Date of birth:
1991.03.20
Hometown:
Coffs Harbour, Australia
Sponsors:
Cohete Surfboards, C-skins Wetsuits, Surf Craft Repairs,
Hobbies:
Anything that involves the ocean, exploring the world, personal development.
Favourite athletes:
Shaun Cansdell, Owen Wright, Matt Wilkinson and Clay Marzo

BIO

"Alexander Maniatis"

My name is Alex Maniatis and I was born on the 20th of March 1991 in Canberra, the capital city of Australia. I started surfing at the age 10 when my family moved from inland in the state of New South Wales to the eastern coastline of Australia. I began competing when I was 13 with several final results under the age of 16. Soon I progressed to the Australasian Pro Junior series, traveling to locations such as New Zealand, Indonesia, Tahiti and all around Australia.

Highlights include in 2009 winning two national Australian titles, an under 19’s individual All Star champion and MR Shield team’s champion. Since finishing the Pro Junior series in 2010, I felt burnt out and unsatisfied with contest surfing. I decided to put the jersey down and fulfill the free surfing role within the industry, working on video projects and traveling around the globe, maturing and developing my surfing ability.

One of my free surfing achievements is the submission of an Innersection competition entry, which received over 10,000 views and was blogged and posted on many respected websites within the surfing community.


CAREER HIGHLIGHTS

  • 2009: U19’s All star boys individual National champion
  • 2009: U19’s MR Shield teams National champion

INTERVIEW 2015.09.21

What are you looking for to accomplish?

"Alexander Maniatis"

Over the next few years I’m looking to develop my surfing and athletic ability to the highest level that I can possibly achieve. In 2016 I’ll be competing on the World Qualifying Series in which I will be representing Greece, the first male surfer to do so. The eventual goal in the next few years is to qualify for the World Surf League, but most of all, enjoy the journey regardless of whether I win or lose.

What would be your greatest achievement?

My greatest achievement would be winning two Australian Titles in 2009; All Star Boys Individual champion and MR Shield Teams champion.

What kind of difficulties does your sport’s performance involve?

In surfing you are relying on “mother nature”, waves. This can be very unpredictable at times, making consistent performances difficult. Being a great competition surfer requires you to be great at reading and predicting the ocean. It is well known within surfing that some of the best surfers in the world can’t win and be consistently competitive.

What makes you feel satisfied when performing your sport?

The most satisfying thing in surfing is getting “tubed”.  This is where you disappear behind the curtain of the wave traveling through what some people describe as a “pipe”. It can feel hypnotic at times, like some kind of drug, a feeling that is indescribable.

Where do you practice your techniques when being alone?

The best way to improve your surfing technique is through video analysis. When I was a little kid, I used to spend hours in my room watching videos of myself surfing, comparing my technique with my idols.

Alexander Maniatis

What do you do during your training which is key to your success?

Flexibility, core and leg strength are the key elements I concentrate on when training. I’m really into Yoga as it has more benefits than just flexibility. It boosts your immunity, helps you focus, improves your balance, maintains your nervous system and helps loosen back pain, just to name a few.

What are you most nervous about when competing?

My biggest fear is looking back on my life and regretting not working hard enough to achieve my dreams.

"Alexander Maniatis"

Who would you say is your biggest fan and why?

I can’t really say I have any fans that I’m aware of. My Mum’s a champion and has always been supportive of me. I would say she is my biggest fan. Love you mum!

What is the best piece of advice you have been ever given?

Your dreams are always possible with commitment, self-belief and time. It’s easy to give up when you lose! Success is going from failure to failure with a positive attitude.

"Alexander Maniatis"

What are your future plans?

Travel the world surfing professionally with the ultimate goal of qualifying for the World Surf League.

What are your tips for those who begin now?

My biggest tip for those people learning how to surf is that there is only so much someone can teach you. Surfing is all about ‘feeling it’! Just go out and do what feels right, don’t worry about what’s right or wrong. Surfing is an expression of you, like an artist. There is no right or wrong.

"Alexander Maniatis"