Harry Timson – an 18 year old surfer from Cornwall.
Watergate Bay has been Harry Timson’s local surf break for as long as he has been surfing. Prodigiously talented on a board, Harry is already making a real mark on the world surf circuit, often winning titles against surfers who are much older and more experienced than himself.
We caught up with Harry to see what he’s been up to and where he’s been…
How did you get into surfing?
I started surfing when I was three years old, my dad pushed me into my first wave at Watergate Bay and from that moment on I’ve been hooked. I started competing in my teens and since then I’ve won four British titles and even competed in the adult open category at the World Qualifying Series in France.
What does a normal year look like for a young surfer?
I spend most of the year in France, training and doing photo shoots in preparation for the European Pro Junior Tour which takes place throughout Europe. But when that finishes I feel to more tropical waters, such as Indonesia, to tackle the big waves and film a few bits for movies and magazines. And then I do it all over again!
I’m currently in Sumbawa, which is a couple hours from Bali, training for the contests which will take place in the summer months in France and Spain. I love training here because you don’t have to worry about getting cold and the wave quality is a lot better, producing bigger and more powerful waves.
I recently suffered an ankle injury which put me out of the water for a month so I’m focussed on training as much as possible to be back on form. I surf at least two to three times a day, stopping only for food and water.
Where is your favourite place in the World to surf?
My favourite place to surf is without a doubt Lakey Peak, Sumbawa, Indonesia. The waves are perfect, almost as if they have been made by a machine – they are constant and defined. You couldn’t ask for more!
To date, what is your greatest achievement?
For me, my greatest achievement would have to be winning Aerialist of the Year 2012. As a kid I always wanted to master airs as I grew up watching surfers like Reubyn Ash and Alan Stokes reach huge heights. When I won the award I was made up as it showed all the wipeouts and hard work had paid off.
If you weren’t surfing what would you be doing?
I’m not sure to be honest. I guess I’d do something close to surfing. I’ve always enjoyed skate boarding and have also skated since I was about three and won a few skating competitions. So that’s the answer, I’d be a skater.
What’s next for Harry Timson?
I want to be able to make a living from surfing, be it through competitions or free surfing, making videos around the world. It’d be incredible to do something I love as my full time job.
We can guarantee you’ll be seeing a lot of Harry in the future, on websites, in magazines and in the line-up for major competitions – this guy is really making waves (excuse the pun, couldn’t be helped).