TIM LATTE – PRO SURFER FROM THE (ALMOST) WAVELESS LAND
By Iris Planting - September 26, 2019
We’ve been working with Tim Latte, the Swedish pro-surfer, photographer and adventurer who’s always in a cheerful mood, as a Suntribe ambassador for a few months already and are stoked that we can finally share some of his stories in our blog! Have you ever wondered how someone born in Stockholm would end up as a professional surfer in the WSL? Almost as unlikely as a sunscreen brand coming from Sweden, no? 😉 For sure Tim had to come up with some unusual training methods to be able to perfect his surfing in a country that doesn’t offer what you would call superb wave conditions …
1) Can you tell us a little about yourself? How do you see yourself?
The way we typically imagine Tim: surfing in Canggu, Bali, Indonesia
2) Why did you start surfing? What attracted you to surfing?
3) In your interview with Surfing Life you say that waves in Sweden are rare (we feel you!) and that you had to improvise to practise surfing - how did you do that?
Looks like all the years of training in a pool have paid off!
4) Pro Surfers from Sweden are also pretty rare - how did you manage to become a part of the pro surfing scene? What would you recommend other aspiring surfers from Sweden / Scandinavia?
Yeah not sure, I guess there is no real formula to get there. My best tip is to just surf as much as possible and analyse your surfing progress. Once you have reached a decent level you have different paths you can choose today – You can compete, free surf and create or charge big waves to only name 3, but I’m sure there are other unexplored paths a young surfer can pursue to earn a living from surfing. Look at us today, some of the best-paid surfers in the world aren’t competing and back when I was young that was seen as the only way to earn a living from surfing.
For comparison: what it looks like when Tim is surfing in Scandinavia (Lofoten, Norway)
5) What is one of your best-surfing memories and where was it?
My best surfing memory to this day and will forever be is when my dad and I share the same wave on a long right-hand point somewhere in the Middle East, only us two out. Its was a priceless moment for me that I will carry with me forever and hope to share many similar moments with my family in the future somewhere in the world.
6) From your Instagram, it looks like you’re travelling a lot. Is there a place that you feel you’ll always travel back to, a home away from home?
Tim on one of his trips, this time to Bali
7) In which country do you spend most of your time at the moment? Or are you always on the move?
8) We fully understand why you love Swedish summers! What do you do when you can’t go surfing?
When I’m not surfing, I do pretty much what everyone else does, work.
I’m self-employed so I structure my days as I please to a certain extent, but usually, I plan projects and travels, shoot and edit photos, email, study and run to meetings to end the day with a good old workout.
Tim when he’s not surfing, somewhere in Mexico this time
9) Where do you see yourself in 5 years, geographically and in life?
10) How cool that you're opening a hostel in Nicaragua, we'll come by for a visit 🙂 Which product is your favourite Suntribe product and why?
For sure it has to be the mineral sunscreen. I hate wearing t-shirts when surfing so I just use that instead and I can stay out all day without burning.
Thank you so much for the interview Tim and good luck on your search for waves!
About Tim Latte: Tim was born in Stockholm and has been a part of the World Surf League between 2012 and 2015. At the moment he is busy travelling around the world (also often by car) and supports iniciatives such as Take3forthesea to remove plastic from our oceans.
Want to continue reading?