Austin Hollinghead

Before I found my first love, the ocean, I grew up in the swamps swimming with alligators instead of sharks living in my quiet little town of Melbourne, Florida. I’ve always been involved with many sports, but when I was 10 I saw my uncle surfing for the first time and instantly knew that it was going to become my life. Little did I know after bringing it up to my dad that he surfed for most of his life and stopped just before I was born, so we went down the pawn shop, bought two boards, and the rest is history. I was hooked, surfing took over. I knew that from the moment I caught my first wave I had found my true passion. I took the rains and never stopped.

Since then, I’ve traveled up and down both coasts of the United States, almost all of Central America, and Japan searching and seeking new waves, culture, and that’s not going to be the end of it. One of the highlights of my surfing career at the moment is when I flew to Japan to do my first WLT contest on my 18th birthday last year! But my favorite surf destination has to be Panama, it’s one of the most beautiful and untamed places I’ve ever been.

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