Brett Davies AKA – ‘Mr Brights‘
Mr Brights / Brett, started surfing at the age of 7, following in his father’s footsteps. With 30 years surfing experience, he has travelled to many countries throughout the world in search of perfect waves.
Originally from Newquay, England, the surfing capital of the UK, Brett grew up surfing with some of the best surfers in Europe. His love of surfing took over his life and his career, which he has mostly spent working in the surfing industry.
From working in one of the UK’s leading surf shops, producing surfboards for some of Britain’s leading surfboard shapers, he most recently worked for the Australian surf brand Rip Curl. At Rip Curl, Brett worked as a sales rep, selling their products to surf shops throughout the UK. His speciality was in the wetsuit department and this led him to a promotion, working at the Head Office in Hossegor, France, as the European wetsuit and surfboard Product Manager.
After travelling to Ghana one year, Brett fell in love with the country and its people. He had always wanted to branch out on his own and start his own business within the surfing world, and Ghana seemed to offer this opportunity. Brett decided to take the risk to leave Rip Curl and follow his dream.
In 2009 he became a qualified surf coach and lifeguard and has been teaching at surf schools in France for the last 3 years, so gaining the valuable experience necessary to enable him to eventually run his own school in Ghana.
Returning to Ghana each year, Brett decided to start helping the local surfers and started a project called West African Surfing Association (WASA). With the help of his surfing friends and the generosity of surfing companies throughout Europe, he was able to gather surfboards and equipment to help the surfers of West Africa. Brett shipped his first container of equipment in 2010 and has donated equipment to surfers from Liberia, Cote D’Ivoire and Ghana. Brett has also been working closely with the surfers to help them perfect their surfing skills with training, plus organising local surfing events.
Recently in 2011, Brett raised enough money for 3 Ghanaian surfers to Travel to South Africa to compete in a major international surfing event, the Billabong Pro Junior at Vic Bay. You can check out the trip here at www.surfghana.over-blog.com
Brett has also spent time in the neighbouring country of the Ivory Coast (Cote D’Ivoire) where he was invited to set up a surf school for Kame Surf. Kame Surf is the only surf shop in Cote D’Ivoire and possibly the largest in West Africa! Brett worked at the school for 2 seasons and it has been very successful. Whilst in Cote D’Ivoire, Brett had the opportunity not only to surf but also help the local surfers.
After 3 years, and a few setbacks, Brett is finally ready to open his own surf school. Mr Brights Surf School is located on the beautiful beach at Busua in the Western Region of Ghana.
We hope to see you here soon…!