For a boy who grew up so close to the water and fell in love with the water at a tender age, a boy who could patiently teach himself how to catch waves for a whole year, it isn’t really surprising to see such a boy grow up to become a man who is devoted to making a successful career out of what he loves. Frank Chenault grew up in the coast sides of West California and had his high school education at Carmel High school.
Frank always walked through the ocean when returning from school everyday and it was during one of such walks, that Frank fell irrevocably in love with the Ocean and the coast. His love for the ocean made him forsake baseball and golf (His hobbies before he discovered surfing).
Everyday after school, Frank would Paddle out into the waves on a board trying to catch a wave, he took a beating from the ocean almost every day for over a year. Instead of this to deter him, it rather further strengthened his resolution to catch waves. He stubbornly continued until he finally caught his first real wave. This determination carried him into a professional surfing career, during which he qualified for national events.
He didn’t stop at this, he further learnt how to ride tubes at Salt Creek in Laguna Beach, California, His resilience and determination coupled with his tender age caught the attention of the local surf team around Laguna Beach and he was brought him under their wing.
No sooner had he joined them, he started participating in Western Surfing Association amateur events, qualified for the United States Surfing Federation state championships and even the National Competition. All this happened in his early 20s, after which Frank Chenault took a hiatus from competitive surfing to delve into business and sustain his marriage until 2003 when he came back into the professional world of surfing.
Despite years of inactive professional surfing career, it is evident in his easy and successful comeback that he was never far away from the sport he grew up loving. Alongside reviving his Professional surfing career, Frank’s deep love for the ocean can be seen in his dedication to a voluntary organization who are concerned about oceans and water bodies.