Watch: 15 Year Old Mitch Rawlins
Mitchell Rawlins. Free surfing extraordinaire, competitive force, boog film connoisseur and bodyboarding businessman. He can do it all. Mitch does not just have a foot in the door of every aspect of our sport… He has barged through them with ease. When quizzed on whether he saw Bodyboarding as his future career back when he was a 15 year old, Mitch responded “No, but I did see it as a lifelong passion and it still is. I was fortunate enough to make some money along the way”
Growing up in the bodyboarding havens of both NSW’s South Coast and then QLD’s Gold Coast were certainly no hindrance in Mitch honing his skill. Lucky for us Tim Barclay has held onto some old footage of a fresh-faced Rawlins and released it as a part of his ‘Random Acts’ Film. A few of Mitch’s iconic tweaked inverts make an appearance. His favourite move back then and now: “Inverts, they still are my favourite”.
The above clip demonstrates that the power and style that has won Mitch the likes of the 2012 Box Pro and 2016 Shark Island Challenge as well as feature in his films Killer Days and AIR were present very early on. The benefits of being discovered as a new kid on the block at such a young age according to Mitch were “The travel and experiences you learn from travelling with older riders”.
Rocking beach blonde hair and tweaking his iconic inverts on a now retro Manta, Mitch’s FOUND empire of boards, fins, wetsuits, clothing and films would have been little more than a figment of his imagination as he was competing in 3ft Gold Coast beachies. Mitch has come a long way in our sport and done a lot for it. After seeing this clip, it’s no real surprise.