ALI Day has come a long way in the sport of surf lifesaving since starting at the Kiama SLSC at the age of eight.
After a number of seasons at Kiama, he moved to Warilla-Barrack Point to help take his career to the next level.
But all didn't go to plan for the now two-time Ocean6 Series ironman champion, who nearly threw it all in at the age of 15.
Thankfully he didn't.
After deciding to make a real go of the sport, Day moved to Mooloolaba, to train under legend Michael King - which led to him winning his first ironman series in 2014/15.
During this time, Day has also become the all-time Coolangatta Gold wins leader, with six to his name.
And most recently, after a number of near misses, including a heartbreaking loss in the 2017/18, the now Surfers Paradise athlete claimed his second ironman series in February.
Hear all about these and what's next for the 29-year-old his in depth chat with Courtney Ward, on this week's edition of the Wide Ward of Sports podcast.