In­die surfer Clancy is a rare Breed

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NAME: Clancy Breed AGE: 23 HOME: By­ron Bay

CLANCY Breed looks like your typ­i­cal By­ron Bay surfer – and that’s be­cause he is one.

Although he’s not a tourist from a dis­tant land, he’s a tourist nonethe­less, cruis­ing up the East Coast to Cairns with his best friend, Jengo.

Clancy and Jengo have been best mates for 13 years and Clancy said there was no other per­son he’d rather travel north with to “see a croc and swim with the irukandji”.

The boys bought an old van, which they aptly named “Vanos”, and will be driv­ing to Townsville to­wards the wet­ter weather.

Clancy said he was dis­ap­pointed about the weather, as his boat trip got can­celled, but he pre­ferred to look on the bright side; he’d had a tour on land con­sist­ing of wa­ter­ing holes of a dif­fer­ent kind.

What's your favourite des­ti­na­tion so far?

To be hon­est, Sushi Hi in Air­lie Beach has been my favourite – I like this sushi joint more than Noosa, and Finch Hat­ton Gorge – we were lucky enough to get there, the day be­fore the fires hit.

But yeah, Sushi Hi in Air­lie Beach, top stuff!

What's the weirdest thing about Aus­tralian cul­ture?

I think it’s weird how di­verse we all are, and how stereo­types ex­ist, but some­times they’re sur­pris­ingly ac­cu­rate. You’ve prob­a­bly pi­geon-holed me as an in­die surfer dude, and that’s be­cause I am one.

What's your favourite thing about Aus­tralia?

There re­ally is some­thing for every­one and I can just jump in Vanos and drive up to Cairns and that’s a story-wor­thy trip.

How do you think travel has changed you?

Maybe I’m a bet­ter driver now, see­ing as I’ve done most of it; Jengo likes to have a snooze. But life ex­pe­ri­ence helps you evolve and this trip is life ex­pe­ri­ence so I’m evolv­ing right now.

What's your top Aus­tralian travel tip?

It’s a good idea to stick to a bud­get when you’re trav­el­ling, so I rec­om­mend drink­ing goon be­cause that’s cheap. Then you can splash out on tours and sights.

PHOTO: GE­OR­GIA SIMP­SON

CHILLED: Clancy Breed de­cided to go for a dip, re­gard­less of the wild weather.

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