Honing his explosive style and precise technique on one of Australia’s most consistent beach breaks, 26-year-old North Narrabeen surfer Davey Cathels is well positioned to become one of Australia’s most dominant surfers across the next decade of his anticipated career.
His father an avid surfer, Davey developed a love of the water and wax comb from a young age and has now been riding waves for in excess of 20 years.
Joining the infamous North Narrabeen Boardriders Club at just 9, he quickly developed the competitive drive which would enable him to represent Australia at the ISA Junior World Titles in 2007 (age 16), win two Australasian Pro Junior events in 2010 and win both a World Pro Junior event in Bali and a WQS event in Japan in 2011.
Highly respected by both surf fans and fellow elite surfers alike, 2015 was the year for Davey that many knew was on the horizon. Placing 2nd in both the South African and Brazilian QS 10,000s, he was able to earn a place on the 2016 World Tour; a lifelong dream and the ultimate goal for any young professional surfer.
Following a promising start to the year with heat wins over the likes of Gabriel Medina, Felipe Toledo and Julian Wilson, Davey was in 16th position after the Brazilian event with an impressive Quarterfinal finish. Unfortunately for the rookie the second half of the year did not go according to plan, with Davey eventually unable to be part of the Top 22 by years end.
Speaking to Tracks in March of this year, Davey reflected positively upon his 2016 rookie stint in an insightful chat with the magazine: “Looking back on last year I think what I’ve taken away is that it was such a huge year of learning, not just in a sense of competitive surfing but my surfing in general and my life, too. I think I grew a lot last year as a person. As a professional surfer I think you have to consistently try to improve in all areas. The strive to get better never really ends.”
Davey is currently placed 30th on the 2017 QS Tour and moving into the Hawaiian leg of the year is still able to requalify for the 2018 World Tour with a strong finish. With the caliber of surfing that he is capable of, it’s widely acknowledged that it will not be long before Davey is once again competing against the world’s best.
His current sponsors include RVCA, Rockstar Energy, FCS, Mayhem surfboards and Warner surfboards.