ASP caught up with Cathels to find out how his ankle is and how his training is progressing.
How’s the ankle?
It’s feeling pretty good. I’ve almost got it back to full strength, but there’s still some pain in it when I put it in certain places in the water. I’m surfing with it all taped up as well.
Was the time out of the water frustrating?
Yeah, it was really frustrating. Having to the watch the ASP World Junior Title be decided without me and then missing out on the entire Aussie leg of the ASP Star and Prime events was tough. It was difficult sitting on the couch seeing everyone I usually compete against getting good results and on top of that, not being able to just go for a surf and forget about everything was so hard.
Tell us how you felt missing the final ASP World Junior event.
It was disappointing. Towards the end of last year and the start of the new year it was always in the forefront of my mind. It was all I thought about. Then to miss it, I was pretty down for a few weeks.
You did some of your best surfing at the event you won in Bali, how far away from that form are you right now?
At the moment my surfing is no where near that. I’ve only surfed about five times. I’m getting there, you just can’t come back and expect to be right back to where you left off. I’ve got to get my ankle used to what I was doing slowly and get my confidence back as well.
How does it feel to have a wildcard into Bells?
It is amazing! I’m honoured that Rip Curl has given me this chance. It’s my first ASP World Championship Tour event. I’d like to be surfing better than I am at the moment. I’m pretty confident that in 10 days time I’ll be surfing much better and between now and Bells if I get as much time in the water as I can I’ll be able to give it a good go.
You will probably surf against Kelly Slater, how does that make you feel?
To get the chance to surf against Slater would be really special. Even if he smashes me I know I’ll still leave a better surfer. I just want to put on a good performance regardless of the result.
What are your plans for the rest of 2012?
I’ll be focusing on the remaining ASP Primes and 6-Stars, making the ASP World Championship Tour is my main goal. I want to change a few things that I did last year with my travelling and preparation, which I think, will help me get there. On top of that I’m just looking forward to all the epic places we get to go to and hopefully score some good waves along the way.