HOME TOWN: Laguna Beach, California
FAVORITE SHADE: Bunker
SPONSORS: Billabong, VonZipper, Sanuk, Chrysler GM, Doc Surfboards & Verizon
YEARS PRO: 15
FAVORITE SPOT: Laguna Beach
FAVORITE FOOD: My wife's cooking
WHO OR WHAT INSPIRES YOU?
People who do what they love
WHO DO YOU LOOK UP TO?
Anyone with a smile
HISTORY: Still in Progress
Most teenagers don't even think about having a job, but at age 15 Donavon Frankenreiter was already bringing home a paycheck as a professional surfer. Today over 15 years later his name is synonymous with world-class surfing, but Donavon is no stranger to the music world either.
A native of southern California, Donavon's first love was surfing. He grew up surfing the San Clemente pier and carving up the faces of waves all across the Southern California Coast. An eventual sponsorship by Billabong led to Donavon's ultimate dream, the ability to be a free surfer - paid to ride the waves but not required to surf in competitions. He started playing music at 17 and quickly developed a passion for it that equaled his love of surfing. In the mid 90's, Donavon helped form Sunchild (a five-piece "good time "rock and roll" band), which gained acclaim in Southern California for its laid back style, reminiscent of the late 60's and early 70's LA vibe. During its tenure, Sunchild opened for the likes of The Doobie Brothers, Willie Nelson, Ben Harper, Social Distortion and The Descendants, and earned a spot on the Vans Warped Tour.
When Sunchild took an extended break, Frankenreiter released a solo EP in fall 2002. After more than 10 years of playing the guitar with his band Sunchild, Donavon was ready to call his own shots. Spurred by the coupling of his desire to say something original along with a new found musical maturity, Donavon boldly rode the wave into the world of the acoustic singer/songwriter. With his solo EP already under his belt, Donavon partnered up with longtime friend and former Ben Harper and the Innocent Criminal percussionist, Dean Butterworth and David Leach of Ben Harper. The group called itself the Donavon Frankenreiter Band and has already toured with The Dave Matthews Band, Fall '03.
Being a pro surfer for half of his life has left an evident mark on Donavon's songwriting. His mellow, groovy and upbeat songs serve up a genuine soulfulness that make you want to feel the sand beneath your feet and the salt on your skin. The two worlds are a perfect marriage for Donavon, as he says, "the surfing thing keeps me alive, and the music keeps me grounded."
Donavon is also one of nine featured surfers on the XBOX game, Kelly Slater's Pro Surfer and continues to surf when he isn't touring. Donavon's skills have also been featured in numerous surf films, TV shows, and magazine articles.
In 2001, Donavon found his soul mate and true love Petra. The newly weds recently had a baby boy, Hendrix in January 2003 and are enjoying the world of parenthood. Donavon feels very fortunate to have had such a blessed life so far, and is very excited about what the unknowing future will hold. With a zest for living and a will to make every second count, Donavon is the true ambassador of his future.