Homegrown Junior Surf Legend

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Winter Vincent is one of two local Manly wildcard entries in the junior event at the Vissla Sydney Surf Pro competition this month. COVERED. found out a little more about this schoolboy surf star, who is part of Queenscliff Boardriders.

Winter Vincent, aged 13, Year 8 with Karabar Distance Education Centre. 

When did you start surfing? When I was five-years-old.

Why - who else in your family surfs? My dad started pushing me in on a foamy at Manly. My dad surfs and my little eight-year-old sister Sunny surfs too. 

What's your favourite home break and then favourite surf break overseas or elsewhere in Australia? Favourite home break is Queenscliff or the Bower, Snapper Rocks in Queensland and overseas, Trestles in California and the Mentawai Islands in Indonesia.

What are your most memorable wins in comps? Winning the Australian Open of Surfing U14s at Manly when I was 11. Also winning two NSW State Titles in a row in the U12s and winning the Rip Curl Grom Search National Finals a few weeks ago. 

Are you natural or goofy? I’m natural.

Describe your style? Speed, power and flow is what I am aiming for.

What boards are you riding? Lost Surfboards by Mayhem Matt Biolis. They are awesome. 

What do you like best about surfing? I love the amazing different places it takes me and all the different waves I get to surf. The excitement of getting a great wave is the best feeling. 

You're taking part in the Vissla competition – what are you hoping for? I’m excited to be a part of a world class event and be surrounded by amazing surfers. I know I will learn a lot and, of course, I will put my best effort in. Hopefully I will get some great waves!

Is it fun as it's so close to home or more nerve wracking? Both! I won the Australian Open of Surfing two years ago in the U14 and the waves were massive and the crowd on the beach was huge. I was so nervous but it was the best feeling surfing on my home beach. 

Are you doing any special preparations? I’m surfing a lot at North Steyne at the contest bank.

Who are your favourite surfers/idols? Julian Wilson, Gabriel Medina and Kolohe Andino.

Who are your sponsors? Hurley, Nike. Lost Surfboards by Mayhem, Futures Fins, Creatures of Leisure, Nixon, Vertra and SexWax.

What would you like to do with surfing? Keep getting better and pushing myself to do more.

Do you see a career in surfing – if so what? Yes, I want to be a top pro-surfer. 

Will you always surf? Yes of course I will surf until I can’t surf anymore.

What other sports do you like? Snowboarding, soccer, basketball and when I’m old enough, dirt-biking.

What else would you like to do as a career if not surfing? Help my dad or take over my dad’s business as an investor.

Advice for groms coming up at the moment? I am not old enough to be giving advice to other kids.