Introduce yourself, tell alittle bit about who you are
I’m Brayden from board theory
From Daytona Beach Florida
Been around the ocean all my life
Fell in love with the process and craft of board around 12 years old and haven’t looked back much haha
What inspired you to do what you do?
I was 10 when I got my first board , about 11/12 I was doing ding repair myself and at 12 I found some foam to shape and went to town… couldn’t glass the first one for a couple years… fast forward my 13th bday my dad got me a real surfboard blank. I knew then what would be my future and shaped and glassed that first board in October when I was 13 … 24 now and will be 25 this year… my neighbor worked on boat glass and he showed me how to glass for the first time.
I was hooked
Tried to scrap money together for more materials every month I could after
Around the 3/4 board I wanted to go full time…. All the while I had a company called damn theory
I made hard wood skateboards and handplanes. When I wanted to get boards into store the stores ere super stoked on the damn theory name… shortly after I went to boardtheory since I was building surfboards, skateboards , wood body boards and handplanes…
During my start up of damn theory I was teaching my self to weld in the basement too
From 13-18 I took over my parents garage and basement.
Making the garage a glassing room and a welding shop.
The shaping room and staining area for the hand planes was in the basement next to the laundry for years
Finally mom got me to move my shop into their publishing warehouse
Where my parents stored their own possessions, family heirloom and lots n lots of inventory of books…
I spent about 4/5 years there until it accidentally burned down in 2018
What is some words of wisdom you lived by to help you get through all that?
Everything is love. Everything has a deeper connection but it’s up to the individual to find connection or even allow such process
I really learned how to make the best from a fudged up situation
That was my worst nightmare
Loosing. Everything. I own to fire or even my self I was supposed to be in there
I learned to listen to the universe, slow down and appreciate the tiny way of tiny things
Learned I live life to create and with out connections what would it all be for?
ENERGY has become my best friend along with karma and understand the working of flow and the everyday
I love life and the people and situations we can manifest
We are life , life is us, love is us . The universe is us we are the universe, we are each other experiencing life at a simultaneous line
Life is creation , creation is love
And I try hard in most situations to stay as positive as humanly possible
If you can dream you can do it
And quote My grandpa used to say
The only way to eat a elephant is one bite at time
And I’ve applied that to most of the challenges I’ve faced
Nothings impossible unless you make it
So might as well live in the existence of making it happen until it your reality 🙂
What is something you’ve struggled with growing up?
Father figures bahahah
Resin and medicine taught me patience and breathing for sure
And my tempers
Medicine and understanding my tempers have alleviated my struggle with control based figures more so than just father figures and I’ve learned to not only move past that but also work with it as a strength and understanding now for my self and others
Family is the most important and center of my goals and mission
to provide and leave a sustainable product, system and conscious for my friends and family to inherit and maintain or shift as felt needed with the times
To help even when physically not here
The Butterfly effect is a huge piece of my everyday too. Divinely perfect.
Tiniest of energies can have the biggest impact, if started with the right conscious
Even if they’re not a physically blood connection , it’s the community , the connection and inner standing of one’s self and each other
What is one way you’d make an impact in society?
Just being there for people when needed as much as possible
And remaining positive in the times that need it the most.
There’s alot of people that come by my factory just to check in and see me or vibe and chat about whatever they’re vibed on or low about
While I’m working Glassing and shaping
Not when sanding I have to focus to much for that
My factory has aura a. Vibe if you will
It’s a low key spot that helps reset you and remember that wow this place (Mother Earth) is amazing and we can do so much good everyday
Time is now to work with the best of what we have and work more unison with the earth
I’d like to show the world a true eco based and sustainable surfboard and change the construction process that will help numerous other industry’s and process in the recourse
Last question what would you like to tell others about you?
Stay true to yourself and love everyone!!
No matter what take the high road
And remember we’re all walk-in each other home