I LEARNT TO GO WITH THE FLOW, I LEARNT THE RE­WARDS OF HARD WORK, I LEARNT A BIT OF SPAN­ISH, POR­TUGUESE AND FRENCH AND I LEARNT HOW TO TRAVEL ON A SHOESTRING AND HOW TO BLOW MONEY QUICKLY.

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Are you a Tim Win­ton fan? Did you get to meet him?

Yeah, I've been hooked on a few of Tim’s books and I had read Breath years ago so I thought it was cool to get to surf for Sando! I didn't get to meet him.

Main­stream surf films haven’t got a great track record when it comes to por­tray­ing surf­ing and surf cul­ture au­then­ti­cally. How do you reckon this one will go? How has be­ing a fa­ther changed your out­look on life?

surf­ing but I'm lov­ing ev­ery minute mate and he's a gem. And so pumped for the jour­ney ahead!

Does it make you re­flect on how you were brought up? Will you par­ent in a sim­i­lar way to your folks or com­pletely dif­fer­ent?

I think Si­mon [Baker] was re­ally great at stick­ing to his guns and not want­ing vests, or ex­tra fins or jet ski as­sist so I think the surf­ing part will be. It's def­i­nitely not go­ing to try to im­i­tate Poin­tBreak

2! Ha-ha. Also I think the land­scape and props were au­then­tic to the time and place too. I wasn't around in that era but the lit­tle snip­pets of pro­duc­tion I saw looked great. I hold hope of surf­ing be­ing rep­re­sented well in this one. I hope I can raise my kids like I was raised. I feel like I had a re­ally idyl­lic child­hood. Dad, as a shaper and avid surfer, Mum gar­den­ing and feed­ing us with so much fresh home grown de­li­cious food. And work­ing five days a week to keep the bills paid. I am still learn­ing from my par­ents all the time and will be look­ing back at my own child­hood for lessons on how to raise Ziggy.

Look­ing back on your ca­reer as a pro surfer – some would say it doesn’t re­ally pre­pare you for the real world. What did you learn from be­ing a pro?

It has given me a deeper ap­pre­ci­a­tion and love for El­iza and my par­ents. It has also pri­ori­tised him and us as a fam­ily over surf­ing. I find my­self spend­ing lots more time work­ing on our block than I learnt to go with the flow, I learnt the re­wards of hard work, I learnt a bit of Span­ish, Por­tuguese and

PHOTO: WAR­RILOW PHOTO: WA­TERS

OP­PO­SITE: HEATH EN­JOY­ING SOME SOUTH AUS' JUICE. BUILD­ING A HOME AND A FAM­ILY. HEATH WITH HIS PART­NER, EL­IZA, BE­FORE THE BIRTH OF THEIR BOY, ZIGGY.

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