YOUNG WELSHMAN SETH MORRIS JUST FINISHED IN THE TOP 20 OF THE WORLD IN THE UNDER-16 DIVISION AT THE VISSLA WORLD JUNIOR GAMES. AFTER SUCH A GREAT ACHIEVEMENT WE THOUGHT WE'D BETTER CATCH UP WITH YOUNG MAN FROM HAVERFORDWEST.
How old are you now?
I just turned 16 at the end of August. I live on the coast in the village of Broad Haven. Closest town is Haverfordwest in Pembrokeshire. So my surf spots are Whitesands, Freshwater West, Manobier and the Welsh wedge.
So you just ended up highest placed English surfer at the Vissla junior world champs how does that feel?
It feels pretty good. Unreal. Of course you have to believe you can do it but when it actually happens its a great feeling. You always feel you could have gone further. But I’m super stoked with that result and I’m happy that it meant a lot to the people who support me. It has certainly given me confidence going forward.
It looks like pretty cool squad. definitely some talent in there, and I guess you all get on like a house on fire?
The squad was great. I knew everyone from training and some I had travelled with in previous years but honestly, we generally all got on really well so we were lucky. Most of us have known each other for years now and it was great to share the experience of Japan.
Just as last year the team support was great. Even if someone is gutted at being knocked out they're still straight back down that beach waving a flag for their teammate in the water- it makes a huge difference.
I know you spend a lot of time down in Cornwall … but how does a Welsh lad end up surfing for England?
Since 2012 I’ve spent weeks and weeks every year in Cornwall. I trained with Surf Solutions for five years and competed in Cornwall and Devon several times a year. I was selected for the Surfing GB squad in 2015 and 2016 and went with Surfing GB to the Worlds in the Azores as a team member. I feel I’ve built a really good relationship and connection with that squad and coaching set up. Chris Brown and Damon Beveridge are incredible and have really helped me develop as a surfer. So when it all changed to Surfing England I decided to stay put if I could, as all my most significant surfing influences were there. Even though I’m from Wales my mum's family are Devonians from generations back. My grandad was from Croyde so there’s that connection too. When it comes to rugby though I’m still going to shout for Wales!
For the aspiring groms out there, what kind of training do you do?
There is absolutely no substitute for water time. Just surf and surf and then surf some more. Get out in all conditions - 1ft mush or 5ft clean - just get your board wet at any opportunity, even when its rubbish. Luckily I got to spend lots of time in Europe doing the Pro Juniors this year and learnt a lot from that experience. Out of the water I’ve always been pretty active and try to eat healthily. Just in the last six months I’ve got a personal trainer, Brett Sheppard from Bfit Gym in Milford Haven. He is a surfer himself so understands what I need to do and we've been working on my strength and agility which has really made difference.
What are you plans now. are you home for winter or traveling?
I’m off again next week to Hossegor with my sponsors Rip Curl for a team meet up and also to catch some of the Quiksilver Pro. In late October I have the UKPSA events at Surf Snowdonia and Thurso so I’ll be heading north for a week. Then I’d better show my face at school for a while……