North Next Gen Rider Seb Bramley
Interview with North Next Gen rider Seb Bramley and his mentor, Marc Jacobs
Q1. Please introduce your grom to us. My Grom is Seb Bramley, I first meet Seb at my local cable park, where I spend most of my no wind days. Seb has natural talent and I’ve enjoyed watching his progression down at Rixen cable park in Auckland. Some days when the wind picks up, we will normally close up shop and go kiting. Seb always seemed keen to give it ago, so one day I decided to teach him. It's quite amazing seeing a wakeboarder convert into kiteboarding and how it has sped up his progress. For me, I was a kiteboarder transferring into wakeboarding, so the opposite to Seb. Seb has been riding for around 8 months now and has a great level for how little he has spent doing the sport. I’m excited to see how far he wants to push it and progress.
Q2. What’s it like riding on the water together? It’s awesome to see a young, keen grom. We lack a lot of younger keen kiters in NZ at the moment. So it is super exciting for me to watch him progress. It reminds me of when I was not much older than him just getting in the sport too.
Q3. How does it feel to be inspiring the next generation of riders? It’s very motivating, I had a great mentor when I was young who I looked up to very highly. His name was Dave Edwards and he helped teach me everything I know. I wouldn't be who I am today without him. Now it's my turn to return the favour to the younger generation. It's awesome to see young kiwi kids excited to push the sport too.
Q4. Any advice for the next generation? You have to make it fun! consistency, hard work, and motivation is the key to success. Find that perfect balance, if you want to make a career out of it. If you want it badly enough and you're committed, it will happen.
Q1. What do you love about riding North? I love riding for North because of their high-quality gear and the amazing people that work for the brand. Learning to kite has been an amazing experience thanks to all the great, welcoming people at North.
Q2. What trick/goal are you working on this year? I’ve gotten hooked on kiting and want to keep pushing my level to land that next trick! Right now a heart attack is the next trick I’d like to land.
Q3. Anything you want to add about your North mentee? What’s it like riding with them? Riding with and learning from Marc Jacobs has helped me improve fast. He has coached me in kiting, wakeboarding and in the gym. As well as helping me find a balance with everything in life haha. Marc is always encouraging me to push myself and I am very grateful to have him as my mentor!