Brett Simpson is a back to back champion at the US Open of Surfing, winning the title in 2009 and 2010 at his home break of Huntington, California. In six-foot waves in 2009 he beat reigning world champion Mick Fanning in the final, and he defended his title the following year by defeating South African prodigy Jordy Smith, rated number one in the world at the time.
Among the highlights of Brett’s five seasons in the World Qualifying Series between 2005 and 2009 was a victory at the ASP 2-Star Vans Pier Classic in 2006. He finally qualified for the WCT for the first time in 2010 after finishing tenth the previous year on the WQS, and in his first season in the elite division he finished 23rd overall. He improved the next year to 19th, but dropped back slightly in 2012 with a 25th-placed finish.
Brett was born on 5th January 1985 in Long Beach, California. His father is former professional American footballer Bill Simpson, and theirs was an athletic family where sports were second nature. After playing baseball, basketball, and football, Brett first tried surfing at the age of 12. He was soon practising on a daily basis and within a couple of years was entering local competitions.
Brett is a regular footer, famous on the tour for his fast and fluid style and for his progressive aerial manoeuvres. After honing his skills at Huntington, he is undoubtedly one of the world’s best at surfing smaller waves.
- Age: 29
- Height: 1.85m
- Weight: 81kg
- Nationality: USA