Whatever the future of surfing may hold, Jackson Butler is
undoubtedly part of it. The young man from Encinitas, California has
been busy furthering the locale’s reputation for producing adept
surfers with a steady stream of respectable video parts since the age
of 13. While there are many talented surfers his age, what sets
Jackson apart from the pack is an advanced style usually reserved for
far more seasoned surfers, and an uncanny ability to read waves best
suited for how he wants to ride.
Already a world traveler, Jackson’s exposure to waves in Australia, Papua New Guinea, Barbados, Mexico, France and Hawaii have helped him develop in ways that must be discovered away from one’s home break. Multiple appearances at WSL events have introduced him to the pressure of a contest heat, where he has consistently held his own against some of the best surfers in the world. But with big waves can come consequence. In 2016, he was experienced it firsthand when he went face first into the reef at Pipeline, the iconic break on the North Shore of Oahu, which knocked out his teeth but failed to break his spirit. He was back the next season, ready for more. It speaks volumes for the Jackson’s tremendous potential. Now surrounded by Vans veterans like Dane Reynolds and the Gudauskas brothers, whatever ability is still untapped within him will only be realized on the waves to come.