As the father of three young boys I recognize the vital importance of 11th Hour Racing and its commitment to ocean education.
As a kid, Brock was always on the move and always outside — and there wasn’t a sport that he didn’t do when he was younger. It wasn’t until college that he focused on sailing. Going to Old Dominion University and working with coach Mitch Brindley was definitely the point when he realized what was possible in sailing – and from then on, sailing has been his life.
WHAT INSPIRED YOU TO BE AN 11th HOUR RACING AMBASSADOR?
I am immensely thankful for the time I was given on the ocean at a young age and to have been taught to respect all of its power and beauty is something that stays with me in everything I do. I think that early education also taught me to interact with the ocean in as many ways as possible whether it be kitesurfing, foiling, TP52s or super-yachts, it is all-time on the water, and it all teaches something about the ocean and about ourselves. The more aspects of our sport I am involved in, the more amazing people I meet, the more I want to work to protect the ocean I love.
SUPPORTING THE MISSION
Within my world as a professional sailor, ocean guide, and kiteboarder, I have a long-standing collaboration with The Rozalia Project. I also collaborate with Sail Martha’s Vineyard, a non-profit organization dedicated to protecting and perpetuating the Island’s maritime heritage and culture. I am extremely proud of the fact that I have been able to connect Sail MV with 11th Hour Racing and Schmidt Ocean Institute to work on initiating and instituting locally sourced, zero waste events as well as educating children all over the world.
- Antigua to St Martin Kiteboarding Record
- 100 Ton Master Coast Guard License
- 2012 IRC North American Champion
- Transpac Race to Hawaii Winner
- Newport-Bermuda Race Winner
- Key West Race Week Winner
- Antigua Race Week Winner
- US Sailing Team Racing Mid Winter Championships Winner
Nickname: There’s a few out there, but you have to ask the right people.
Grantee: The Martha’s Vineyard Film Festival
Hometown: Martha’s Vineyard, MA
Resides: Martha’s Vineyard, MA
Free Time: Ocean and kids
Bad Ass Moment: Kiteboarding Antigua to St Martin
Hidden Talent: Keeping it hidden
The Fridge: Anything organic and always beets
Best Advice: Put your head down and keep working hard
BEST Kiteboarding, Delta Hydrofoils, Dancing Turtle Coffee Shop, Gorilla Rigging, TotalBoat
These things are with me pretty much all the time!