Brian Sumner is a professional skateboarder, transplanted from Liverpool, England to Huntington Beach, California. He began skating at the age of 13 and by 15 had made it out to Huntington Beach CA where his career took off and he spent the next part of his life touring the world demoing and touring the world, riding for the like of Tony Hawks Birdhouse, Adio, Volcom, Analog, Independent and many more.
A street skater at heart, birthed out of the likes of his hometown friend Geoff Rowley as well as room mates Andrew Reynolds, Jim Greco and Ali Boulala Brian soon established himself as a main stay in the skate culture.
In 1999 Brian was married and soon he and his wife were expecting their first child Dakota. Over the course of the next few years Brian’s life faced a lot of challenges and soon he was divorced and over living. Through a year of separation Brian got into trouble requiring anger management, and end up doing community service at a Christian thrift store. While being over living, figuring he had experienced his dreams and wasn’t happy with where things were, he decided to challenge God and search for truth. After many months of study, speaking with people of different faiths, and pursuing truth as best he could, he had a life changing experience and became a Christian in 2004. “I was going to God to fix my life but He was dealing with me about my sin, about the world I was born into and about why He sent His Son Jesus to die for my sins and offer His forgiveness. I told The Lord I needed to be forgiven, and as I was repenting I said I would give my life to Jesus, get baptized, use my skateboarding for Him and even re-marry my ex-wife.”
Brian had an encounter that night in prayer and his life has never been the same. Today he is re-married to Tracy, and they now have two additional children together. Soon after becoming a Christian Brian began to shareThe Gospel rather than just continue with a career in skating where much of his time revolved around long tours and the focus was on getting tricks and being in the magazines and videos.
He began serving at The Sanctuary church, as a Deacon, attended different Bible schools and began sharing Jesus through skating, at events, outreaches, in churches and many other places.
Today Brian is a City Pastor at The Rock Harbor in Huntington Beach, as well as constantly traveling to preach, teach, do outreaches and missions as God wills. Brian’s focus on skating turned heavily towards his faith, and not only did what he did with his time change but also many of his sponsors and the purposes for even having them.
Brian has also been part of many amazing projects and witnessing tools such as the “I Am Second” video testimony series, Billy Grahams “My Hope”, the “Hardflip” movie, and “Foolishness” the Skatebible movie which Brian co-produced, wrote, and directed that went on to win “best Evangelistic film of 2013″.
Brian and his wife also are deeply involved in Marriage Ministry, and counseling couples through hard times. Brian’s no longer makes a living from the skate industry and his ministry is funded by the support of people who come alongside him and his family monthly. He also serves on boards, along side church plants around the world.
For more information see the “testimony” page.
Skating: Started skating at 13 years of age after watching Police Academy 4.
Born: Liverpool, England
Resides: Huntington Beach, California
Sponsors: Reliance skateboards, Independent trucks, Bones wheels, Furnace.
Ministry: Our first ministry is always with God, then our spouse and then our kids. My wife is my first sheep, and then after this to those around beginning with the local church. Through the years I spent skating and traveling the world I saw many things that led people to all kinds of struggles. Coming to faith in 2004, the mission began as Christ called me to walk with Him.
Music: Colossians 1:16 tells us that “All things were created through Him and for Him.” Music then, was created for worshipping God. The Family Band, Josh Harmony, Dominick Balli, Phil Wickham, Love Song, Keith Green, Leeland, Delirious, Third Day, Johnny Cash, Josh Garells.
Hobbies: We’ve got a Mission! Ephesians 2:10. Family, friends, surfing, music, art.
Fav place: Heaven, Jerusalem, Huntington Beach.
Influences & Heroes: Jesus, He never quit, didn’t tap, was more punk and wasn’t ashamed of you and I. My dad has always been a hero of mine.
Words of Wisdom: Proverbs 1:7 “The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge: but fools despise wisdom and instruction.” Matthew 4:4 “Jesus answered, “It is written: ‘Man does not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.” Romans 8:14 “For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, these are sons of God.”
Read: The Holy Bible, Don’t Waste Your Life, Mere Christianity, The Case for Christ, More than a Carpenter, Knowing God, Real Marriage, The Measure Of A Man, Doctrine, A Call To Resurgence, Spiritual Leadership, Why Revival Tarries.
Movies: The Passion of the Christ, The Ten Commandments, One night with the King, The Nativity Story, Fireproof, Amazing Grace, Foolishess.
Future: Jeremiah 10:23 “I know, O LORD, that a man’s life is not his own; it is not for man to direct his steps.” Be ready in and out of season. Share the good news… Been working on lots of media projects, films and with different ministries lately. Books.
Thanks: The Lord, my wife and best friend Tracy, family, friends, the Body, Rock Harbor HB Church, support and sponsors.
Last Words: John 14:6 “Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” Romans 10:9 “if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.” 1 John 4:10 “This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins.”