In The Mix Liam Glass

In: In The Mix by doclach 0 Comments Thu 5th Jul '12
Tags: Liam Glass , State titles NSW round 2
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Doc: Hey Liam,
I was asked to choose an outstanding rider at the first round of the NSW State titles. I picked you in the semi's and as it happens you went on to win the open men's division. How did it feel winning at the time and what has been happening since?
LG: I was stoked being my first prone final and first year in the open men's; I have just been surfing around home and filming for a few new clips.

Doc: How has competing in the state titles and then winning it helped with gaining recognition/sponsors?
LG: It definitely helped to lock a few things in for the next year or so, and it was a boost to be recognized, encouraging me wanting to do better.

Doc: It all starts at the grass roots level. You're with Ulladulla, which was reformed by your parents in 2009, what would you say to groms thinking of joining their local club?

LG: Just go for it, whether you want to start competing or would like to join for fun. It has especially helped me get into the right mind set for large comps.

Doc: You started bodyboarding at 11 years old and even then you were noted for good waves selection. For the groms finding their way in the surf, can you give any tips or ideas on choosing good waves as the sets roll in?
LG: I'd tell them to go out, watch the more experienced riders, and see how they ride waves and what ones they are choosing and doing well on.
In the end it's all about becoming familiar with the areas you are surfing.

Doc: You've been club champ for 3 years in a row, how has the regular competition helped your riding?
LG: It has helped me focus on wave selection as well as tweaking my surfing and concentrating on drawing better lines and drive harder, stronger bottom turns.

Doc: You've been to Bali, Cook Islands and Samoa. Can you tell us a little about these trips and what were some of the good times on these?
LG: Bali has just been family surf trips so far but I am looking to get back there soon. Cook Islands and Samoa have both been with local photographer Bryce Gage to get footage and good warm water waves. The good times have been the whole trip, from the time I leave home till getting back. It's always interesting to experience the surfing cultures and the breaks the islands have.

Doc: You're also getting behind the lens and want to take that further as well. What sort of shots are your favorite to take?
LG: Yeah, I am really passionate about my photography, I take landscape, seascape photos mainly but I have been getting into still life and shooting empty waves to capture the raw power of the ocean.

Doc: Who are the riders who inspire you most?
LG: Definitely Mitch Rawlins, Dave Winchester and Thom Robinson.


Doc: What boards are you running in your current quiver and what are your current faves?
LG: The 40 inch Number Six MAX Arent boards, my favorite board at the moment is a 2 year old polypro Number Six MAX that I started riding again cause it is broken in perfectly at the moment.

Doc: What dimensions and core compositions are you finding hot for your riding at the moment?
LG: Polypro 40 inch, I don't even know the dimensions of the board but looks very similar to Ben Players shape.

Doc: And how about accessories - leash, fins and wetsuits?
LG: Number Six leash, Limited Edition Matt Lackey fins, and Attica alpha wetsuit, it's the best suit I have ever worn.

Doc: What would be the biggest wave you've taken on?
LG: About 8 foot at a local bombie run by old surf gurus.

Doc: And what's the toughest wave you've hit up?
LG: Shark Island, toughest wave to score when everyone's out.

Doc: Do you have a crew you hang with in the water?
LG: Joe Silver, Matt McArthur, Glen Thurston, Josh Lappin, Jordan Jaffrey, Bryce Gage.

Doc: What's the maddest road trip you've been on?
LG: Down the south coast with Matty McArthur, Joe Silver and Kane Overall to surf an infamous beach.

Doc: Who are some of your fave photogs?
LG: Phil Gallagher, Ray Collins, Nikki Sixx

Doc: Board history - any chance you can remember and name the boards you have had under you over time? Fave ride ever of all of them?
LG: I think the first board I had was an old school Manta, an LMNOP, three QCD customs, then I got hooked up with some Custom X boards.
For the past 2 and a half years I have been riding for No. Six, my favorite of them all would have been a black polypro No. Six MAX Arent with the rib cage slick, that board was insane.

Doc: Scariest moment on the boog?
LG: Going out Nuggan for the first time with Eli Beach, it was about 6ft (or what would have seemed to be back then when I was younger) and all the big names of body boarding were all out.

Doc: How would describe the boog scene in Australia at the moment and where do you see it heading?
LG: At the moment its still developing, every year its getting more acknowledgement and I can see it getting real big like surfing is at the moment, all we need is money and major sponsors. We have YouTube with the IBA but more would be better.

Doc: What do you reckon BB needs most at the moment?
LG: As I said before corporate sponsors would have a major impact. With the funds, body boarding could advertise to a new level and show everyone how dynamic the sport really is.

Doc: What do you love most about the BB culture?
LG: Being able to surf with my mates, have fun, push each others skill level and forgetting everything to focus on the waves and the ocean.

Doc: You've just had a podcast out and there's another on the way - can you tell us a bit about them?
LG: Yeah the latest one out now is a clip from Samoa and the next one is a self-edit, which is in the final stages of editing. Filmed by the local boys.

Doc: You've just moved, why move from the reefs of Ulladulla and what's on the body boarding scene there?
LG: I haven't moved from Ulladulla, there is no reason to with reefs here.

Doc: Who would you like to give a shout-out to?
LG: Would like to get a shout out to Shane and Mark Britten at Limited Edition, the team at southern man and the boys at home regulating the local. Keep up the good work boys.

Doc: And finally who are your sponsors/supporters?
LG: My sponsors are; No. Six body boards, Limited Edition surf hardware, Attica wetsuits, Southern Man Surf Shop, Grand Flavour and Dragon Optics.
Supporters; the fam and the boys

Thanks so much for your time Liam.

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