A surfer, skateboarder, shaper, creator, film maker, photographer, advocate, and world traveler, Zach Miller is everything all at once and doesn’t like to define himself one specific way.
Born and raised in southern California, Zach grew up with a board under his feet. He started skating at 3, as one does when their father is a professional skateboarder and a legend in the sport. Living near the ocean, surfing also came naturally at a young age. Over the years, his passion for both has continued to grow as he explored the synergy between the two, realizing movement was what made him feel most alive.
Cardiff, California, USA.
Highlines into a bottom turn and the pure feeling of going fast.
Snapper Rocks (Australia), J Bay, Indonesia in general.
It’s fun, it keeps your soul happy and your mind clear.
So much goes into who I am as a person. I feel like I am constantly drawing inspiration from the world around me and all that I do: Surfing, skateboarding, art, music, nature, movement, speed, style. I think the combination of all that which we enjoy makes us individuals.
Can you tell us more about your passion for surfing?
I have always lived near the ocean. It’s part of me. Surfing is pure fun; it keeps your soul happy and connected to nature and movement. It has always been a source of joy and stability in my mind.
You just won the lottery, what do you do first?
Probably invest in a beautiful home somewhere far away.
Favorite quote or words to live by?
“Empty your mind. Be formless. Shapeless. Like water. You put water into a cup, it becomes the cup. You put water into a bottle, it becomes the bottle. You put it in a teapot, it becomes the teapot. Water can ﬂow, or it can crash. Be water, my friend.” – Bruce Lee
What is the most incredible thing that you have experienced?
I am fortunate to have experienced a lot. I don’t know if I can pinpoint one specific moment yet. I hope that I continue to experience amazing things in life. Moments, achievements and traveling the world as a surfer and professional skateboarder have of course been amazing. But if I had to generalize, I would say that getting to be in awe of the natural world and culture in my travels probably tops it all. The power of the ocean in Fiji, mountains and glaciers of Alaska, the beauty of cities and culture across Europe, the beauty and wildlife of Africa, etc. The world is an amazing place to see and to be in awe of.
What do you do with your day when there is no wave or swell?
I try to surf every day, even if it’s tiny. Being a professional skateboarder as well, I of course skate at some point nearly every day. Lately, I have been really busy starting my own board company, shaping surfboards and making skateboards. A lot of hours and work goes into balancing my life as an athlete and an entrepreneur.