VICTOR HARBOR – Growing up with two brothers can have its advantages and Victor Harbor’s Alex Rix has reaped big rewards for a family rivalry that has helped him be the best surfer possible.
The 25-year-old has won South Australian Surfer of the Year.
It is the first time Alex has won the coveted award on the back of some outstanding performances throughout 2016.
The award was judged on performances in a collection of state surfing competitions.
Alex won the Robe Classic, finished second in the state titles at Middleton and had good finishes in the Winter Classic at Parsons Beach and in the Yorkes Classic on the Yorke Peniunsula.
“During the year I achieved so much and had some of the best results I have had and to win this award is a huge honour,” Alex said.
“It took me by surprise, but it recognised everything I have done over the year, which makes this award so rewarding. It is a great feeling once I realised and it sank in I had won.
“So many great surfers have won this award and to have my name linked with those, who are the best surfers in the state, is a massive honour.”
Alex travels right around Australia chasing the best breaks and he could not achieve the honour without the support of his family and sponsors.
“I have had so much support being able to do something I love,” he said.
“My sponsors O’Neill, Stacey Surfboards and Bersih thongs have been important to me and helped me out so much.”
Alex loves the sport and growing up on the south coast has meant he has had some of the state’s best breaks in his own backyard.
The south coast beaches has been his playground and he has been surfing since he was 10-years-old.
“I have grown up on the south coast beaches with my brothers Lachie and Callum and we have always pushed each other,” Alex said.
“My family is important. I also have terrific local surfing mates in Khai Adams, Steve and Andy Manners and Matt Walsh.
“We have all done it together and my favourite south coast surfing spot is Waitpinga.”
Alex has had a top 2016 and already is preparing for some more monumental battles with his “mates” in the years to come, not just on the great breaks of the south coast, but wherever it will take them.