A deep love of the ocean and a lifetime of devotion to the surf lifesaving movement continues to reap rewards for one of the Gold Coast's most decorated competitors.
2000 World Ironman Champion Phil Clayton's long list of sporting achievements is testament to an illustrious career spanning over 20 years.
His stellar success has been likened to that of surf lifesaving legend, Trevor Hendy.
At 35 years of age, Phil is the current Australian Belt Race Champion.
The winner of 11 Uncle Toby's events, Clayton has communicated his skills and experience to hundreds of others as a Certificate III and IV in Fitness & Master Trainer and Level 1 strength and conditioning coach.
He also has his Advanced First Aid Certificate and Bronze Medallion and has previously been selected on the Board of the Queensland Surf Coaches Panel.
Phil is a natural communicator and, as Head Coach of the Kurrawa Surf Lifesaving Club, has an innate ability to relate to people and teach them how to read and feel the surf.
It's widely recognised that Phil Clayton's greatest strengths lie is his outstanding surf skills and his ability to win Surf, Ironman and Board races from impossible situations and against all odds.
He instills a winning feeling in his young charges and, most importantly, teaches them how to enjoy their involvements in the sport.
His determination and dedication can be attributed to a young Clayton spending every possible waking moment from the age of five to this very day in the surf - sun up until sun down.
Phil Clayton is a true achiever in the surf lifesaving world.
His sense of humor and passion for life has carried him through his many highlights and are testimony to his tremendous ability.