SURF STUDIO: Trevor Hendy and TJ Hendy
This week on the latest episode of Surf Studio, after celebrating Father’s day last weekend, we head to Surfers Paradise to chat to legendary Ironman Trevor Hendy about fatherhood and winning an Aussie title with son TJ Hendy, who says it was one of the most special races of his life.
“The one that stands out for me by a long shot was winning the Australian Board Rescue with TJ five years ago as a 46-year-old,” Trevor said on the 2015 Australian title.
“I don’t know if I’d call it a team event, I’d call it a family event.
“That’s just far and away ahead of any Ironman race I ever won or anything else, it was such a beautiful, profoundly humbling experience to find our way to click on the day and to create that.”
Trevor recalled that he trained hard for eight weeks prior to the 2015 Aussies saying that his goal was to get to TJ at the cans and pic him up as quickly as possible.
“When I got on the board it was just like no one else existed… my mission for eight weeks training was just to get out there and pick him up as fast as I could… I tapped into some special little power,” Trevor said of the start of the race.
“I remember the words forming in my mouth as a little run formed with TJ on the front… ‘go right TJ’ and before I could say it, he titled his chest and tipped us right.
“And in that moment I had this very thought, ‘you’ve done it, your son knows what to do it’s not your job anymore to tell him what to do, let him take you home’ and so for every move I just mimicked him.”
Trevor and TJ padded there way from eighth to second and at the last moment ran ahead of the Manly pair to take out first place and TJ’s first ever Aussies Gold medal.
“It was this ridiculous feeling because it didn’t happen till it happened, it felt like it was never meant to happen, but it felt like was totally meant to happen,” Trevor said.
“It had nothing to do with perfection because we messed it up, and it had everything to do with connection.
“It was like a completion for me from a life long journey that my dad had started a long time before that to be brave enough to be yourself and follow your dreams and now my son was doing it, and that was his first gold medal.”
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