The 22 year old from Seminyak, Bali, Indonesia, started surfing at the age of 12, due to her love for the Ocean, she fell in love with the sport.
I sit slumped, fatigued from air travel, gazing aimlessly at my phone screen. I am flicking through images to pass time while I wait for my guests to arrive. A little nervous, a tad excited and quite unsure of what awaits on-board the Aileoita. My legs stick to the faux leather seat in the hotel lobby. Foreign exotic smells waft through the air, circulated by air conditioning that is tricking my body into thinking I am back home and not in a smoke engulfed tropical Sumatra, that I am not. Although we share the Indian Ocean with our Indonesian neighbours I am a far cry from my Western Australian desert shores. A day’s travel from Perth to Padang I find myself pensively waiting to board the boat to set sail on my first Mentawai surf trip as a coach and guide.
Bada (the Korean word for ocean) is a short, filmed in Bali in the summer of 2016. It shows five surfergirls’ journeying together to enjoy the surf and overall beauty of Bali.
“It was such a fluke that there was a photographer out there as well. I’m so glad there’s evidence because I think no one would have believed me.”
16-year-old Brisa Hennessy derives from the ‘other side of Oahu.’ Where there isn’t any Pipelines or Sunset Beachs, but on the contrary there are bays full of crystal clear water, white sand beaches, and enough surf to refine her style. Brisa has all the accolades as a budding junior surf star, with numerous National Championship Titles, and a passport full of stamps from her love of traveling. Up next for Brisa is the global stage, with her mind set on the World Tour, and a heart full of the aloha spirit, there’s no telling where her talents will take her.
The Brazilian, who has contested the top tier of women’s surfing for eight years, says the sponsorship struggles have held her back.
During the Billabong Pipe Masters last year, Billabong Women’s team invaded the North Shore for a week. The girls surfed all day, hung out with Teen Vogue, watched the Billabong Pipe Masters, did some hiking, ate lots of yummy local food and had an amazing time together. Because when the working day is done, girl’s just want to have fun.
th the World Surf League Championship tour half way over, we check in with 19 year-old Body Glove Surfer and WSL Rookie of the Year, Tatiana Weston-Webb of Kauai. “So far my rookie season has been a dream ride. I have had some pretty good results and beaten a few people I look up to. So it’s been amazing,” says Tatiana who heads into a contest at Trestles in the next week.
“My favorite part of being on tour is being able to surf with the best surfers in the world and learning from them every session. To win an event this year I think is going to take strong mental preparation and belief, and seven really good heats.”
Pro surfer Maud Le Car, who currently resides in Capbreton, France, just pulled off surfing in a little black dress and heels. She wants you to know that female pro surfers can look glamor and talented at the same time and wants to prove that surfing is not just about glamor. Surfing is one of the most physically demanding sports of the day.
Bethany Hamilton (HAW) has been awarded the coveted wildcard into the Swatch Women’s Pro and will compete alongside the world’s best female surfers in just two weeks time.