile my body can be and that I need to take care of it. It definitely changed the way I’m going to approach my surfing moving forward. Now I’m 100% healed, back in the water and ready to charge!
In early January I also got signed by Hyperflex Wetsuits! My first major sponsor! They immediately sent me a bunch of brand new killer wetsuits and they are gonna start paying me a little money each month. This is so crazy and humbling! I’ve never had such nice wetsuits and to be getting paid anything is just unreal. Competing in these events is so expensive that getting free wetsuits now is going to help a ton. So needless to say I am very happy to be on Team Hyperflex!
I am getting on a plane tonight and I am headed to Cocoa Beach, Florida for the Ron Jon Van’s Pro surf contest March 10 through March 13. I am flying for free because of airline miles donated by Jan Vick, thank you Jan! I will be riding a new board shaped by PJ Wahl. It is pictured above and I wrote everyone’s name on the bottom of the board that has helped me so far. You guys are my real sponsors and I wanted to thank you in some way. Also it will remind me how I got here and that you guys are supporting me. I wrote the names of everyone that donated to me in person, on my Go Fund Me page, or who bought donation tickets for the surfboard at Surfside Donuts. Again, thank you to everyone who has helped so far.
The Florida event is next week and then my next event is in Bali, Indonesia in early May. After that I’m not sure what is next. I have enough funds for the Bali contest and then that is it. I am still looking for donations to continue my 2016 campaign. There are many contests to choose from to try and acquire points but I need money/help getting to these events. After Florida and Bali I am hoping to have enough points in the rankings to start doing harder contests that are worth more points. The points are what I need to keep moving up in the rankings and I need to get in as many events as possible. It’s expensive, exciting an frustrating all at the same time.
So that’s about it for now. Wish me luck in Florida and I will do my best to make everyone proud. Thanks again for all your help and continued help. It is really amazing how much love I am feeling.
A few changes since the last update. The Australia contests filled up fast and finding a place to stay wasn't happening. Instead I am headed to Huntington Beach, CA for the first event of the year and then Israel! Such a wild place to do a contest but we have friends there to stay with and with a generous donation of airline points/miles, we were able to make it happen. After that there is a small break and then another event in Cocoa Beach, FL. Not sure if I will get in that event but I have already signed up. These contests fill up fast and since I am a rookie on tour I have no seniority and can get bumped out of events that fill up with guys who did events last year.
Other than that the waves have been pumping and I have been surfing my brains out and working full time. Thanks again for all the love and I want to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas.