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James Duncan O'Brien (born June 9, 1983) is a professional surfer from North Shore, Hawaii.

Jamie O'Brien
Personal information
BornJames Duncan York O'Brien
(1983-06-09) 9 June 1983 (age 35)
Kahuku, Hawaii[1]
ResidenceHaleiwa, Oahu, Hawaii
Height6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)[1]
Weight194 lb (88 kg)[2]
Surfing career
Years active2001–present
Career earnings$122,400[1]
SponsorsLume Cube, Red Bull, GoPro, Nectar Sunglasses, Catch Surf[3]
Major achievementsWon 2003 Hansen's Energy Pipeline Pro, 2004 Pipeline Masters, 2004 Fosters Lager Expression Trestles, 2009 Ripcurl Cup Padang Padang, Won Volcom Pipe Pro, Sponsored by Red Bull 2010[2]
Surfing specifications
StanceNatural (regular) foot
Shaper(s)Tokoro [4]
Favourite wavesPipeline
Favourite maneuversBarrels
WebsiteWho is JOB


O'Brien has said that he was fortunate as a child to grow up near the Banzai Pipeline. He is one of the youngest surfers ever to win a Pipeline Masters.[5]

Jamie's father, Australian Mick O'Brien, was a life guard. Jamie has said that one of the things that got him interested in surfing was talking to many of the regular surfers on his dad's beach.[6]

His contest accomplishments include the Pipeline Masters in 2001, which he took 4th place after just recovering from a groin injury. He also gained first place at the 2003 Hansen's Pipeline Pro in 2003 and at 21 years of age, first place in the 2004 Fosters Expression Trestles and the Rip Curl Pipeline Masters.[2]

O'Brien produced two surfing films, Freakshow and Freakside.[7][8] He also appeared in Step into Liquid and Blue Crush.[6]

In 2005 O'Brien received Surfer magazine's Boost Breakthrough Performer of the Year Award for an up-and-coming athlete with an impact on the sport for years to come.[6]

In 2016 Jamie O'Brien assisted in the rescue of a bodyboarder who had wiped out and was drowning, by paddling out with a foam board to help Guilherme Tamega who was trying to bring the victim to shore.[9]


  1. ^ a b c "Jamie O'Brien". World Surf League. Retrieved 19 December 2016.
  2. ^ a b c "Jamie O'Brien I just let my surfing tell the story". Red Bull Australia. Retrieved 19 December 2016.
  3. ^ "Jamie O'Brien - Hawaii". Surfersvillage. Retrieved 19 December 2016.
  4. ^ Preisendorfer, Rusty (24 June 2009). "The Secret Behind Displacement and Big-Guy Shortboards". Surfline. Retrieved 19 December 2016.
  5. ^ "O'Brien, Jamie". Encyclopedia of Surfing. Surfer Magazine. Retrieved 6 December 2016.
  6. ^ a b c Kewley, Gary (8 December 2014). "Talk Story With Pro Surfer Jamie O'Brien Wednesday Night At Surfer, The Bar". Surf News Network. Retrieved 19 December 2016.
  7. ^ "Jamie O'Brien: Freak Show". SurferToday. Retrieved 19 December 2016.
  8. ^ "Jamie O'Brien: Freak Side". SurfMovies.Org. Retrieved 19 December 2016.
  9. ^ Haro, Alexander (4 March 2016). "Lifeguards and Jamie O'Brien Just Saved a Bodyboarder's Life at Pipeline". The Inertia. Retrieved 17 December 2016.

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