|Guitar chops, a mean cutback and a mustache make the man|
Born on December 10, 1972 in Downey, California Donavon Frankenreiter currently resides in Laguna Beach, CA among the things he loves – his wife, his son, his guitar, and the ocean. Growing up, his days revolved around the water, surfing every chance he had. At age 13, Billabong became Donavon’s first sponsor and afforded him a role most surfers dream of, that of a free surfer – paid to ride the waves, but not required to surf in competition.
In the mid 90’s, Donavon helped form Sunchild (a five-piece “good time “rock and roll” band), which gained acclaim in Southern California for its laidback style, reminiscent of the late 60’s and early 70’s LA vibe. During its tenure, Sunchild opened for the likes of The Doobie Brothers, Willie Nelson, Ben Harper, Social Distortion and The Descendents, and earned a spot on the Vans Warped Tour.
In 2002, friend Jack founded Brushfire Records. Coincidently, it was at this time that Donavon was stepping out musically, making it a natural pairing. Donavon’s self-titled Brushfire debut, out May 2004 was recorded at the Mango Tree, Hawaii and produced by Jack and Mario Caldato Jr.
Being a pro surfer for half of his life has left an evident mark on Donavon’s songwriting. His mellow, groovy and upbeat songs serve up a genuine soulfulness that make you want to feel the sand beneath your feet and the salt on your skin. The two worlds are a perfect marriage for Donavon, as he says, “the surfing thing keeps me alive, and the music keeps me grounded.”
Donavon is also one of nine featured surfers on the XBOX game, Kelly Slater’s Pro Surfer and continues to surf when he isn’t touring. Donavon’s skills have also been featured in numerous surf films, TV shows, and magazine articles.
In 2001, Donavon found his soul mate and true love Petra. The newly weds recently had a baby boy, Hendrix in January 2003 and are enjoying the world of parenthood. Donavon feels very fortunate to have had such a blessed life so far, and is very excited about what the unknowing future will hold. With a zest for living and a will to make every second count, Donavon is the true ambassador of his future.