Jack Johnson was born on May 18, 1975 in Hawaii and still resides there. Johnson is the son of a famous Hawain surfer and himself started surfing at the age of five. When he was seventeen, Johnson competed in the Banzai Pipeline, a professional surfing tournament. Aside from surfing and writing music, Johnson also worked on film production. His surfer film Ticker Than Water was acclaimed best movie of the year by Surfer magazine in 2000. For his musical talent, he is well known for his soft rock and acoustic melodies and released the album Sleep Through The Static on February 5, 2008. This album quickly reached number one on the Billboard 200 charts and held the record for most iTunes downloads in single day until Cold Play's Viva La Vida set a new record with their album.