Parkes in free-surfing comp

Byron Bay Garrett Parks is in the running to be the next Australian ultimate free surfer.
Byron Bay Garrett Parks is in the running to be the next Australian ultimate free surfer.

Byron Bay surfer Garrett Parkes is one of eight Australian surfers competing in this year’s Waves Magazine Black Knight free-surfing competition – an annual event to find Australia’s next ultimate free surfer.

Up for grabs is the opportunity to appear on the cover of Waves Magazine and the chance to become immortalised as an Australian free-surfing legend.

“Garrett’s a natural-footer dynamo who listens to seriously heavy-metal music and surfs with similar intensity and resolve,” Waves Magazine editor Ryan Glen said.

To take part in Waves’ Black Knight competition, each finalist had to shoot a video which has been uploaded to the Waves website for people to vote on.

“My section will hopefully be short and sweet,” Garrett said.

“Living on the North Coast means there’s gonna be footage from a few right points and sandbars.

“The best bit about freestyling is the freedom.

“There’s no time limits like heats and you don’t have to surf to a criteria and have people telling you how to surf.

“You can do whatever you want and can try whatever you want.”

It’s the third year the magazine has run the competition, with previous winners going on to score lucrative sponsorship deals.

Waves invites the community to get behind Garrett, vote for him and put him on the cover of Waves magazine.
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Every voter has the chance to win a prize pack from Garrett’s sponsor Quiksilver.

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