Many athletes achieve great results when luck goes their way. However, few athletes have the desire and toughness to win when they shouldn't I am professional surfer, traveling the world, competing.
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It’s always a strange feeling packing your bags for the first WQS event of the year. For most people packing for an overseas surf trip, comes with a sense of relief and excitement. It signals some down time, away from the rat race, warm weather, cold beverages and pumping waves.
With Christmas and my traditional Rhythm and Vines New Years done and dusted for the year it was soon time to dial in and get prepared for the first competition of my 2013, the Nationals at Piha.
After the event in France, and we'd finished with the event festivities my traveling crew and I completed our checkout, and started to organise our trip to the Pantin Classic Pro in Spain.
It’s my first year on the WQS and the big difference between the Australasian Pro Junior tour and the European WQS series is the amount of travel involved between events.
My travelling companions, Thomas Woods and Ryan Callinan, got the morning flight from Japan to London and I flew solo on the later flight.
I'd had such an amazing time in South Africa catching up with long lost family and friends I was almost bummed out to leave. The weather had been amazing, the surf had pumped every day and we'd been shown some amazing hospitality by our hosts. Such a refreshing change from the usual contest mission where you usually fly in, compete, fly out. I can't wait to hit up South Africa again.
I was excited to head back to South Africa. I haven't been back since my family left for a new life in New Zealand when I was 5 years old. It's a pretty arduous 24 hour flight, and usually involves a few connecting flights here and there.
Sometimes, but hardly ever, Professional Surfing and all its trials and tribulations can be a bit of a drag. Time spent away from family, friends and home, the constant travel, airports and adjusting to time zones while competing are definitely downsides in an otherwise incredibly exciting and rewarding career.
I flew back from Manly a couple of days before the Gissy event and managed to squeeze in a couple of training sessions with my trainer Emmerson. When I'm home I love to train boxing and other martial arts and find it an awesome preparation and point of difference for my surfing.
I flew direct from the Burleigh WQS event in the Gold Coast to the Australian Open at Manly, Sydney. Upon arrival at Manly, I hooked up with fellow Fox rider Robbie France and Fox team manager Kade Taylor. Robbie has a sick pad out at Collaroy, about twenty minutes north of the comp site.