Our stories

Our stories

The Clarence Valley - a chapter in the story of your life.
First Time, Last  Time

First Time, Last Time

25 May 2017

With Dan Ross (Pro Surfer, Coach, Environmental Advocate)

First time you stood up on a surfboard?

I was five years old. Dad took me out on the repurposed back half of a longboard.

Last time you felt fear?

A public speaking engagement last week!

First time you had a sponsor?

Aged 11. Thanks Billabong!

Last time you rode a perfect wave?

Two days ago. It was an amazing view as I took off. I’ve still got it vividly in my mind!

Angourie Point

First time overseas?

Mum took me to London when I was 12. I went to school there for three months.

Last time you were on a plane?

I’m tapping away at these answers on a plane to Sydney now to promote Patagonia’s ‘Yulex’ wetsuits (non-neoprene, environmentally friendly wetsuits).

First memory?

The first memory that really sticks out is getting caught in a rip and thinking I was going to drown. I would have been about six. Dad was surfing out the back and couldn’t see me. Luckily I swam across the sand bank and got to the beach safely.

Last time you were homesick?

When you travel a lot, it all depends on the company around you. I love the friends I’ve made on the road so a lot of places feel like home. That said, I recently spent a month working overseas and couldn’t wait to get back home to the Clarence Valley.

Inside info: Instagram @danielsaaan
Main Pic: Dan takes a stroll. Photo by Margarita Salyak

Back to List

You may also be interested in...

Grafton Sunset Caravan Park

302 Gwydir HighwaySouth Grafton NSW 2460

Crown Hotel Motel

1 Prince StreetGrafton NSW 2460

Fitzroy Motor Inn

27-29 Fitzroy StreetGrafton NSW 2460

view our
“Eye candy for the soul.”