It’s not the winning that matters. It’s the taking part that counts or something along those lines. It’s what people say when you’ve just lost a race or a competition and you need moral support or maybe a bit of a hug. Although I was beyond stoked about my achievement and attention I received from just getting nominated I never really thought in my wildest dreams I’d actually win the category ‘Biggest Wave’ in the XXL awards 2012 but that wasn’t going to stop me making the trek over the pond to LA and having a damn good time at the awards ceremony and enjoying every minute of it, which is exactly what I did.
Every cloud has a silver lining and even though I didn’t win, I did get to claim an ‘assist’ for the Biggest Wave winner 2012 and for a new world record of 78ft which went to Garret McNamara on a wave I towed him into on the 1st November 2011 at Nazare, Portugal and he very kindly split his winnings.
You’re only as good as your last wave and it’s been pretty bad of late although of course I’m stoked that last winter was such a great year for me which wouldn’t have been possible without the support from family and sponsors, Analog, Tiki and The Thatch in Croyde but now I’m just looking forward and concentrating on next winter, and hopefully getting some more big waves.