“I am a Christian, a follower of Jesus Christ. I was born and raised in Liverpool England where I spent my time playing soccer, doing Martial Arts, eating fish and chips, beans on toast and not understanding life. At the age of 13 I had gone on vacation to New Jersey to visit my older sisters who were nannying there at the time. On my 13th birthday I received a skateboard as a gift from my sister, and from that time on my life became about skating. Soccer and Martial Arts were always inviting as a kid but when I found skating I knew it was something different.”
— Brian Sumner
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.
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 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.