“My favourite thing about the trip was the response by the locals. They often suggested that they hadn’t seen many new faces in the area before. Previously, I remember being a grom and getting so stoked every time I saw a pro surfer out in the sea. It was always inspirational. So now, seeing those same looks from the locals made me feel proud. It’s those moments that remind me of my roots and how special these sorts of things are. I’m proud of where I’m from and love showing people around. It’s memories created that’ll stay forever,” asserts Seb Smart, Vans Surf Team.