Timmy flies under the radar most of the time, choosing to travel alone, and explore his private surfing spots with only his close friends. Just like the off-road prepped truck he drives, Tim is lethal and competitive anywhere in any surf.
Since he started surfing, Timmy has always had a huge respect for the ocean. “At least once a year I get into a scary situation and it makes me a better surfer. If you make every wave and don’t get them on the head, then you had the best day, but if you pay the price for crashing, it fuels the fire to charge harder.” Luckily he doesn’t mind falling on waves as it gets him more and more comfortable in the water.
Being a professional athlete is no easy task, and living out of a duffel bag makes even the most unique places tiresome. Even though he loves surfing and traveling, it still is his job and he is focused on winning. “Going through 10-12 boards at each event, to see what works is hard, and just staying focused during the two week waiting period is tough enough” says Timmy. Riding Patterson surfboards since he was 17, Tim has confidence in his equipment and loves working with a shaper with an open mind.
Timmy Reyes has the total package. He is a smooth powerful surfer who loves cold water over warm water, and likes big powerful waves. There are no secrets to Tim’s success so far. He simply surfs hard, often and loves the sport. Growing up in Huntington Beach has taught him how to fight and scramble for waves in the crowded surf, making the four-man heat format of the WQS tour seem like an everyday surf session. With his quick thinking and fast improvisation in contest surfing, Timmy is someone to keep an eye out.
When and how did you start doing your sport? My surfing started here in Huntington Beach when I was a little kid. I lived like a five minute walk from the beach.
How did you become a part of O’Neill? I bumped into O’Neill a really long time ago and I’m still very happy to be a part of this family.
What makes you unreasonable? Doing all the hard work of searching for new waves in the harshest conditions with the uncertainty of finding anything good.
What has been a highlight in your career? Surfing has been my greatest achievement in life, I think. To have the opportunity to travel the world and meet really cool people and see the most amazing places…Life has been like a super amazing trip so far and I just hope to keep going with it.
What are your plans for the future? Keep looking for solitary waves and enjoying life.
Name 10 things you never travel without? 6 to 10 surfboards, snacks and food that’s fast to prepare for when you’re coming in from a session starving!
What motivates you to get out of bed in the morning? When you are on a surftrip somewhere new, waking up early every morning is the best thing. You don’t know what to expect, you don’t know where you’re going to go, what you’re going to find. You go out there and put a lot of work in hiking through mud, getting wet and cold, can’t feel your feet and hands, jumping into a wet wetsuit when it’s like 27 degrees (-2 Celsius) … That isn’t exactly the best thing but when you score and you get it right you’re just stoked and you can’t wait to get out there!
If we visited you at breakfast, what would you be eating? Just a coffee because I’d probably be on a hurry to go looking for some good waves.
If you weren’t surfing, what would you do? Traveling. I’m the kind of guy that isn’t able to sit still in a place for a long time.
Any other sports you’re good at? I love golfing. I always say golfing is like surfing, the conditions are always changing and it affects the sport.
What music are you listening to? It depends on my mood. But I like to mix it up!
What has been the scariest moment in your sport career? Once I think a chupacabra (Physical descriptions of the creature vary. It is purportedly a heavy creature, the size of a small bear, with a row of spines reaching from the neck to the base of the tail) jumped on top of my car…I didn’t really know what it was but it looked really big like a human. That was pretty scary.
What was your most embarrassing moment in your career/life? I don’t know… There are many embarrassing moments but in the end they always turn out to be funny memories.
How does your training routine look like? I get my training through hiking to the spots and surfing.
Describe your perfect day? Probably a whole day on a solitary spot in Mexico!