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Zach Handcock

by David Archer April 22, 2015

  • The day I got introduced to body surfing was the beginning of an addiction. Before that day. I honestly had no idea it was a thing. From a young age I was always board surfing. Growing up in a family heavily in surf life saving, I was at the beach almost every day after school swimming and running wild. I think for me the beach has become apart of who I am as a person.

    I enjoy bodysurfing more so now then board surfing mainly because its easy going. Everyone who bodysurfs talks to one another in the water - no one fights for waves. It's always party waves and cheering strangers on, having laughs about how badly you got dumped on that last wave, or how sick that barrel was. But the one thing that does suck is bodysurfers are on the bottom of the list when it comes to swimming out to the line up - you are pretty much invisible to anyone else in the water. You get dropped in on by surfers, and try not to get a fin chop as you go under a wave. It can get frustrating.

    Bodysurfing to me is a way to let go, and be myself. It doesn't matter whats going on in the world from the moment I put my fins on. Nothing else matters. I'm a bodysurfer for life, keeping the stoke and bettering my skills. Bodysurfing is apart of me.

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  • 2 MINUTES WITH ZACH


    Where did you grow up?
    Wellington, New Zealand

    Where are you currently living now?
    North Narrabeen, Australia

    What are your favourite local spots?
    Dirty Old Narrabeen for sure and North Curl Curl

    Do you have any other favourite breaks?
    Warriewood, Avalon, sometimes Manly

    What breaks are on your bucket list?
    Hands down The Wedge (California), Pipe Line and Point Panic.

    Have you always bodysurfed?
    I board surfed all my life until I had a go on a handplane and ever since then all I do is bodysurf.

    Do you ride other surf craft?
    Trying to get into riding a Alia Mullet Board

    How are bodysurfers viewed in your local line-up?
    Its to bad but its a love hate relationship.. mostly hate

    What do you find cool and inspiring about bodysurfing?
    The freedom of being one with the ocean and its always over head.

    What’s inspiring you in the water right now?
    Right now trying to better myself pushing myself to take off on bigger waves but also pull spins and do crazy stuff i normally wouldn't do otherwise.

    Where do you hope to take your bodysurfing over the next year?
    Hopefully try some competitions out go surf the wedge is my goal for the year if that happens i'll be a happy man





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