Kia ora! My name is Tia, I grew up in Sandy Bay on the Tutukaka Coast of Tai Tokerau (Northland). My whole family surf and my first memory of surfing was about 32 years ago, hanging off my mum’s back like a baby koala while she trimmed along a little peeler at Sandy Bay.
My mum surfed competitively in New Zealand and around the world, meaning a young life of travelling around beautiful surf spots, chasing waves and watching mum chase the dream of being a professional surfer, which was pretty tough at the time, especially if you were a woman.
I work as a Surf Coach for Tutukaka Surf, I am the Vice President of North Coast Boardriders and the President of Northland Surfing Association. My key areas of interest are surfing development for young surfers and increasing participation and engagement for women and girls who surf. I’m excited for this opportunity to give back to the women’s surf community that nurtured me and shaped the person I am today.