In the first of our series of inspirational interviews with young, upcoming Animal Clothing team riders, we caught up with the multi-talented Animal surfer Georgie Timson, from Newquay.
How long have you been surfing for?
Since I was about 10 (properly)
What surfboard do you ride?
I ride a shortboard, its an Adams Board and is 5ft 6 (Adams are my board sponsors)
What got you started in surfing?
We always used to go to Newquay, Cornwall on holiday when I was young, my Dad took me and my brothers surfing at Watergate Bay.
How long have you been competing?
About 4 years now, I also represent the school for surfing comps
Whats your biggest achievement in surfing?
Being offered sponsorship with Animal, and also from Adams Surfboards. Its been a huge thing for me !
What is your biggest surfing dream?
I would like to start the projunior surf comps next year in Europe.
Where do you most like to surf?
When I’m at home in the UK I surf at Fistral Beach or Watergate Bay.
Where would you most like to surf?
This summer I’ve spent 6 weeks in Hossegor, France which has been amazing, so many good spots to surf. In future I would love to surf in Indonesia.
You are not only an incredible surfer, but a runner too. What’s your biggest running achievement?
Thank you Yes I have done a lot of cross country racing and competed in many. I was a County Champion in 2010 and also in 2011 my school became the National Champions in the English schools (where I was 3rd )
What do you enjoy more running or surfing?
Surfing is definitely number one for me, but running is important to keep my level of fitness up all year round.
Who do you most like to surf with?
My younger brother Sonny (who is also on the Animal Team). We train together and have a lot of fun free surfs.
Who do you get your surfing inspiration from?
Mostly from my older brother Harry, he is away travelling, and surf training most of the time, he has sick videos and one day I hope that will be me.
You train with your Dad and brothers, do you ever find there is rivalry with your family, or do you think it helps push you to be better?
There is no rivalry at all, it pushes me to be the best I can. Dad and Harry give me lots of advice and tips. I also train with Tony Good at Atlantic CoastSurf in an elite group.
What advice would you give girls who would like to start out in surfing?
Don’t be scared to try it, have a go, book a lesson and go for it-you will have no regrets!
How do you train for competitions?
I surf everyday regardless of the sea conditions. At training we do heat drills consisting of perfecting various manoeuvres, airs and tactics.
Do you ever get nervous before a comp? If so how do you calm your nerves?
Yes ! especially the night before, I try and make sure I am fully prepared and on the day before my heat I sometimes listen to music.
What is your favourite post competition treat?
Mmmmmm – well it has to be the big golden arches !!! – ‘Maccas’
What do you do when you are not surfing?
I enjoy skating, also keeping fit. I’m really interested in art and I’m quite creative. I love going for milkshakes with my friends and I’m studying for my exams this year.
Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
I hope I will be travelling and surfing the world as well as still competing, you get to meet a lot of great people.
Do you take part in any other board sports?
We have a boat so I wakeboard and water ski, I used to do board paddling in SurflifeSaving until I was 14.
How do Animal as a sponsor help you?
Animal are fab sponsors, a lovely team, really helpful, they send me lots of gorgeous clothes and wetsuits and also incentives. They also are very supportive and help to promote me too. :))))
What’s your favourite surfing moment so far?
It was when I started completing manoeuvres on my backhand. I was so happy.
How do you push yourself to keep going when you find something challenging?
It can be frustrating but I never ever give up. I try to focus and will keep practising over and over again. No matter how hard or how long it takes – Never Give Up.
What do you most like about surfing?
Being in the ever changing ocean, I love the feeling of freedom and the thrill of catching the waves.
Finish this sentence……….
I wouldn’t be where I am today without…….my family, they give me their full support and encouragement and are with me all the way, they have given me such great opportunities in my life so far