SURF STUDIO: Trevor Hendy OAM: Humble beginnings for the Ironman legend
Before Trevor Hendy was a legend or even a champion of our sport, he travelled around Australia with his family in a ‘single blue dodge truck’ looking for a place to call home.
In episode one of Surf Studio, we chat to the man behind the legend about his humble beginnings with his family and how this played a part in shaping his approach to surf lifesaving and life in general.
From an early age Trevor was instilled with a sense of adventure from his Dad who decided to pack up the family, leave Victoria and travel around Australia before eventually settling on the Gold Coast two years later.
“He used to pull up on the side of the road in different spots between towns … and my sister and I would go for a walk with Dad, and he’d walk us for half an hour into the bush,” Hendy recalls of his Father.
“He’d change directions all the time and we’d have a bit of an adventure and then all of a sudden he’d say ‘okay, point which way is back to the caravan,’
“The first time it happened, I didn’t have a clue I was too busy watching the trees, but I cottoned on pretty quickly that you have to always remember where home is.”
Hendy is widely regarded as one of the most intuitive surf sports competitors in surf lifesaving and put this partly down to his early lessons as a child navigating through foreign bushland using intuition.
“I knew I always had to go my own way and my Father certainly encouraged that in me and I think that grew because that was already intrinsic to me,” said Hendy.
“I had that intuition and that desire to turn left and to turn right, to try a bit of everything.
“I think how it relates in the end, is that I was probably one of the first people to really go ‘well, the rip is 100 metres over there, but I know that that’s the fastest way out, I’m going al the way over there’.
“Everyone else would go it’s too far away, and they’d try and go across the bank and I’d run down, find the rip and then sometimes get out 100 metres in front because I was brave enough to go away off the beaten track…and that’s what my Dad did.”
To hear more from Ironman legend Trevor Hendy and his humble beginnings and early lessons as a child, tune into the first episode of Surf Studio – www.sls.com.au/surf-studio/
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