Meet the Timpsons

The Extreme Academy’s team rider, Harry Timson, and his family recently featured in surfer’s bible Wavelength magazine. We take a sneak peak.

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Illustration by Rosie Woods as featured in Wavelength magazine.

Watergate Bay has been Harry Timson’s local surf break for as long as he’s been surfing, which is over 12 years – pretty impressive when you consider Harry is only 16 years old. And his siblings, Sonny and Georgie are hot on his heels.

Extreme Academy has been sponsoring Harry since he was a nipper, and 2014 has been a great year, competing in Portugal and getting plenty of media coverage at home and abroad.

So what does it take to raise a family that lives, breathes and sleeps everything to do with surfing? Wavelength magazine recently asked Vince and Charlotte – parents of Harry, Sonny and Georgie – just that. The piece also includes a brilliant illustration by Rosie Woods transforming the Timpson family into the Simpsons!

Here’s just a small extract, but make sure you pick up a copy of Wavelength to enjoy the whole article.

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Photography: Cus Carvajal.

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Photography: Cus Carvajal.

Vince and Charlotte, on when they first realised Harry had real surfing talent: “Harry surfed his first clean green waves at three years old, being pushed into them at first. We spent the six-week school holidays at Watergate and Harry surfed every day some days not getting out of his suit the whole day, that’s when you know they’re hooked.”

On getting sponsored: “Harry was first picked up by his sponsors Fat Face when they were down in Newquay filming team rider Chris Thomson at Watergate Bay… Harry has other sponsors that help in different ways, some ways financially and some with products. They are all super important, so a big thank you to all of them.”

On what advice they would give to anyone hoping to nudge their kids into surfing, and what would they say to anyone wanting to raise the next Harry Timson: “Parents who think their kids have the talent, and if it’s what the kid wants to do, then go for it! It’s a great sport but don’t just concentrate on competitions, there’s so much more to it. Of course, there will be highs and lows, but push through it and you can succeed.”

Extract from Wavelength magazine. Interview by Max Hepworth-Povey for Wavelength magazine. Illustration by Rosie Woods. Photography: Cus Carvajal.

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