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.
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
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.