Born and raised in San Clemente, Calif., younger brother Tanner and twins Dane and Patrick grew up in the heart of Southern California surf culture. Encouraged by their surfing parents, the brothers would be out in the water at 6 a.m. almost every day before school. Unsurprisingly, the trio has a distinctly blithe approach to life—when they enter a room you can’t help but laugh along as they dive into the details of their trips across the world in search of unsullied waves. The brothers have accomplished what so many only dream to do—when their friends went off to college or office jobs, they were gearing up for surf trips as sponsored athletes. Their careers in the water have served as a vehicle for exploring the globe and finding unexpected commonalities in the most remote of regions.
Individually, each brother has his own distinct charm and character; together they are a certifiable riot. Straightforward with a demeanor that suggests calculated precision and an inherently competitive nature, Pat’s accolades include a season on the ASP World Championship Tour (WCT) and the execution of the first ever “rodeo flip” in a world tour competition at famous reef break Teahupoo in Tahiti. Friendly and bright-eyed, the youngest of the Gudauskas brothers, Tanner, is currently ranked 26th in the world tour qualifying series; 10th place gets you on the WCT and the 26-year-old has his sights set on getting a spot next year. Wild card Dane rounds out the brotherhood with shaggy sun-soaked locks, big wave pursuits and soul surfing expeditions into far-flung locales. Although it’s rare to find them at home, the brothers share a house in San Clemente, surfing together when they can at the same breaks they enjoyed growing up.
As the second season of Vans’ original series Down Days drops its final episode this week, we dive into some behind the scenes shots of their trips across Israel, Iceland, Puerto Rico, Morocco and a few from season one in Germany.
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