SETH MOR­RIS

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.

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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……

IN­TER­VIEW STEVE ENG­LAND PHOTO SEAN EVANS

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