7. Walk Your Own Path

Tracks - - Animal Spirit -

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.

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