Wombarra surfer Darcy chasing more waves

WINNER: Illawarra Sports High School student Darcy DeClouett rips it up. Picture: Georgia Matts

WINNER: Illawarra Sports High School student Darcy DeClouett rips it up. Picture: Georgia Matts

Darcy DeClouett’s laid back persona belies a steely resolve.

Talk is cheap for the 16-year-old Wombarra surfer who prefers to let his actions in the surf speak for themselves.

Darcy was ‘’stoked’’ to win the 16 and under boys’ fourth round of the Rip Curl Grom Search event in South Australia earlier in November.

But soon after the Illawarra Sports High School student was planning his next course of action.

Long term Darcy wants to follow in the footsteps of his father Christian DeClouett.

But replicating his dad’s surfing results on the World Qualifying Series is just one of many goals.

‘’I want to push the road of becoming a free surfer and work on filming, making good clips and getting my name out there,’’ he said.

‘’I’ve started doing a bit of this already. I spent a few months in Western Australia recently making a movie. It was sick. A really good experience. I can get used to riding some great waves, meeting great people and seeing some fantastic places.’’ 

CHILLING: Darcy DeClouett chills out at Port Kembla beach after a training session. Picture: Georgia Matts

CHILLING: Darcy DeClouett chills out at Port Kembla beach after a training session. Picture: Georgia Matts

But Darcy has some unfinished business to attend to in the meantime. He will head to the Sunshine Coast in Queensland to compete in round five of the Rip Curl Grom Search on December 12-16. Darcy hopes to do well but regardless of how he goes, the talented natural footer is almost guaranteed a spot in the national final at Narabeen in January.

‘’Your two best results count. I’ve had a win and an equal fifth. I’m currently third in the rankings and I think 16 progress to the finals, so things are looking good,’’ he said.

Darcy reckons a lot of his recent success is due to the support he gets at Illawarra Sports High School.

RIDING THE WAVE: Darcy DeClouett's surf coach Nic Squires surfing at Port Kembla Beach. Picture: Georgia Matts

RIDING THE WAVE: Darcy DeClouett's surf coach Nic Squires surfing at Port Kembla Beach. Picture: Georgia Matts

As a member of the school’s Talented Surfer Program, Darcy does daily strength, conditioning and flexibility workouts. The Scarborough Boardriders member also has surf lessons with pro Nic Squires and gets the opportunity to meet with a sports psychologist.

TEAM: Illawarra Sports High School teacher Geoff Latimer, surf coach Nic Squiers ISHS's Talented Surfer Program participants Summer Simon, Darcy DeClouett, Kyen Stuart and Taj Simon at Port Kembla Beach. Picture: Georgia Matts

TEAM: Illawarra Sports High School teacher Geoff Latimer, surf coach Nic Squiers ISHS's Talented Surfer Program participants Summer Simon, Darcy DeClouett, Kyen Stuart and Taj Simon at Port Kembla Beach. Picture: Georgia Matts

‘’Having access to awesome coaches has helped. Nic Squires and Illawarra Sports High have played the biggest role in my surfing career to date,’’ Darcy said.

Nic Squires and Illawarra Sports High have played the biggest role in my surfing. - Darcy DeClouett

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