BRYCE YOUNG AND THE LIMITLESS POSSIBILITIES OF FUN. BY ALEX WORKMAN
I rst laid eyes on an asymmetrical craft underfoot of Ryan Burch. It was a clip of the rubber-limbed, Californian goofy-footer dancing down the line at Desert Point and G-Land in a refreshing display of self-expression. Curious, I delved into his Instagram feed to discover he had been cooking up shapes like this for a while and a small tribe of his disciples had been road testing his crafts all around the globe.
One such fellow is Angourie’s Bryce Young, son of Nat. Bryce is a solid 6’3, natural footer who oozes a groovy vibe from yesteryear. I noticed Bryce on the North Shore last winter, posted up at Rocky Point with a gaggle of surfers with similar foam fetishes. They lined the foreshore with photographers, lmers and cool looking hipsters rocking the best of the worst 90s fashion. It was ground zero for high performance sur ng, a world away from the machismo-driven pecking order of Pipeline.
I watched Bryce steer his 5’10 asymmetrical, Burch shape into some of the most rampy looking bowls, slinging his body into turns, rif ng hard off the top, displacing chunks of Paci c and playing a game of cat and mouse behind blue curtains with effortless style and grace. Although this frame is from winter in Aus and not Hawaii, it con rms he’s happy to take the asymmetrical act into ultra heavy situations.
Earlier in the year Young revealed how he got the bug for incongruous shapes.
“Before I met Ryan [Burch] I was riding stock standard thrusters and still enjoying other equipment. But after watching him [Ryan Burch] surf an asymmetrical craft at Desert Point and seeing guys get blown up by a section that no one could make while he’d be bottom turning on that section straight up into the pocket and jamming… it was a real eye opener.”
Continuing his rationale for riding the unique looking craft Bryce stated, “I want to go to the places that give you the feelings of freedom, expression and limitless possibilities. Riding the boards that I’ve been on lately has completely changed my outlook and my world really. For me I’ve never ever felt better on a board, ”.
Like his father before him, it appears Bryce is exploring every avenue of the sur ng spectrum and blowing minds along the way.