The first time I met Alex was just after he had won the King of The Groms at the Nats. He was staying at a mates in Whanga and I took the oportunity to interview him for rising grom in NZSM. I actually got his fellow RPM team mates to help throw some questions for the recorded interview and he handled it well. Alex was obviously new to the limelight and knew he had to answer all questions with care and although there were some curly ones he nailed it pretty well(even with Hambo putting in his 5 cents worth!). Since then he has mentally risen out of the others shadows(at the time he was in awe of other junior surfers). I’ve shot Divey a few times over the last 12 months and he hasnt failed to impress. When a kid can lay rail like an adult then also throw down big rotations, you know they are completing the package. Hopefully come World Junior time in a couple of weeks Divey has a strong head and strong competitive game plan, surfing skill takes you only so far in competition, self belief and aggression and the abiltity to play your heat like a chess game puts you on the podium. Alex can do it. Just believe in yourself son… and “smash em bro”.



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