7. Walk Your Own Path
Harry would be grinding it out on the WQS right now but managed to transition across to a freesurfing career a few years back. He couldn’t be happier. “My comp career was pretty short. I did the whole grom comp thing when I was super young. A lot of parents pushed their kids to compete at a young age. Whereas my parents didn’t. My dad would advise me to compete when I felt ready. So basically, I did the junior series for one year and came third, which meant I went to the worlds in Portugal. The next year I was encouraged to do the WQS events but I didn’t feel ready or experienced enough. Around that time, I started coming down the south coast and met some filmers and freesurfers and that crew and that approach appealed to me a lot more. I was so excited to chase swells. It engrossed me. I don’t like the way the competitive scene is going with the Olympics and the wave pools and that sort of stuff. It’s not that I don’t agree with it – it just doesn’t appeal to me.”
Bush fine-dining – Banana jaffle entrée with a main of pan-fried mushrooms. Above: Harry straddling the inherent challenges of progressive surfing.