Words: Caleb Sweeting
We all have the urge to pack up everything and leave behind our boring and sometimes predictive lives for an unknown adventure. That’s exactly what Adelaide surfer David Gill did, he packed up his trusty van, said see-ya to his mates and drove to NSW in pursuit of following his passion involving surfboards and big waves.
“I got a job working for Al Merrick Surfboards and the opportunity was just too good to pass up. I always wanted to leave home and live by the beach so I just moved over there packed my van with all my furniture and drove over.”
The prospect of leaving it all behind is easier said than done, especially when you’re in a foreign state without anyone you know. However, David relished the opportunity to make some new mates and pick up valuable skills along the way. “In my time working for Channel Islands Surfboards, I was lucky enough to make boards for Mick Fanning, Simon Anderson, Kai Otton and Taj Burrow... And I actually made friends with Kai Otton!”
Back home in Adelaide now he hopes to apply everything he has learnt from his experience with Al Merrick Surfboards to eventually start his own similar company here in SA.“I plan on moving down to Seaford where Mum said I can use the shed with my own shaping and glassing bay in there and make my own boards and do ding repairs. Eventually from there I’d like to start my own company, but I still have a lot of learning to do.”
Apart from surfing, David also has a massive passion for skateboarding and says they really go hand in hand. “It’s awesome always have time on a board no matter what it is always having fun and living so close to one of Adelaide’s best skate parks (Osborne), is a bonus so lucky to live here.”
David is a fun dude with a love for surfing, skateboarding and the lifestyle that comes along with these two past times, look out for him in the future he’s sure to make some noise in SA no matter where the waves take him.
Follow him on insta: @davegill_