Suphanat Juksujang, a.k.a. “Jeffy” was born on the southern Thai island of Phuket in 1998. He immigrated to America in 2007 with his mother and little sister. Jeffy’s poor English skills didn’t hold him back much at all in school where he immediately excelled at sports which he had never played before. He made the basketball, football and track and field teams at school, but, it was rock climbing that really interested him.
In summer 2010, he and his sister, Chamada, a.k.a. “Jessica” both joined the “Stonemasters” rock climbing team at Hangar 18 Gym in Riverside. His father, James March, was head coach then, and made the two hour plus round trip from Palm Springs twice weekly. James remembers how psyched out they were on their first day of practice where they could hardly boulder V-nothings, when the rest of the team cranked out their problems with ease. Jeffy was determined to get good, and he climbed longer and harder than humanly possible at each workout. Before long he was as ripped as the Andreas Fault and winning almost every competition on the USA Climbing Circuit in his “C” category. In fact it was Jeffy and Jessica alone who qualified and competed at the ABS National Competition in Boulder, CO in Feb. 2011. In the SCS season this past July, Jeffy was the only male Southern Californian climber to compete at this year’s Sport Climbing Nationals Competition held in Atlanta, GA in the speed climbing event.
He flew with his family to Huntsville, AL where he met his aunt and cousins and then road tripped across the South to the Competition site at Stone Summit Gym, in Atlanta.
The competition was heavy, but Jeffy hung tight the first day and moved onto the semi-finals round in eighth place with a blazing time of just over nine seconds for a forty foot climb! His lack of experience and real speed climbing training proved too much to reach the finals round, but he still climbed fast enough to get 13th place in the Nation. A noble achievement for sure for a climber who will no doubt will be a future champion.
Jeffy enjoyed the experience greatly. With the stress of the competition behind him, he relaxed and climbed outside on the Southern sandstone at Sandrock, AL on his trip home. Jeffy would like to thank 5.10 for all their support and Stealth sticky rubber to make his dreams a reality. Rock on Five Ten!