While trying to infiltrate the inboxes of retail buyers all across Australia, we came across this guy.
Who is he, you ask? Well, this man is Christian "Wispy" Barker. Surfer of waves, player of guitar, dweller of Byron Bay.
Wispy can spot a fat wave from a mile away. Before we could even tell him who we were and about the totally rad sandals we wanted to put on his feet, Wispy said, "I would like some Sierra Browns."
Ok, so what really went down was, a friend of ours was talking about Rainbow Sandals coming to Oz and Wispy was like, "Dude, I just lost mine and I want some replacements."
Besides having loved then lost Rainbow Sandals, we found out that he rides for McTavish, has an almost famous beard, and plays bass in a band.
Here he is, doing his thing.
Being the top bloke that he is, he obliged us with a Q&A.
Name: Christian "Wispy" Barker
Home town: South West Rocks, resides in Byron Bay
Weight: Not much
Sponsors: Rainbow Sandals, Mctavish, Super Awesome
Shaper: Bob Mctavish
Magic Stick: Mctavish Blue Bird, single fin 6’8”x 20 1/2”x 2 1/4”
Favourite Surf Spot: Indonesia
Favourite Wave: Desert point. Its super crowded but you only need one good wave out there and you're stoked.
Favourite Maneuver: High line speed trim (Not the most radical maneuver, but it feels so good!!)
When and how you started surfing: My first surf was probably around the age of 8 but I didn’t really get into it till I was about 12. My brother was doing it and so were most of my mates, so I just followed suit. There's not a lot else to do in a small coastal town when you're a grom. I’m so glad that I stuck with it.
Inspirations: Family, my girl, friends, Joel Tudor, Tom Curren, Hendrix, nature, too many to list...
Other stuff you do besides surfing: Play guitar, skate, travel, read, take photos. I also like making things with my hands, like bits of furniture and stuff for around the house.
One little known interesting fact about yourself: My beard has its own Facebook page.
Why you love Rainbow Sandals: They are the most comfortable shoes I own! They mould so well to your feet and get better with age.
Psyched to have you rockin' Rainbows, Wispy!