Billy Curry grew up on a small farm near Bairnsdale, Australia. In year 11 he moved to Melbourne where he completed high school. At this time he represented Australia in sprint kayaking in Europe. His kayaking pursuits continued with seven years with the Victorian Institute of Sport. In 2001 he was knocked down with a burst appendix that almost claimed his life. Recovering from this he graduated from Monash University and went on to win the Victorian surf ski title. Curry has been involved in surf lifesaving for over 20 years. Currently Curry works freelance as a marketing consultant in Germany and spends his weekends river surfing and writing.