Olivia, one of our students, recently competed in MicroGrom’s junior surfing competition (A grade girls), and won! We gave Olivia a quick interview about her passions for surfing and exercise.
Q: When did you start surfing and what made it alluring to you?
I started surfing when I was about 11 years old. When my family moved to Australia from England my Dad started surfing, and my brother and I wanted to join him out in the ocean. So that Christmas we asked for some surfboards and hit the waves. We instantly fell in love with the sport.
Q: When did you start competing and what drove you to take surfing to the next level (from being a hobby to entering competitions)?
I decided to start competitive surfing when one of my friends introduced me to MicroGroms. MicroGroms is a fun competition for surfers of any level. The divisions are not based on ages, they are based on your ability. So I started in white water (at the very beginning) and have made my way up to the highest grade. Being in this club has pushed me to keep improving and to love the sport more and more. I now love competing, no matter what place I get. Although I strive to be the best that I can be.
Q: How did it feel to win over the weekend? What is your next goal regarding surfing?
Winning over the weekend was a great accomplishment for me. It was the first competition I have ever won. It has given me a boost of confidence for future competitions. My goal for the next two years is to win junior state titles and go to nationals.
Q: You did well on Activities Day also. Why is being active important to you?
I love to exercise and get outside. I have a healthy diet and keep active mainly to improve my surfing. I find that it’s good to have a goal or something to work towards. Being active makes me a happier person.
Q: Do you have any advice for anyone looking to learn how to surf?
My advice to anyone that is wanting to surf is to just go for it. You are never too old to learn. It’s a great way to meet some amazing people and keep active. Keep practising and practising. Surfing is not only a sport, it is a lifestyle.
Keep up the good work, Olivia!