LUKE Reading of Wallabi Point hopes to be judging the world's best surfers fulltime within two years.
Reading, 26, is the youngest judge on the world tour. He's recently back from an event in Tahiti and is waiting on word whether he'll be involved in the next round in Brazil.
He admits this is about as close to the perfect job as he could ever have imagined.
"I'm loving it,'' he said.
He gained his spurs on the world tour after graduating first through world qualifying events, while he was also involved with judging contests on the world women's tour.
"This was about the fourth of fifth tour event I've done,'' he said of Tahiti, where Australian Adrian Buchan prevailed over the great US surfer Kelly Slater in the final.
Reading has yet to judge a final and admits that's another ambition.
He concedes it's a high pressure job, with each heat lasting between half an hour and 45 minutes.
"We do two heats on and one off to keep fresh,'' he said.
Reading started surfing when he was a young boy. He later contested world qualifying events in Australia along with ASP pro junior events before deciding to concentrate on judging.
Judging the incomparable Slater - one of the all time greats and an 11 time world champion, can be a bit daunting, he admits.
He explains that Slater has a vibe about him that only elite athletes possess.
"When he comes onto the beach there's a different aura,'' Reading said.
"And the crowd usually trebles when he's surfing. There can be no-one there and suddenly there's 30,000 on the beach.
"As a judge you just have to shut that out.''
Judging at the Pipeline Masters - probably the most famous of the world tour rounds and the Quicksilver Pro on the Gold Coast - traditionally the first event of the tour - are also on his bucket list.
The Quicksilver, he said, usually produced high performance waves which makes adjudicating even more of a challenge.
Reading runs the Saltwater Surf School with elder brother Joel and that helps pay the bills between judging gigs. But he eventually wants to be a fulltime judge and reasons he has plenty of time to achieve this goal.
"I'm about eight years younger than the next youngest,'' he said.
And there's a fair degree of longevity in the job.
"The other judges are into their 30s and 40s,'' he said.
"But I have to wait for someone to retire first.''