Shaun Green: Young, Free, Alright!

4 Sep 2013 0 Share

The Rad and Creative Youth of Australian Surfing
Presented by Arnette

Interview by Dan Caban

In an age of short web clips saturated with air reverses and patterned socks, it's easy to miss out on timeless style and ol’ fashioned power. Well meet Shaun Green, born and raised on the west coast this young surfer has managed to slip through the cracks of the industry, while getting very barrelled along the way. Landing his first double spread in the last issue of Tracks, Shaun's talent won't go unnoticed for much longer.

Shaun Green, style and comfort amongst some West Oz thunder.

Shaun Green, style and comfort amongst some West Oz thunder.

CW: What was it that initially drew you to surfing?

SG: I suppose my parents bringing me up on the water’s edge and my old boy being a fisherman and surfer, what else was I to do (laughs)? My mum showed me the beauty of the ocean and my love for it grew as I did. Once my friends started surfing it was full steam on the surf train from there.

How old were you at that stage?

About 10 years old.

And you developed your surfing around the heavy reefs of WA?

When my parents stopped in Ulladulla in 2007 I made friends like Jake McKeown, Sean Mawson, Matt King and the DPK. To have a bunch of mates who just wanna surf is the best. In WA we don’t really have as many young people surfing. Once I got back to WA though I was pumped to surf some different waves and the variety helps. 

How do you think the waves and culture of WA have shaped the way you surf? 

I guess as there is a bit more power it develops my surfing to that style and helps me to bury the rail. I think the WA nature has made me pretty relaxed, but I still generally try to surf where the masses aren't.

Do you think having solid waves in your backyard gives you an advantage in modern surfing?

I think it’s always been an advantage having that big wave game which so many people don’t have these days.

Tell us about getting a part as a stunt double in the movie Drift.

I had to surf in some pretty chilly conditions and make it look summery, which meant wearing boardies and stuff (laughs). It was a great experience though for sure.

Is competing something you’re into, or do you more look up to someone like Mark Mathews who just chases slabs?

Yeah I like surfing comps! But I think it's so hard to compare the two. It looks to me like Mark trains just as hard as the competitive pros and they all have the same goal... to win. Mark only has one personal goal and not many people are that committed and have the motivation to do things for themselves like that. He seems pretty fearless to me.

Do you get the opportunity to work with many filmers and photographers?

Yeah I’ve had the pleasure to work with crew like Rick Rifici, Russel Ord, Rick Jackovich, Mike Riley, Jamie Scott, Carsten Reimers, Ivan Tanjung Asher Samelko and a few others. They are all so nice and real good at what they do.

What about your profile from your sponsors, how does that help?

They're great for networking and meeting new folks, invaluable really. Helps so much with getting me to where I hope to be.

Are there any surfers you aspire to be like?

To put it simply I would want to be a Tom Curren and Dane reynolds combo. That is the ultimate surfer to me.

And tell us a bit about the clip that you featured in on Coastalwatch in Sumbawa.

Best waves I’ve surfed by far! All the crew who were on the trip and that I met were legends and it was uber fun!

Young, Free, Alright! is a fortnightly editorial series presented by Coastalwatch and Arnette showcasing and profiling young and up-and-coming photographers, filmmakers, bloggers, artists, musicians, shapers, surfers or whatevers that we've been digging. The rad and creative groms of Australian surfing. Alright!

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