Brett Simpson, 28, has logged four seasons on the elite ASP World Championship Tour (WCT), finishing a career-high 19th in 2011. Highly-touted by some of the finest surfers as a Top 10 threat based on talent alone, Simpson is still looking for the magical formula to produce a year-end result that matches the Californian's expectations.
2013 was a year of competitive ups and downs for Simpson, punctuated with the birth of his first child, a factor that gives the polished competitor additional drive upon entering the 2014 season.
What have you been working on for this season to improve consistency in breaking through to the latter rounds?
I've been working on patience and believing in myself. It's mentally draining every heat and sometimes I just hadn't been able to muster it up and find a way to win. This year's about finding the quality waves and doing what I do.
What has your off-season consisted of?
Last year I had some nagging injuries that would be linger throughout the year so just I've been just learning to listen to my body more and trying to strengthen the areas that will help me in the long run. The year is so long that at some point your going to have some obstacles to climb whether it's mentally or physically. You have to be even keel through the highs and the lows.
You've recently had a baby, so how does the new addition play a role in your life as a professional surfer?
It's been the most amazing time, these last few months. She's growing so fast I just can't believe it. It has definitely added motivation to strive for success. I've got a family to take care of now. To me, the traveling part is the hardest. It takes a toll on you. They're going to make it to some events, which will be awesome. I wouldn't have it any other way though. I'm blessed to be in this situation.
'A strong result at Snapper is very important. I'd be lying if I said it wasn't.'
What have you been doing to dial in your equipment for 2014?
Equipment is always crucial. My theory this year is less is more. I don't want to have 60 boards to navigate through. I'm going to work closely with Mayhem (Matt Biolos) and Tim Stamps, both amazing shapers that want to help me succeed and are on my side. I hope to find some magic and we are on our way!
How important is a strong result at Snapper to your 2014 campaign?
It's very important. I'd be lying if I said it wasn't. I feel the wave is a good match for myself and I've had some success in the past years. Getting off to a great start and making a statement is on the cards!