Perennial smooth operator Nate Tyler reflects the cruisey energy of the rural Central California hinterland he calls home. As seen in recent the Manera film Due West alongside Brendon Gibbens, his stock in trade, above the lip wafts before shapely cliffs and seas stacks still look great from every angle. Creative curves and hard edges run through a lot of what Nate does, from freesurfing kelp smoothened Pacific glass to expressing himself through the medium of kinetic metal sculpture.
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WL: You’re a bit out of the surf scene where you live?
NT: Yeah, my average day I think is a bit different. I lived in Orange County for years and it was all based off of surfing as I personally only had that as a hobby down there. Now living back at home, honestly I feel like surfing is something I do daily but I have other things that take the majority of my day. I love that I get to surf everyday but I feel like I am just a real adult now haha. I love being an adult but I also have to work hard to make money for my family and that comes from various different work things including non surf stuff. It makes me appreciate anytime I get to surf.
WL: Tell us a bit about your place…
Our family home is amazing. My parents built the home over the first 12 years that I was alive, a very unique situation. I was born and they both worked on the home everyday. They were both artists and when they made any money they poured it into the home, it was a labor of love. It is one hundred percent hand built by them and it is a beautiful home. As soon as the home was finished they got a divorce and had to sell the home so it was out of the family. I feel very honored to have the chance to purchase the home back 15 years later.
WL: Before that you were pro surfing’s only known yurt dweller? How was that?
Living in the yurt was the most amazing years for my wife and me. We were at a point where we had no responsibilities and not a worry in the world. My father had sold his half of the family home back in the day and purchased an adjacent 15 acres, so we always hung out there and dreamed of putting some sort of home on this little flat spot with a view. Fast forward to when my wife and I had the opportunity but not much money, we sprung for the yurt as it …….