Since the first time I stood up on a wave everything in my life has revolved around surfing. It has consumed my mind for as long as I can remember and the road I have travelled has certainly been defined by the art of surfing.
I started competing at the age of 10 in local board riders comps, scholastics and nationals. I first represented New Zealand at the International Surfing Association World Junior Titles in Bali at the age of 14 and went on to represent New Zealand in my respected age divisons every year.
I then went on to compete on the World U20 Pro Junior Series, travelling with Billabongs international team where I got my first taste of coaching attending the Occy and Luke Egan Billabong development camps. I then began competing on the World Qualifying Series, before stepping down from international competition to focus on travelling the world as a sponsored freesurfer for Billabong.
While freesurfing around the world I meet and became close friends with current World Championship Tour surfer Josh Kerr, who offered me the opportunity of a lifetime, to be his personal filmer and caddy on the 2009 World Championship Tour of surfing. I travelled for the entire year attending all 12 WCT events with Josh, filming every surf and heat analysing where he could improve to help him rise to the top of the World Championship Tour where he sits today.
I returned home at the end of the 2009 WCT season to have my world turned upside down when I was diagnosed with leukaemia. Over the course of the next two years I underwent extensive chemotherapy treatment, studied and learned as much as I could about natural health, nutrition and wellbeing and went on to win my fight with cancer.
Since recovering from my illness I have successfully returned to surfing, competing on the New Zealand surfing tour, travelling on photo trips around the world for Billabong and finding a passion and a use for my experiences and knowledge in coaching surfing. I have now developed The Art Of Surfing – High Performance Coaching as a way of passing on the knowledge and skills I have gained through my experiences to the next generation of aspiring New Zealand surfers.