The latest from the fountain of youth.
Above: There’s nothing quite like scoring good waves close to home. Photo: Ben Bettridge.
Oh, to be young again! It’s been a while between drinks for our Youth interviews – where we profile the four riders who got their mug in the mag’s new gen section – but we’re back with the four from Riptide #197 up our sleeve. First in line is Bateman Bay’s Marli Dunn, who it seems has already solved the equation for maximising his time in the water, despite being just a young tacker. Read our previous Youth interview – Tahiti’s Hiro Bernede, from Riptide #196 here.
Salty grom stoke. Photo: Ben Bettridge.
RT: Firstly, how does it feel to get your first shot in the mag, and in the same section where guys like George Humphreys, Jordan Putland and Tanner McDaniel have first been introduced in Riptide?
MD: I’m super stoked to get a shot in the mag. It feels that good to finally get some exposure and to get my boof head inside the pages!
What was it like growing up down there?
So you’re from the same area as one of last issue’s Youth riders – Nathan “The Spruce Moose” Spruce?
Yeah, Nathan and I are good mates. We go on a lot of trips together and really push each other a lot. He’s pretty much the only person I surf with and my other mates Ben Bettridge and Mitchell Lightfoot come and shoot every now and then. Apart from that there are no other photographers around.
Who are the main crew ripping near you that you look up to? What about in general, who are your all-time favourite bodyboarders?
Locally I look up to Glen Thurston and another bloke named Sven. He froths as hard as the grommies and he’s always out no matter what the waves are like. The pros I look up to are Ryan Hardy and Kingy. They both surf insane!
Got a part-time job or anything to pay the bills, or still mooching off the folks?
Do you have a taste for the big stuff or still yet to really push yourself?
Little fella, big-ish wave. South Coast. Photo: Mitchell Lightfoot.
What about tech stuff, how would you rate your surfing in that department? What do you need to work on?
Got a missus? Or still playing the young bachelor game?
Nah, not at the moment. Would rather hold off for a bit so I don’t have a girl slowing me down from surfing.
I haven’t really been able to travel much. I do a lot of trips around New South Wales, but still haven’t gone over the border for surfing. This year I’m planning to go to South Oz, it looks so insane. I’m overly keen on surfing Monuments. Overseas I wanna check out Teahupoo and Pipeline.
I’d like to thank Riptide for giving me this opportunity and would also like to thank the Board Lounge for helping me out. Yewwwwww!