Brandon ‘Jacko’ Jackson is a household name in the Surfing industry and has been on the tour for a number of years. Jacko has now retired from the tour and is working full time for Quiksliver in Durban. We caught up with Jacko and interviewed him about the change, his surfing career and his latest web video filmed in Durban at a few secret locations, which you can check out here as well.
Full name: Brandon Jackson
Years surfing: 18 years
Tell us about your latest web video and the reason for filming it?
The reason for filming this video is that in South Africa we are so spoilt with the waves we get here and there are few people that actually know where to find these waves.
Which breaks was it filmed at and how long did it take to film?
This video was filmed over a week in Durban’s winter and the spots have to stay nameless as the locals would not like there surf spots exposed.
What was your goal of capturing in this video?
Pretty much showcasing my ability as a surfer and sharing it with the people that want to see what we get up to everyday.
Which part of the video is your favourite and why?
I don’t really have a specific favourite part but enjoy the overall feel that the movie gives you. Which I hope is to make people amped to surf.
“I can’t go surfing all day everyday or just jump on a plane and shoot to a destination. But it’s very cool to be a part of a company like Quiksilver…”
You have retired from the tour. What was your reasoning for that?
I had lost my desire to travel to the same spots and compete in a tour that wasn’t fulfilling what I wanted to get out of surfing. What I want now are good waves and fun surf trips with friends.
Now working for Quiksilver full time, what is your position and how’s it treating you?
I’m in the wetsuits and marketing division and I’m very happy with the people I work with and the company I represent. I’ve known everyone in the building for years and fitting right in.
What has the transition been like from being on the tour to working behind a desk?
Its bit of an adjustment, I can’t go surfing all day everyday or just jump on a plane and shoot to a destination. But it’s very cool to be a part of a company like Quiksilver and learning a lot about the business. The People there are awesome and have made it really easy to get into the swing of things.
You still rip it up harder than most. What are you plans for your surfing for the future?
Well I would like to keep surfing for as long as I live and would like to keep at the top of my game for as long as I can, but for now it will just be doing little local events and doing some fun surf trips with the Quikie team.
What will you miss the most about not being on tour?
I will miss all the places that I’ve grown to love and all the friends I’ve made all over the world. I’ve established some tight bonds with some people over the years and its sad that I probably won’t see them again.
What were some of your highlights from being on the tour?
Best highlights where winning heats and seeing new places. Also the parties over there were wild and have some unbelievable stories.
Where in the world is your favourite place to surf and why?
I guess Hawaii and home, I love powerful hollow waves and at those places I’ve had some of my best seasons.
Who were some of the people and sponsors that made a huge difference in your career?
Quiksilver has sponsored me since I was 9 and always looked after me very well and guiding me through my career. But the person that effected me the most was my Dad, he was a pro Surfer and taught me everything I know about surfing and was the reason why I had such an amazing surfing career.