14 year old Asia Braithwaite set down a goal earlier this year, to get barrelled on a solid day. Since then she has been out putting in the yards during some thumping sessions getting more comfortable with each session. Last week Asia slotted this barrel which was one of the better tubes of the day […]
Riverton’s Marama Pou has had her feet planted firmly on a surf board since she was a child.
Now, she is encouraging other Southland females to come along for the ride.
After more than 30 years of living and breathing the sport, she has been selected to be the Southland ambassador for the Aotearoa Women’s Surfing Association (AWSA).
She was taught to surf at 2 years old by her father.
As a toddler, she and her family took on the waves at Mitchells Bay.
‘‘Surfing was a really male-dominated sport when I was growing up but I’ve seen more and more women and young girls getting into it too … I want to keep that going here [in Southland].’’
Although it was early in her role, she had a few ideas in mind, from organising weekly surf meets to surf yoga, have-a-go days and board swaps with other female surfers.
‘‘There’s a real range of ages of females getting into the sport.
‘‘Surfing with boys is cool but the social aspect of surfing with girls is great … having that sense of camaraderie.’’
Now a parent, she had passed the ‘‘surfing bug’’ on to her own daughter, 11-year-old Keita.
‘‘She’s got more medals than me now. We now have three generations of female surfers in my family and we still all surf, which is pretty cool.’’
One of the motivations for taking on the role was to show other females they could do whatever they put their mind to, even after facing adversity.
About three years ago, the former Otago-Southland surfing representative suffered a stroke which left half of her body paralysed.
‘‘I had to quit my job, I couldn’t drive, I lost my confidence and had to relearn everything. Getting back into surfing about five months later helped me get that back.’’
With a drive to bring more females together through surfing, she hoped the Southland AWSA would give the younger generation of surfers a community to be a part of.
‘‘It’s a chance to guide them and offer support, but surfing is really all about having fun.’’
AWSA board member Daisy Thomas caught up with Ava last week at Scholastics after she took out the U14 division.
We are stoked to announce the winner of the Carissa Moore Scholarship. Congratulations to Natasha Gouldsbury on being selected to travel to Hawaii and train with Carissa Moore!
In her parents basement in Orewa, Lou Aitken is riding the quest of a wave, as one of a rare breed of women who create surfboards. Jim Kayes reports.
New Zealand’s Paige Hareb has requalified for the World Surf League’s full championship tour in 2019.
The Taranaki surfer confirmed her place in the elite division with a standout performance in Australia on Monday.
Hareb has had her struggles on the world championship tour (WCT) this year, failing to make it past the second round and being ranked 18th with just one event left in Hawaii later this month.