Jamie Sterling’s name is almost synonymous with big wave surfing, having already established himself within the scene by the time he was a teenager. His stature is such in the sport of surfing that despite years away from competition, Sterling is still recognized as an elite big wave surfer. Jamie’s resume boasts a 2011 WSL Big Wave Championship and other accomplishments so great he’s practically guaranteed a spot in the Surfer’s Hall of Fame.
While we could talk nonstop about Jamie’s highly successful career, we wanted to give you a better idea of the man behind the board. To do so, we caught up with Sterling and asked him a few questions about life, surfing and the type of music he listens to.
Adventure IO: Where are the 3 best places in the world to go surfing?
Jamie Sterling: That’s easy. The best waves in the world are found in Hawaii, Mexico, and California.
AIO: What have been your major career highlights/accomplishments?
JS: My biggest career accomplishment has to be winning the 2011 WSL Big Wave Championship. I surfed all sorts of massive waves as part of that big wave world tour. It was easily one of the most fun and biggest highlights of my career.
AIO: What are the top 5 instructional tips you can give to someone trying to get better at surfing?
JS: 1. Consistency
- Set realistic goals
- Learn the wave lineups
- Have fun.
AIO: Tell us the 3 most important pieces of equipment you own.
JS: For surfing – my physical body, a surfboard, and fins
AIO: Describe the scariest (or most exciting) adventure you’ve ever taken.
JS: Surfing the Great Lakes in the middle of winter was both scary and exciting. I remember the cold weather made it hard to even open my eyes and the waves were pulling much harder than expected. Made for some fun surf though!
AIO: What are the top 5 travel accessories you must have on every trip/adventure?
JS: 1. First aid kit
- Board shorts/wetsuit.
AIO: Tell us about the weirdest injury you’ve ever had. How did it happen?
JS: I had my arm extended as I fell while riding a big wave. The force of the impact plus the current pulling on my arm ended up dislocating my right shoulder. That was definitely a weird one.
AIO: What’s on your Spotify playlist?
JS: Oh man… some alternative stuff, some old school rock. I enjoy a little bit of everything.
AIO: What is the one piece of equipment you can’t live without?
JS: My surfboard.