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You’re from Palm Beach on Sydney’s Northern Beaches. What was life like before you made the move to the Coffs Coast?

I spent a lot of time surfing and enjoying an active lifestyle on the Northern Beaches. Surf Life Saving was a big part of my life, and I competed in surfboat rowing with Palm Beach Surf Club, which is where I met my wife, Hadley. I also had my own production company and was a freelance cameraman specialising in water cinematography for TV programs such as Uncle Toby’s Super Series and Forster Ironman. So life was busy, but good!

Your love of surfing has led you to experience it far beyond the wave. Tell us a little bit about this?

In 1998, I was introduced to surf filmmaker Jack McCoy, and we started screening old surf films on a huge outdoor screen to raise money for our local surf club. The response was amazing, and it gave us the idea of making a new film together and screening it in cinemas around Australia. Together, we showcased and produced the films:  TO’ Day of Days, Blue Horizon and Free as a Dog, and for six years we toured the world screening the films in cinemas with the Billabong Jack McCoy Surf Film Festival. Filming took me to some exotic surfing locations in Japan, South Africa, Brazil, Tahiti, Indonesia, and Chile. I was also lucky enough to work with some of the world’s best surfers…

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