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Spencer Rowson

Junior Surfer Profile ISA WJC 2024- El Salvador

Full Name: Spencer Rowson.

Nickname:  Spence.

Date of birth:  22.11.06.

Hometown: New Plymouth, Taranaki.

Ethnicity: New Zealand European.


Height: 5’9.

Stance: Natural.

How many boards do you own: 6 boards.

Length range:  5’8 to 5’10.

Shaper: Timmy Patterson Surfboards.

Sponsors:  Crystal Cylinder, TPatterson Surfboards, Critical Slide, Sun Bum, Nixon, Sticky Johnson Surf Wax, Smoothstar, CMK Chartered Accountants, Metalcraft Roofing

Favourite board: TPatterson 5’9 A5, Poolparty epoxy

What are your other surf essentials?  My Nixon Base Tide Pro watch, Sun Bum SPF50 Zinc and my Mega Johnson surf wax from Sticky Johnson.

Surfing Since: I started surfing at the age of 3 being pushed into waves. I got my own surfboard at the age of 6.

Who did you start surfing: With my dad at Fitzroy Beach.

Surfing competitively since: I started surfing competitively at the local Micro Grom Comps at about the age of 7.

Competition strategy: Staying calm in stressful situations and believing in my surfing ability.

New Zealand teams: 2022 NZ Junior Surf Team –  travelled to El Salvador for the ISA Junior World Championships. 2023 NZ Junior Surf Team – travelled to Brazil for the ISA Junior World Championships.

Career highlight:  Representing NZ in 2022, 2023 and my 25th place finish in Brazil at the ISA Junior Competition.

Ambitions: : I want to improve on my current world ranking. Compete more internationally.

Main surf breaks you surf: Fitzroy Beach, The Groyne, Stent Road and Graveyards.

Favourite surf break: The Groyne.

People you surf with the most: Kane (aka dad/Rows), Søren, Pauly, the NPBHS Surf Team.

Occupation: Currently Year 13 at New Plymouth Boys’ High School.

Other interests: Fly fishing.

Surfing heroes: Ethan Ewing.

Life heroes:

Favourite food: Nana’s chocolate cake. Legendary.

Favourite movies:

Favourite surf video: Noah Deane (Noz vid).

What is your favourite event to compete at in the New Zealand junior Series?  Whangamata, stop 2 of the Billabong Grom Series.

Have you been to El Salvador before? Yes, in 2022.

What are you looking forward to most about the trip? I am looking forward to surfing back at a familiar break and soaking in the competition atmosphere again.

What boards will you be taking? ? I will take four Timmy Patterson boards including three PU’s and one epoxy.

Is there anyone you would like to thank? I would like to thank my family, friends and my product and financial sponsors.  The Taranaki community has been so awesome and supportive.

What are you doing training wise on the lead up to the ISA World Junior Surfing Championships? I am doing a mix of weight training, ice baths, saunas, mobility work and surfing at least four times a week.

Fundraiser/ give A little link. https://givealittle.co.nz/cause/support-spencer-rowson-to-represent-nz-at-the-isa



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