Introducing Team Rider Cole Harmening!
Posted on 27 June 2016
Lifestyle: Cole grew up with the beach at his backyard. He was introduced to the sport at the early age of three, and has since gravitated from cruisy days with his Dad on a boogie board to chasing waves, getting barreled and finding the beauty of new surf spots around the world.
Typical day: Cole usually surfs early in the morning if the waves are good, has breakfast and plays video games with friends and then goes back to the beach to hang out until its time to surf again in the evening. His day usually wraps up with dinner and bonfires on the beach. Cole lives about half a mile from the beach, so his life pretty much is centered around it.
Favorite local spot: Cole’s favorite place to surf is a spot known as DMJ’s, located on Camp Pendleton military base not too far from his house. Because it’s a military base the beach is more isolated than most in the area, and therefore way less populated which Cole says is a great change of pace from the busyness of most of the other beaches around.
Ambitions: For the time being, Cole’s goals are set on continuing his travels. Cole’s spent a bunch of time recently exploring new surfing spots in Mexico, the North Shore in Hawaii, and Northern California. Cole also has plans to go to Indonesia with his good friend and talented photographer Andrew Cosley (@andrewcosley).
Personal surf culture: Cole grew up in a very Christian family, and he’s recently made an effort to focus those values towards surfing. Cole explains that many of his favorite surf spots at home are often crowded, and surfing tends to turn into a bit of a selfish sport because of it, with people wanting the waves all to themselves. Especially while traveling, Cole saw how important it was to introduce yourself to a new place and new people with a smile on your face, and how much easier it is to enjoy something new when you’re harmonious with others who are also trying to catch waves rather than in competition with them. In the past few months while surfing at home, Cole has been pursuing bringing a much less selfish attitude to sharing waves, and building a more welcoming community at his home beaches.
Inspirations: Cole’s been inspired by his recent travels. Of the people he’s met, he’s gotten the impression that people grow up more with every trip, that the more people had traveled, the more unique and personal they were about how they were pursuing their life. He’s inspired by the amount of beautiful areas there are to see, and cant wait to continue his adventures.
Fair Harbor: “When I wear Fair Harbor, not only am I wearing something that looks cool and performs a function, but the clothes also carry a message of positivity and sustainability that other clothes just don’t have. My Fair Harbor trunks are trendy and cool, but they also give me a feeling that I am doing my part in giving back to the cities, towns, beaches and waters that we all take from and enjoy every day.”
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