The Sunshine Coast may no longer be able to call Dave Reardon-Smith one of its own, with the surfing sensation moving to Forster, on the NSW central coast, in his never-ending search for the perfect wave.
The man affectionately known as “Reardo” is still weighing up whether to make the shift permanent even though his Yaroomba home is on the market.
He says the move, which took place over a month ago, is already having a positive effect on his craft as he ramps up his preparation for this weekend’s final round of the Billabong Queensland Champion Circuit series on the Gold Coast.
“I’ve been living down here for about a month, maybe a bit more,” he said.
“I’m going to be doing some surf coaching over the Christmas holidays.
“But it’s been really good because there have been no waves up on the Sunshine Coast for a few weeks, so I’ve been getting heaps of surfs in down here.
Reardon-Smith goes into the sixth and final round of the QCC series in third spot, a substantial points margin behind Currumbin’s Corey Ziems and Yamba’s Matt Jones.
The overall winner of the series earns a wildcard into the world tour event at Snapper Rocks next February.
Reardon-Smith faces a mammoth task if he is to overhaul either of the frontrunners as the format of the series puts him at a disadvantage – only the best four event results for each surfer count in the final tally, so he will need to rack up the points at the Gold Coast.
“I’ve been surfing a fair bit down here,” he said.
“I’ve got two new boards under my belt, so I’ve got every sort of condition covered.
“With them I can surf everything from one foot to six to eight foot, which gives me a lot of confidence.
“I’m really gunning for one of those wildcard spots after the weekend.”
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