They called him Kid Dynamo and why not? Cheyne Horan was Australian senior schoolboy surfing champion and Coke Australian Open Skateboard champion when he featured in this O’Neill wetsuit advertisement in Breakway surfing magazine, October 1976.
He was sitting for his School Certificate among other activities like surfing, skateboarding, ice skating, playing competitive ice hockey – and shaping and making boards in the backyard of his parents’ home.
It was the launch year of pro surfing’s first tour and 16-year-old Horan finished seventh in the Sydney Surfabout.
He finished runner-up to Wayne Bartholomew in the 1978 world title, winning the Waimea 500. At the start of 1990 he won the Billabong contest, the final event of the pro surfing season. He collected $50,000 for the win.
The world class surfer, who at 10 started riding a Coolite at Bondi, was inducted into Australia’s Surfing Hall of Fame in 2007.
Today he owns Cheyne Horan’s School of Surf in Surfers Paradise, Qld.