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The Rise of the Youth Champion

14:16 13th June 2012 by Amy Carter
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I got to Australia in November and had a week or so getting a vehicle sorted and straight away headed up to Geraldton. I got a new custom board from Mark Stone, which I really like. I had a twin fin before but that was so slow in comparison. Then I spent a week down at Margaret River and there were waves every day. After that it was up to Gnaraloo where the wave just goes on forever, so much fun! Had Christmas up there, then went down to Lancelin and entered the classic, but there wasn’t so much wind and I only had a 70 litre and 5.0. It was good fun and competition always pushes you to sail well. After that it was over to Esperance which was really good, the water was just a really weird colour, a really amazing clear blue.

There’s a lot of driving to be done out there but there’s no traffic. When you go anywhere you need to prepare; make sure you’ve got water and stuff. The lights on my van in Australia were really bad; I managed to hit a cow, which definitely de-valued the van a bit. I hit it head on but somehow managed to dent the side door. Got better lights in New Zealand which I where I headed for a while after Australia.

Tom Bennett-Lloyd

Tom Bennett-Lloyd

What moves have you cracked during your time travelling?

Well I don’t know about cracked but been getting push loops. Landed one the cleanest I have ever done, but landed in a load of seaweed and got wiped out straight away by the current. I also managed a couple of stalled forwards.

More than anything I just really like to wave ride. My aerials are pretty good now and getting bigger, I really like doing cutbacks and sending loads of spray up. My wave riding definitely improved a lot out there and my confidence in going for aerials and things like that. When I was in Margaret River it was mast high every day, so when I went back to sailing logo high it just felt tiny.

Highlight of the trip?

Gnaraloo is probably the highlight of all my windsurfing so far. Such long rides and Ben Proffitt and Justyna were there too, so they helped me a lot with some moves. The wave out there is just such a good shape.

Tell us about some of the other places you have travelled to?

Australia is the best so far. I had a really good time in Tenerife over the summer. We had only about five days without wind in the whole summer. There is always a bit of a wind swell and you can get a few good turns on a wave. And then there are good jumping spots nearby.

Tell us about your competition experience?

I’ve always tried to get to BWA Rhosneigr and Cornwall events. It’s always been hard to get to events before now as I was always relying on my dad but I managed to get to most of them last year. I used to do a lot of Zone squad before I got more into wave sailing.

I won the youths last year in BWA which was awesome. I used to do pretty good back in the day in course racing. Always did well in the east regional events but not quite as good in the national ones.

Tom Bennett-Lloyd

Tom Bennett-Lloyd. Image courtesy BWA/Dave White

Tiree was a pretty cool place to go for a competition. Such a nice place and so remote. To go there with a load of people to go windsurfing is pretty special.

This year I managed to head to Ireland after Rhossy too, which was pretty incredible!

What are your plans for the future?

In the future I’d love to go to Morocco. I’ve seen it on the windsurf movie and it’s pretty sick and sometime in the Winter I really want to go to Cape Town too.

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