Austin Nichols, One Tree Hill, talks with maxflowertv.com about his inspiration to work with The Surfrider Foundation. He
has grown up enjoying water sports, and working with Surfrider give him a chance to make a difference in the world.
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One Tree Hill's Austin Nichols on the Surfrider Foundation
Max Flower: Hi! My name is Max Flower. I'm here with Austin Nichols. He’s going to tell us what inspired him to get involved in the Surfrider Foundation. Austin?
Austin Nichols: How are you doing? I've always been in the water since I was two years old. And, I wanted to be a professional water ski and my mom is a 16-time national champion water skier and so that’s what u grew up doing.
And, when I started studying acting at 15, that all changed and I -- everything, my focus shifted and I moved out here. But, the body of water that was in front of me here was the Pacific Ocean so that’s what I started shifting over to surfing. And so, for years I've been a starving actor and not able to support anything other than maybe barely paying my rent.
And so now, that I can support something, I'm really happy to be helping out Surfrider Foundation. And, I think there’s just an amazing website called the Crowdrise.com that Edward Norton started. And, through Crowdrise, I've raised over $12,000.00 for Surfrider and another charity just in two months. The fans of my TV show had been incredible in supporting this and I'm a lucky guy that I can even help do anything so I feel really lucky.
And, I'm really lucky that I get to surf Surfrider today with only like six or seven other guys which -- usually, there’s a hundred people in the water and you're fighting for waves and so, this is a once in a lifetime opportunity.
Max Flower: And, how have you changed as a person after you’ve gotten involved in the philanthropy in the community?
Austin Nichols: That’s actually a great question and one something that I didn’t foresee. Since I started doing this, I've put less focus on myself, more focus on others, more focus on doing positive things. I don’t know what that expression is. Idle hands with the devil, play things or idle thumbs or whatever but it’s true and just being busy and focused on this has changed my life in such a positive way and I hope that everybody could learn something from that because I had no idea. And, it has changed my life in a great way.
Max Flower: Austin, thanks for being a leader in the community. Thank you for your time. I wish you the best of luck.