Kia Ora, I’m Katie, I’ve been passionate about the big blue from a young age, spending all my childhood years on the coast and in the ocean. I picked up my first surfboard 10 years ago and never looked back. Going on missions and surfing remote places has organically connected me to a network of beautiful wāhine from around the country who are all living true to the passion of chasing waves and weather patterns. I dabble in making my own boards and as part of finding ways to support this community, I started an online platform called Aoka Surf Studio that is based around surf and art, that promotes local female artists and makers and runs women’s surf events. It is an honour to be part of the AWSA Regional Surf Network and looking into the future of women’s surfing in Aotearoa, there are some very exciting things to come.