Meet Nate Floyd: Howler Ambassador
Posted on January 3, 2019
Nate “the Flannel” Floyd is not just a Howler Ambassador. He is an ambassador for the good life in the State of Texas and a poster child for the Texas surfing scene. Born and raised in Corpus Christi, Nate has traveled far and wide to catch waves but always comes home to the unheralded and unpredictable waters of Texas. We caught up with Nate just after a recent Fall swell to see what was on his mind.
So, we finally got some waves huh? Why?
Because winter is coming. Every year as summer comes to a close, TX surfers are treated with cooler temps, increased surf activity, and thinner crowds. As cool fronts start to swoop down from the North, the Gulf tends to churn up and come to life.
As a surfer in Texas, do you sometimes feel like you are part meteorologist, part psychologist and part oceanographer?
I feel like a full time meteorologist and a part time crazy person hahaha. It is nearly impossible to predict the surf here on the TX coast, even after spending a couple of decades racking my brain over it. A lot of luck, patience, and right place right time is truly the equation. But I am most definitely in tune with the weather.
You have this cool nickname “the Flannel.” You’re dad is called “Frankchop.” How did those names come to be?
“The Flannel” is just one nickname among many through the years: manchild, hairygrom, nasty Nate, etc. Frank Chop got his sobriquet from his unmistakable karate chop like posture he takes up during certain surf positions. He chops the lip right off the wave haha.
When things go flat around here, what’s the first destination you start thinking of heading?
What was it like getting shot by a firehose in the video for our Aguacero Rain Jacket? That has to sting a little.
Local destinations through the years have been the greater Austin area, while extending South into Mexico has been my true calling.
I asked the firefighter if he was any good at this and he looked at me surprised and said, “I’ve never sprayed anyone before with the hose.” I then replied by asking if he had been hit with it and he asked me if I was crazy hahaha...they only hit me at half force and it could easily have knocked me off my feet if I wasn’t prepared for it and heavy footing it haha. It stung for sure, maybe even had a slightly bruised rib for a week or so; but I had secretly wanted to know what being shot by a firehose felt like my entire life so it was fully worth the experience.
Could you defeat Tegan Gainan in the following events?
Bench press: Guaranteed.
Breakdancing: I don’t know. I’ve got some solid moves, but he’s got those skinny legs that whip back and forth haha
Hoola Hoop: I can do the Hula, but not Hoola Hoop..haha Tegan for the win
Grateful Dead or Megadeth?
Sugar magnolia, blossoms blooming. Heads all empty and I don’t care.
Astros or Rangers?
I like the rangers name. It just sounds more TX. But I have family from H-town, so I gotta rep the Astros.
Kolaches or Breakfast Tacos?
That could be one of my middle names: breakfast taco.
Not only do you wear Howler on a daily basis, your family is also a Howler retailer at Wind and Waves in Corpus Christi. Why do you dig it? (Shameless self promotion section).
I was first attracted to the Howler Brothers booth at a Surf Expo in Orlando some odd years back based solely off of the display, textiles, and colors. Quick to find out, they are rad humans from the same great state of TX that I call home, and we quickly got involved and ordered a few things for the store. It’s been rad to see Howler Brothers grow. We have returning customers and more and more people coming in who already know about them and are rocking their gear. Howler Brothers stands for the lifestyle that we cherish, and that is why I love what they do and like to push their story.