HJ hasn't had a love affair with surfing all his life-not yet, but he's working on it! Howard's involvement in the sport is extensive and at all levels: grass roots, academic and commercial. He has spent almost every available opportunity surfing since his grommet days on the N.S.W. central coast. His adult involvement as a competitor, coach, administrator and official includes:
- Membership of the Queensland State Longboard team (1996).
- Conducting surfing and surf survival courses in secondary school sports as an Australian Coaching Council accredited surf riding coach.
- Officiating as a judge for the Queensland team at the national titles (1997).
- Past President and founding member of the fledgling Cabarita Beach (N.S.W.) Longboard Club.
Howard has taught Industrial Arts (then) and Design & Technology (now) for over twenty eight years, including over fourteen years experience writing, implementing and evaluating a N.S.W. Board of Studies endorsed course on surfcraft and composite construction for the Higher School Certificate. He is currently conducting a new course at Kingscliff TAFE involving training for the boatbuilding and surfboard industries. He is also the manufacturer of the highly regarded and sought after HJ Surfboards of Cabarita. Examples of his craft can be seen not just on the Tweed coast but in quivers of aficionados nationwide and overseas.
Along with his surfing Howard has a keen interest in touch football representing Queensland in his age division and successfull coaching school and regional representative teams at state titles. H.J. teaches at Kingscliff High, is VET trained for teaching at TAFE (Plastics), lectures part time at Southern Cross University and surfs on the Tweed coast. In 2005 Southern Cross University was inducted into the Australian Surfing Hall of fame for ‘Pioneering’ with the Diploma of Surfing Studies program to which he has made a significant contribution in its development and subsequent success.
Twice married, the loves of his life are his children Carly, Ethan and Larni.