Every surfer has a story and this is the latest installment of our Surf ATL Community Spotlight series where we will feature surfers and those part of the surf culture in the Atlanta area. Check out our previous spotlights on Thomas Roginsky, Spencer Broome, Anthony Kennedy, Nick Bramwell, the Merlo Family, Mike Dobbs, Kristian Erik Bjerke, Jamie Eichler, Doug Paul, Brandon Spivia, and Robert Hanson.
If you love riding waves or know someone who does, message us via one of our social media channels or reach out via the contact page on our website. It doesn’t matter your skill level or if you are a wake surfer, ocean surfer, paddleboarder, or river surfer. We want to put the spotlight on you!
My name is Liam Spoon. I am a film major at Western Carolina University and thoroughly enjoy action videography.
How did you get into surfing? In Atlanta or somewhere else?
I got into wake surfing through my job at a marina on Lake Burton.
Where and how often do you surf?
Over the past two summers, my good friend and coworker Samuel Poole and I have spent countless hours outfitting his 21 foot 2004 Malibu into a wake-throwing monster. We can proudly say the Franken-bu throws a better wave than some of the newer wake boats out here. We hit the lake after work almost every day, rain or shine.
What do you do to advance your surfing/what is your favorite thing about surfing?
Wake surfing has given me an outlet to express my talent behind the camera.
What are your hopes for the Atlanta surfing community in the future?
I would say wake surfing is a fairly well-known water sport, however, it doesn’t have the largest media coverage. I am hoping to catch this metaphorical wave and combine my skills on the board and behind the camera onto the screen.