There aren’t enough words to describe his awesomeness, his stoke for the sport, for the industry. His passion, kind-heartedness and tenacious character molded into one, have made him a force to be reckoned with in the water and an influential mentor, friend and father on land. When Jimmy isn’t coaching and molding young minds for greatness, you can most likely find him in the water carving up slabs. I mean, the guy still competes. And wins! Needless to say, dude rips. And its the exact information and instructions that he gives his campers that has allowed him to surf the way he does. So if you ever find yourself around Jimmy, and he happens to be talkin’..listen up, absorb all the information you can. You can see it in his expressions, hear it in his tone of voice: he loves to coach. As we stated earlier, not enough words could describe his Jimmy Slade-like coolness, calmness & collectiveness. So, DSR was able to add to his super busy schedule and Jimmy was kind enough to give us some insight on his perspective…
Full Name: Jimmy Blumenfeld
Hometown: Flagler Beach
Home break: Pier Bowl
How did you get into surfing and where did the first paddle out happen?
Growing up in St Augustine, I started skating when I was 12 years old and felt like I was better than most of my friends. Not to be cocky, this just motivated me to skate more. I had a friend “Peter Skeneskie” who introduced me to surfing when I was 13. I remember watching him catch waist high choppy waves and going down the line with speed. I was like “give me that, let me try!” I remember doing exactly what he was doing…catching waves and going fast. Now his memories might be a little different than mine [laughs].
Who where you looking up to in surfing when you got into it?
We moved to the beach when I was 14 and surfing was the thing to do. I immediately called my cousins who had already been surfing for a couple years and was setting up surf sessions. We surfed every day. By the end of the year I felt like I was catching up to all my friends and cousins. We all had the stoke and pushed each other every day. I moved to Flagler Beach in 9th grade and got on the Hope Surf Shop Team through Frieda Zamba. I started competing in the ESA which was a requirement to be on the team. Competing in the beginning was really tough for me because I started in the JR’s division which was really hard. Surfing against guys like Wayne Stevens and Ben Lacy who were the best dudes around. I took a lot of losses before I was good enough to make the finals. I felt like I gained a lot of respect from my peers and fellow surfers through my hard work and passion for the sport.
How has surfing impacted you?
Surfing has molded me and set the course for my life. I own and operate North Beach Surf Camp and coach advanced surfers on a competition level. I am also a Sports Massage Therapist and looking to become certified in personal training to better take my students to the top of their game. With my expertise and love for the industry I am working on a Grom Pro Series where young competitors will strive to be focused before they surf and not be embarrassed to do a stretch before a heat.
I know you’re a big competitor, so what has been your biggest win in your career?
Winning The East Coast Championships in 1999 was a huge accomplishment for me. After that I went on to win a lot of amateur events, winning airline tickets and a lot of sick product. One of my biggest wins was winning the Pro at the Wave Masters in Jacksonville, FL.
Do you still compete now? What events do you compete in?
I am still very much in to competition and love to test my ability to get good results. I practice what I preach with my coaching and apply it to competitions when ever given the chance. Right now my students, son and I compete in the ASF (Atlantic Surfing Federation). It is a point series where you can accumulate points to be invited to surf East Coast and National events…I would love to win a National Title.
What do you have going on with your life now? Any camps or events coming soon for North Beach?
Yes, I am revamping my new site for North Beach Surf Camp along with launching the Grom Pro Series. My goal through the grom series is to attract serious surfers that want to be fierce competitors through hard work and focus and to join us for week long competition camps where they can improve their surfing skills through strengthening-exercises and moch-contest heat strategies through coaching.
How did North Beach Surf Camp come to life?
I first started giving lessons living in the OBX after achieving winning my first East Coast Title. I moved back to Flagler Beach in late 1990’s and started North Beach Surf Camp. The first few years were pretty small but as I gained a safe and positive reputation, we grew into a full size camp of 35-40 campers a week. There was so much support through the parents, sponsors and local businesses we were destined to do great things.
What do you see for Jimmy in the next 5 years?
I see a lot of great things happening for the future of my camp and as a coach. I am always excited about the groms excelling to the for-front of my camp and the new campers getting the stoke-filled awesomeness and becoming surfers for life. Coaching has become a huge passion for me the last couple of years and I look forward to helping my students achieve their goals and will be with them every step of the way. As I continue to educate myself through sports massage, personal fitness and coaching, I plan on excelling in future competition camps and help mold hard working groms into professional athletes.
What is one of your proudest moments in life?
Feeling the support of friends and family during the Tommy Tants year after year and hearing them cheer me on has always been an amazing feeling, but nothing compares to watching your child be born.
If you could have any super power what would it be?
Giving second chances.
Marvin the Martian…”I’m going to blow up the earth with my space modulator XP39, it’s obstructing my view of Saturn”.
What does DSR mean to you?
Don’t-Stop-Ripping! To me this term represents everything we do well weather its reading, sports or just having fun. You guys do a great job of portraying this message to our youth.
Anyone you would like to thank?
My wife for understanding me, my mom for birthing me, my students for listening to me, my son “Skye B” for all his hard work and for Jesus for he is the one with the super power of giving second chances. Thank you DSR for this opportunity and see you guys in the water \M/