“I’m my biggest critic. I always think I can do better. I want everything I do to be enjoyable to watch.”
As natural as it might have appeared to follow in his father’s footsteps, Pete Devries’ desire to pursue a life of surfing is not something many Canadians grow up dreaming about. Cold temperatures and unruly choppy swell don’t exactly create the ideal conditions for surf paradise. But Pete’s determination to embrace the wildness of Northern Pacific wave riding helped him hone a courageous and flowing style of surfing that entranced the surf community.
Pete Devries By The Numbers
Surfing is something that never gets old. The constant change of the ocean is why surfing is the most interesting, challenging and frustrating sport. Surfing is something that keeps me on my toes and constantly gives me the opportunity to keep learning and growing. The ocean can be your best friend or worst enemy and keeps you guessing every day.
Winning the Oneill Coldwater Classic, a 6 star WQS, was a big moment for me. I hadn't competed internationally in years and was focusing on freesurfing so it was an unexpected result for me. To be the first Canadian to win a WQS event was amazing. To do it on the beach where I grew up with all my friends and family there to support me was surreal.
Photos By: Marcus Paladino