Waking up at 5.30am most days to train for the sport you love is not uncommon for many professional athletes.
What is unusual, is following that training session with nine hours working as a builder; backing up for more training in the evening; and then going home to work on an initiative about mental health and suicide prevention.
This is Cooper Chapman's reality and it's why the 24-year-old pro-surfer is making waves in the youth mental health sector.
With his blonde hair and tanned skinned, Cooper certainly looks the part of a professional surfer. But a motivational speaker?
Cooper debuted "The Good Human Factory" in March with a presentation at his former school, Narrabeen Sports High. He spoke to students about - as the name suggests - how to be a better human.
This new chapter in Cooper’s life was inevitable.
He says he’s had a desire to help people since he was a child, but until now he hasn't had the opportunity to do so on such a big scale.
“It’s so easy to be normal and go to work, be a builder and go to surf comps - but I’ve always known I’m not normal,” he said.
I feel like I’ve got more to give... and this is a good opportunity to give something back.
The foundations of The Good Human Factory were laid a couple of years ago at a training camp for the Olympics. It was just after he lost his major sponsor.
This is where he began learning about philosophy and developed his motto: “Through hard work, dedication and passion, be a positive influence on my peers and younger generations.”
However, he says the real catalyst came late last year when his younger sister lost two friends in two months - to suicide.
As we talk, Cooper blends in seamlessly with the surrounding landscape of Mona Vale Beach. He waves to a mate coming in from the surf - it's obvious he feels completely at home here.
The carefree surfer begins to crumble as our discussion turns to youth suicide.
Reflecting on those nights his sister came home after losing a friend, he exclaims: “We live in the most beautiful part of the world, that’s crazy!
“I might not have the answers, but I’ve been lucky with my career - having all these coaches and psychologists give me tools that I’ve used to deal with the pressures of being a young athlete. So, I was like, 'why not give it a go?"
His sister's friends were two of 30 Northern Beaches residents who took their own lives in 2018. It has been described as an epidemic in this part of Sydney, which is known for it’s laid-back, coastal lifestyle.
Beach culture and surf journalist Nick Carroll delved into this under-studied issue in an article for Coastal Watch. He describes the surf culture of the Northern Beaches as “crushingly conformist.”
It's a pressure that Tanya Preston observes every day in her role with the Avalon Youth Hub. But she says it's not new.
"The increased focus on mental health and wellbeing, and encouraging young people to seek help, may have added to the perception that struggles have increased," she said.
But even with this increased focus, she believes it is not enough.
We all need to talk more, and young people need to feel safe about seeking help.
This is exactly what Cooper hopes the Good Human Factory can help to achieve.
In addition to his appearances, Cooper has big plans to combat the issue on a grander scale - beginning with a podcast.
As a pro athlete, he's amassed an impressive social media following, as well as a network of equally impressive friends. He hopes to draw on their individual stories.
“Everyone struggles and has their demons, and we all have really tough days sometimes.”
If we can show vulnerability in the people we look up to on social media... then it might break down this stigma.
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At its core, The Good Human Factory is all about spreading kindness.
Cooper uses his presentation to focus on the ideas of gratitude, philosophy, empathy and compliments - teaching kids that it is "cool to be kind."
Schools often bring in outside help to deliver motivational speeches and workshops.
Cooper’s relatability is what make his talks so engaging and unique; something he knows and is using to his advantage.
“When I was at school I feel like if somebody my age and a bit more relatable talked to me, I would have connected better.
“That’s why I feel like I’ve only got this small keyhole of time to get in there and make my mark.”
It was Cooper’s mentor, Narrabeen Sports High PDHPE teacher Ian Woods, who gave him his first opportunity to ‘make his mark’ - inviting him into the school to give his first presentation.
Ian has nothing but praise for Cooper and The Good Human Factory, a name that he helped develop. He says the messages of gratitude and positivity are so important for students.
“It’s very limited in the curriculum, so having people who have experienced hardships at certain times - and [through] that context of being a Northern Beaches student athlete - it just shows someone who has been through it," he said.
“You don’t have to be defined by who other people think you are.”
While Cooper continues to spread his message and grow his brand, he still holds his lifelong dream of making it to the World Tour and believes achieving this would also benefit the Good Human Factory.
“It would grow massively if I found a sponsor again because then I could get paid to surf and have plenty more time to focus on the Good Human Factory.
“Being a top athlete is extremely difficult but if you can juggle it and still be a good human then that’ll be with you forever, that’s what you get remembered by.” – Eliane Turnbull @eliane_turnbull