What does a typical day of training consist of?
Surfing is dependant on Mother Nature and the conditions change daily. I usually start my day by checking the surf forecast and then driving to my local beach – Fistral Beach – to check the surf. I tend to plan my day around when I’ll surf; it’s always better to wait for the right tide to ensure you get the best waves. I like to wake my body up with a surf, then stretch out and refuel in the afternoon. I spend most weekday evenings training at my local gym. I practice yoga and Pilates as well as high intensity interval training.
Where’s the best place your sport has taken you?
I love surfing in the Maldives. The waves break over coral reefs teaming with fish, the water is crystal clear and wonderfully warm. You get to surf in a bikini, which is always a bonus, and because the waves are breaking over the reef they almost become mechanical. This means you can read the wave better allowing you to make the most out of your ride.
What’s been your biggest set back and how did you overcome it?
A few years a go I tore the ligaments in my right ankle whilst training at the gym. It was my own fault. I wasn’t concentrating on what I was doing and my silly mistake cost me six months out of the water. I had to attend numerous physiotherapy sessions and rest, rest, rest! Which I found really hard, being such an active person.
Who was your childhood hero?
I always looked up to Kelly Holmes. I love what she’s done for women’s sports and growing up in the West Midlands until the age of 13, athletics was very relevant for me. She’s a great role model for women in sport.
What’s your worst habit?
I am a bit of a procrastinator. I always seem to put off the things I need to do the most and do the jobs which are more enjoyable instead. I guess we are all a little guilty of that though!
Who would be your number one dinner party guest?
Jamie Oliver, so he can cook me some AMAZING food!
Which app could you not live without?
Instagram. I love sharing what I am up to and seeing what my friends and favourite surfers are doing around the world. I get a lot of inspiration for my own personal projects from Instagram so when I am scrolling through it is strictly for work purposes … honestly.
What did you want to be when you grew up?
A professional dancer. Dance was my first passion but when we moved to the coast I feel in love with the ocean and surfing took over.
Describe yourself in three words.
Stubborn, loving and passionate.