Greetings! My name is Nic Vaughan, I am 24 years old and I am a professional Big Wave Surfer. This passion of mine involves chasing and riding the largest waves around the globe. I recently graduated in May of 2013 from San Diego State University with a degree in Business Finance. Upon graduating, I was set to start a career in investments at Morgan Stanley, but pushed that amazing opportunity aside to instead push the limits of Big Wave Paddle Surfing. I have made it my full-time commitment to prepare for and to ride these adrenaline-provoking, waves of consequence. Since my decision to start along this journey, I have gone on to achieve the following:
-2015/2016 Big Wave World Tour Competitor
-2015 Surfer Poll Awards “Heavy Water” Nominee
-2014/2015 Los Angeles “Surfer of the Year”
-2014/2015 Big Wave Awards “Paddle Nominee” (one of four) for the Largest Wave Paddled Globally for the season
-2014/2015 World Surf League “Prove It” Video Qualifier Winner
-Multiple Big Wave Awards “Ride of the Year” Entries
This adventure is an exciting one which has taken me to the far reaches of places such as South Africa, the Basque Country of Spain, Indonesia, the South Pacific, Hawaii, Mainland Mexico, and up and down the American West Coast. I am extremely thankful to have my amazing family, friends, and partners Dakine Surf, Rusty Surfboards, Penta Water, DIFF Eyewear, Sports Research and Equinox Fitness Clubs, who have supported my vision and continue to aid me in the pursuit of it’s realization.