They say success is not final; it’s just a stepping stone. There will always be more hurdles to come. Mr Freestone’s paved his way to the top of the QS, and now the bottom of the CT. This year he’s had his triumph, which is just a set up to see how far he can rise. So, we had a little chat on where this success stemmed from and how he feels about stepping out of the minors and into the bigs.
Stab: You’ve been close to qualifying the past couple years; where has the mustard come from this year to push you into that top spot?
Jack: Not too much has been different. The only thing that’s changed is my surfing’s gotten a touch better. It’s matured a little bit. I’ve stopped surfing like I’m a junior and started surfing like I should be on the CT. One of the key things myself and my coach have been working on is not necessarily catching more waves, it’s finishing the waves I do catch off strong.
What’s the right amount of QS events to surf if you want to qualify?
I didn’t do every QS this year; just every prime. That’s where the major points are. You don’t really need to burn yourself out and do every contest. As long as you’re consistent in the Primes that’s when you can get yourself into a position to qualify. And that’s been the biggest factor this year; consistency throughout the primes.
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by Morgan Williamson