Born in Durban, South Africa. Eerily, also Kelly Slater’s birthday.
Starts surfing at three years old.
Offered a soccer scholarship in England. Thankfully, choses surfing.
Wins ISA U/16 World Championship
2006 Makes semi-finals at Billabong Pro J-Bay as a wildcard. ASP World Junior Champion.
Puts surfing world on notice with a stunning North Shore season where he makes final of World Cup at Sunset, wins Triple Crown Rookie Of The Year and stomps a massive rodeo.
2007 Billabong, Nike and O’Neill enter sponsorship bidding war. O’Neill wins. At Boost Mobile Pro at Trestles knocks out Joel Parkinson and Andy Irons on way to ninth place, as a wildcard. Wins World Qualifying Series and sets single season points record.
Rookie year on the World Tour, squeak in as final requalifier, in 26th.
2009 Finishes 11th on tour, stars in Modern Collective, lands that rodeo.
2010 Moves to California, comes second in season opening Quiksilver Pro Gold Coast.