Matt Cuddihy is a talented Australian surfer/photographer. A recent winner of the Noosa Festival of surfing, Matt has accumulated many accolades from the longboard surfing community. We took some time to learn more.
What was life like growing up?
Life in Noosa has been great. From a young age, I’ve been playing in the ocean on all sorts of things—even bodyboards. (Laughs)
Who did you look up to and admire when you were young?
My mum and dad or “Mom and Dad” for you Yanks. They bought me my first surfboard and introduced me to the ocean.
What was the feeling you had when you first stood on a surfboard?
“Am I flying? I must be flying because I’m going so fast.”
Who/what inspires you?
A lot of people have inspired me in different times in my life—great people like Ansel Adams and John Muir… hiking around, exploring and seeing things in a different way.
Of all the places you have traveled to, what place in particular stands out and why?
I love surfing San O and hanging out at the beach with everyone. I also like the Sierra Nevadas. It’s just so glorious; it makes you feel so small and insignificant.
What is the greatest thing you have learned in your life?
Don’t take anything for granted because it can all come down in a blink of an eye.
What are you most proud of?
I stayed away from drugs.
What meaning does surfing hold for you and how has it changed your life?
I can’t really think of life without surfing. It’s taken me to such beautiful places that non-surfers would have no reason to go to.
What brings you the most happiness in the world?
Coming out of a nice tube.
Who are some of the people you feel are shaping the path for surfing today?
I’ve always been a huge Tom Curren fan, so I think everyone can learn at least something from his surfing.
What is your favorite board? Your favorite surf spot?
I’ve had the same log for about five years. I kind of need a new one, but she’s still me number one and you can’t go past a good wave at Tea Tree.
What’s your favorite meal?
Tortas, tacos… oh, and buffalo wing pizza with hot wing sauce from Selma’s in San Clemente. Whoever came up with that pizza idea should get a freakin’ medal.
What are you currently listening to on your iPod?
The Beatles, CCR, Led Zeppelin, The Shins and Jay-Z.
What causes, projects or organizations do you support?
Noosa Malibu club.
What are you most grateful for?
My mum and dad—so helpful and supportive of everything I would like to do.
What’s next for Matt Cuddihy?
I’m getting into my photography a little more now. And I’m coming back to Cali for the MSA contest in September. See you all there!
Principal photography by surfer/photographer Dane Peterson. All images are copyrighted and may not be used without permission.