Pro FilesDan Berry - Going to town on the GC
His low-key act on land belies a fully go-for-broke approach on the water.
And there's little doubt that over the past few years Dan Berry has been one of the (if not, the) most dominant wavesailors in Oz.
Dan's contest record includes several State (NSW) and National Open titles, as well as all four of South-East Queensland's "Classics". And from the sounds of things the Sydney-sider's going to be a force to be reckoned for a good few years yet.
BondiHow old were you when you first started windsurfing?
8yrs oldWhere did you learn?
Narabeen Lakes, then in the Harbour.Who taught you?
My old man taught me back in the days when everyone was sailing, once I got into it he bought me my first board, a Tyronsea Moth, no footstraps and I had to wax it up! I actually learnt to jump on that board.
Pryde/JP best team in the world! By far the most organised and professional team I've ever been with!What's in your quiver?
Flys and twinsers - great combination. Fly 3.9, 4.2, 4.8, 5.1. Twins are 68ltr for screaming down the line sailing, and 76 for everything else.What has been the highlight of the last year for you?
Having a beautiful baby girl, Sofia, and on the windsurfing side, getting my third national title. However the NP event at Currumbin ("Currumbin Classic") would have to be up there, best conditions I've ever had at a comp (even taking into account the 3km I was swept down the beach, twice!!)How often do you sail?
I've got my own business so I'm lucky in that respect, every time the wind blows I'm in the water, gotta love it.
I've been lucky in the fact I've always had people around me with the same mindset as myself (wind blowing - out there!) used to be Oli Barta when he was still in Sydney, nowadays its Matt Cliffe, Rhys Herbert, and Brien Cummings (always love it when Brien ring cuz it means there's a decent wave breaking)Apart from sailing what other types of training do you do?
I try and run and swim at least 5kms a day, no seriously, if I'm not sailing, I work. I'm a landscaper, so work keeps me pretty fit. The only swimming I do is after my gear on a big day. Been surfing a lot lately.Who inspires you?
I stopped sailing for a few years in my early twenties then I saw a video of Fransisco Goya, reminded me of everything I used to love about wavesailing. Was lucky enough to get to know him in Maui a few years back and have kept in touch since. Great guy on and off the water. The only guy I know who will go over the falls on a mast high wave and come up laughing. Great outlook on life.What are your plans for the year ahead?
Keep sailing and competing, and enjoying this great sport.What is your ultimate goal in windsurfing?
Got a few more goals to achieve, but I'll keep those to myself for now.What do you do with yourself when you're not sailing?
Work, surf, play with the kids
Daniel BerryDate of birth?
27/12/74Place of birth?
Auckland, New ZealandWeight?
Wife, 2 kids Alex 11yrs and Sofia 1yrSail number?
KA 212Favourite/signature move?
Gotta be a big backloop (one-handed), Gu Screws, Planing Cheese rolls
Wanda (port tack), Windang (starboard)Most memorable day on the water?
Hookipa mast high and way in the mood (2000ish)If you could live anywhere, where would you choose? Why?
Australia, we have everything here.Current transport? Dream car?
V6 Hilux. V6 Hilux with a bigger lockbox!Favourite food?
Lamb (I am a Kiwi after all)Favourite soundtrack?
Forrest Fire, DKsMost prized possession?
The kids, I own them til they're 18 (laughs). Windsurfing, my 4.8 fly and JP twinny 68Wall flower or party animal?
Wall flowerAnything else you'd like to add?