Abberton, Professional Surfer and Social and Community
Abberton is simply one of the greatest big wave
surfers that the world has ever seen.
Man Australia was delighted to do an off the record
interview with Koby at Bondi Beach (Bluetongue
Beer launch) on the 30th November 2006.
Abberton (sometimes credited as the Son of Beaches)
was born in Maroubra beach, Sydney, Australia
and is an Australian former professional surfer
perhaps best known for his high profile surfing,
as the face of Oakley surfwear and his inclusion
in the legal battle surrounding his brother, Jai
Abberton, who was accused of killing Anthony Hines
Abberton was born in Maroubra beach in Sydney,
Australia to a heroin addicted mother and a criminally
inclined father (who was not his biological father
but instead his mother's boyfriend), living the
"housing commission capital of Sydney".
Abberton states that his home birth was not a
result of specified choice, but as a method of
avoiding the hospital where he says his mother
"knew she'd get in trouble for being on heroin".
Abberton is one of four children and brother to
Jai Abberton,Sunny Abberton and Dakota Abberton
describes the start of his career as the time
when his "life got better." Following
a disagreement between his birth mother and her
boyfriend of the time, Abberton, nursing an injury
after a blow to the head with a baseball bat provided
by his mother's boyfriend, re-located to older
brother Sunny Abberton's house. Of the argument
Abberton says "I just started crying. He
[Sunny Abberton] said "Don’t worry,
just try to forget about it and put everything
you’ve got into your surfing. That’s
our way out of this life," and that's when
it all started." Abberton pursued his surfing
career, going on to achieve sponsorship and international
recognition for his abilities and achievements.
briefly dated actress Tara Reid before engaging
in relations with Australian model Saskia Neillson,
an Elite Model Agency signed model from Australia's
Abberton is dating Australian surf model and aspiring
actress Tahyna Tozzi with whom he shares a home
in Santa Monica in the United States.
infamous Bra Boys are a nationally and internationally
known group of close-knit friends bound by their
love of surfing and the beach. Often the center
of negative Australian press and the assumed (sometimes
factual) blame for local crime and bad social
behavior, the Bra Boys insist they are not a "gang"
in the typical sense of the word and are instead
a potentially well known group of friends made
up of some otherwise recognized members including
all three Abberton brothers and a string of Rugby
League players and other fellow surfers.
Bra Boys Documentary
is also well known for the autobiographical documentary
"Bra Boys" narrated by actor Russell
Crowe which detailed the lives of infamous Australian
gang the "Bra Boys" and aired nationally
in Australian cinemas.
Mavis Abberton Foundation
Mavis Abberton Foundation was set up by the Abberton
brothers in an attempt to protect children of
drug-dependent parents and children whose parents
are in jail. The Foundation was named after the
Abberton brothers' grandmother Mavis, who provided
as their mother for most of their childhood while
their own parents were incapable of providing
a stable and guided environment. The Foundation
attempts to suppress the prevalence of "lost
children in broken-homes" and promotes a
solace for those who may otherwise resort to drug
dependency and criminal activity as a result of
by the friendship and brotherhood codes instilled
by the Bra Boys, the Abberton brothers created
a clothing line to reflect the importance of solid
bands between friends and family entitled MyBrothersKeeper
Clothing, sometimes referred to as MBK Clothing.
is a reference to the unspoken motto of the Bra
Boys and can be somewhat translated as the unconditional
love, respect and support of those close to you
regardless of race, gender and age.
members' of the Bra Boys gang such as Koby often
have the MyBrothersKeeper slogan permanently tattooed
on their bodies, however the tattoos are not a
reflection of the clothing line as the clothing
line is in fact a reflection of the Bra Boys themselves
and their moral and ethical codes of friendship.
of the Bra Boys and those who have purchased items
from the MyBrothersKeeper clothing range are often
referred to by the Bra Boys as MBK Soldiers.
murder of Anthony Hines
2003, Abberton became entangled in a court case
resulting from the death of a notorious Sydney
underworld figure Anthony Hines. His older brother,
Jai Abberton was acquitted of the murder early
in 2003 even though he admitted to shooting Hines.
Despite his brother's acquittal of criminal charges,
Koby Abberton still faced a set of criminal charges
and the prospect of jail, as police had charged
him with hindering their investigations.
this time, Abberton faced the loss of a string
of lucrative sponsorship deals he had contracted
through his professional surfing career. Appearing
in court on August 5th of 2003 on three counts
of false statements to police, Koby pleaded not
guilty to being an accessory after the fact to
murder but changed his plea to 'guilty' when in
court a second time on March 21st of 2004.
November 24th, Koby was found guilty of perverting
the course of justice by NSW District Court Acting
Judge Brian Boulten who continued Abberton's bail
on the condition he surrendered his passport.
his sentencing in which Abberton received a 9
month suspended jail sentence, Koby Abberton channeled
his attention towards the Abberton brother's charity,
The Mavis Abberton Foudation, inspired by the
Abberton brothers Grandmother, Mavis Abberton.
brother Jai Abberton's criminal investigation
and Koby's suspected personal involvement in the
murder of Anthony Hines, surfing sponsor and surfwear
giant Oakley stuck by their sponsored surfer.
Abberton once again secured his already established
$300,000 a year endorsement deal with the company.
Cronulla Beach riots, 2005
Abberton brothers and numerous members of their
notorious 'surf gang' received negative press
in Australian news and entertainment publications
following the racially charged 2005 Cronulla riots
originating between opposing ethnic mobs on Cronulla
beach in Sydney, Australia, motivating further
rioting of the same racially charged nature on
a string of other popular Sydney beaches, said
to be an attempt to address the reported incidents
of assaults and intimidatory behavior by groups
of non-locals, some of whom were identified in
earlier media reports as Middle Eastern youths
from the suburbs of Western Sydney.
Abberton brothers and infamous "Bra Boys"
were labeled as playing 'catalyst' to the riots
with Koby Abberton singled out as the main culprit.
Later, Abberton dispute the claims he had attempted
to fuel the riots, going on to tell The Sydney
Morning Herald newspaper that he was "ashamed
to be Australian that day" and had attempted,
alongside his brothers and other Bra Boys to deflect
and suppress the racially charged riots. (Credit:
and Community Entrepreneurs
Bra Boys (movie in 2007)
January 2007 - Koby Abberton judged at Bondi
Blonde Bikini Contest alongside Paris
Hilton and Jack
Man Australia congratulates Koby on both in his
success in pro surfing and his fantastic work
with the community