Brandy Faber is a Laguna Beach native who traveled the world as a professional surfer for 15 years after graduating from Laguna Beach High School. Currently, he’s the contest director for the town’s annual Brooks St. Surfing Classic. Faber is also a partner in Purple Corduroy, a boutique wine brand he started with two local friends; as well as being the marketing director for the Roark Revival.
This week, he took the time out to share a legendary secret spot, his favorite hangover hangout, and his love for local history.
I love to Zen-out on the tiny patch of sand at Rockledge, a beautiful hidden stretch of Laguna’s coast between Moss Point and Victoria Beach. Its really only accessible from the Ocean and has a secret pirate cave that is fun to crawl into at lower tide or swim into at higher tide. I always bring my GoPro and on the regular, I see dolphins, whales, leopard sharks, bat rays, and corbina in the sea; along with cormorants and pelicans in the sea, on land, and in the air.
Laguna coast’s has many hidden gems like Rockledge. Photo: Faber
I love the food in Laguna—almost everything on offer suits my palate, which is heavily skewed towards Mexican and sushi. Coyote Grill has my favorite breakfast in the world: enchilada and eggs scrambled, black beans and flower tortillas. The bartender, Mark, makes an amazing bloody mary that pairs well with a big breakfast after a late night out. La Sirena Grill is amazing too; I have East Coast friends who will drive to Laguna from LAX on long layovers just to get their fix. My first sushi experience was at San Shi Go and I still love sitting at the bar, watching Chef Yoshi. Chef Miki at 242 Café Fusion also delivers the goods. For drinks, I love chilling out at the Wine Gallery. Chris Olsen, the owner, is a great guy who’s always looking after his customers and the locals. Gelato Paradiso is my dessert treat.
Faber sourcing some local cuisine. Photo: Jim Harrington
My second home is the ocean. I love to surf when there are waves, explore the coast via SUP when there are no waves, and free dive to put food on my plate when conditions dictate. When home, I leave the car parked as much as possible and walk where I can. I stay pretty active.
The trolleys are amazing. I wish they ran year round in some form. If I ran for city council, the trolleys would be a key part of my campaign. [EDITOR’S NOTE: Brandy is about to get his wish! Free year round weekend trolley service will start Friday, March 6, 2015, and the trolleys will run every Friday from 4 to 11 p.m., Saturday from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m., and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Check out www.visitlagunabeach.com/trolleys for a detailed map of the route. ]
Over the years, I’ve learned a lot about Laguna’s history going back to the Native Americans. I am currently the contest director for the Annual Brooks St. Surfing Classic, which is the oldest surfing contest in the world dating back to 1955. During my tenure as contest director I’ve done research and fact-finding in order to preserve the history of the contest. Along the way, I’ve learned a lot of cool things—which have only increased my love for the soul of this town. In 2015, fellow surfer James Pribrim and I will be co-hosting the Souled Out talk show on KX 93.5 where we’ll be sharing many of these stories.
Faber (knee high socks) at El Morro’s Boo Blast as a kid. Photo: Doug Miller.
The Brooks St. Surfing Classic could be the most influential unrecognized event in the sport of surfing. Part of that is due to the fact that you have to live in Laguna Beach in order to compete. That said, dating back to its inception, some of the best surfers in the world have lived in Laguna at some point in their lives. The Classic’s history reads like the Founding Fathers of the surf industry and many of the contest champions have been recognized on the world’s surfing stage.
Faber on his way to winning the Sr. Masters division at the 51st Annual Brooks St. Classic in 2014. Photo: Mark Golter
It’s easy to be entertained here. It’s not Los Angeles, but we do have great forms of entertainment for such a small town, starting, of course, with the simplicity of our amazing sunsets and beaches. We’ve got great restaurants and live local music in every district. The arts offer something for everyone of every age—from the Sawdust, to the Pageant, local galleries, the museum, art walk, etc. We have the incredible outdoor activities like surfing, SUP, diving, kayaking, mountain biking, hiking, tennis, basketball, volleyball…you name it and Laguna offers it in one shape or form. I feel the City’s recreation department does a great job with their programming.
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