Byron surfer reaches front page of national magazine
A YOUNG surfer, artist and entrepreneur from Byron Bay has made it onto the front page of Tracks surfing magazine.
Presently riding the waves in Indonesia, Torren Martyn, 25, was modest about obtaining the spot as cover boy.
"I'm sure they get sent hundreds of worthy cover photos. I think I just got lucky, or maybe I just owe someone a couple of bucks," he joked.
"I still haven't seen a copy so it's sort of surreal ... I'm really stoked about it and couldn't be more grateful to everyone that made it happen."
Torren has several sponsors including Californian-based company Electric for sunglasses and watches, Shapers for surf hardware and local board shapers Ed Sinnott and ESP as well as Simon Jones Morning of the Earth.
"There are so many good surfers out there so companies these days are tending to look for ambassadors that offer another dimension, like musicians, artists, shapers and photographers," Torren said.
He recently launched his own business, LayArt, which brings together sticker artists from around the world.
He's also been working on a number of art projects in Indonesia.
"Since I've been over here ... I've had a lot of creative projects and have been lucky enough to collaborate with a couple of clothing companies," Torren said.
"I've been commissioned to do a big installation in a store over here with my art, so that's good, and quite time-consuming."
Torren has spent five months in Indonesia this year and he's looking to come home before Christmas.
His mother, Cindy Martyn, wasn't supposed to find out the news about Tracks until Torren returned home, but it slipped out through one of his friends.
"Torren said he had something pretty exciting to tell me when he got home. I was hanging by my finger nails in suspense, I wanted to know," she said.
"But his friend mentioned it to me and so of course I came home and rang Torren to tell him I knew ... I'm so proud of him."