Brett Barley has dreamed of being a surfer since he was 5 years old. Growing up in Buxton,
N.C., he began competing as a young man in the Eastern Surf Association and progressed
into larger surfing leagues within a few years, such as the Association of Surfing Professionals (now called the World Surf League).
Now 33 years old and sponsored by O’Neill, a popular swimwear clothing line, and Youtube sensation sharing local surf and fishing stories
Barley has spent his time traveling the world surfing places from Pipeline to Iceland
But his favorite wave is in the Outer Banks of North Carolina. When he is not spending time with his wife and family,
He’s focusing on gathering surfing clips for his huge audience on social platforms and video sites.
Roman Gabriel interviewed Barley in his home town. What he found was a man committed to God,
family and a passion for the sea. The following is an edited transcript.
Q: Casual surfing fans don’t often think of North Carolina as a great surf destination, so what makes the Outer Banks surfing special?
A: Cape Hatteras is the closest thing to the continental shelf on the East Coast, other than Miami, Fla.