Into the Sunshine is a series of short films that will take you into the lives of some remarkable Queenslanders, showcasing their powerful connection to the environment.
In this episode, we discover Gold Coast surfer Jon Locke and his unique take on family bonding.
Originally from Cottesloe in Western Australia, Jon has spent the majority of his life chasing waves. The freedom, the unpredictability, the escape – there is nothing quite like the exhilaration of riding a wave, says Jon, who has been surfing since he was just four years old.
In his early twenties, he took his passion to the next level and migrated trans-coastal to the Gold Coast, the spiritual home of Australian surfing and ideal setting for his active, outdoor lifestyle.
Now settled down and raising a young family, he and wife Nicole – a champion Iron Woman – share their love of the water with their three children, who can often be spotted flying and dancing through the surf on the front of their dad’s board at Currumbin Beach.
With salt water in their DNA, the Locke children – Indiana, 7, Meika, 5 and Jacob, 4 – also carry on their parent’s tradition of surf lifesaving, the sport through which the couple first met.
Though no longer competing, Jon is excited about the many decades of sharing waves with his family ahead of him – and he couldn’t think of a better place to do it than the Gold Coast.