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!
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).
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