The Surf Sister Blog
Hive Swimwear teamrider Isabella Nichols recently won the national final of the Rip Curl Grom Search Series and has now qualified for the International Grom Search Series Final. The international final will be held as part of the Bells Easter Classic commencing March 26th - April 1st.
Isabella will represent Australia and will go head to head with eight other national final winners including those from France, Brasil, USA, and Hawaii.
Isabella now has a scholarship position with the High Performance Centre of Surfing and also trains under the supervision of her personal Olympic Sports Physiotherapist Peter Hogg. Isabella certainly has a big year ahead with selection trials for the Australian Team for World Titles also taking place in April.
Good Luck Isabella and the rest of the young ladies that are competing in March!
Words By Peter Hogg
Peter Hogg of Noosa.
APA Titled Sports Physiotherapist Hive Swimwear, Marketing Director. Noosa Sports and Spinal Physiotherapist, Principal Olympic Sports Physiotherapist 2000,2002,2006,2010.
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The All Girls Surfriders Club is a female surfing club that meets on the 4th Sunday of each month for competition. It is a great way to improve your skills and meet other girls who love surfing! Divisions include:
Junior Beginners, Senior Beginners, Longboard ( 9+) 1st ( Shortboard) , 2nd , 3rd Division.
To be a member you will need your own surfboard * be able to swim * be independent in the water, * able to stand up on a board (even if just for very briefly) * and get to and from club rounds, ( location varies each month from Broken Head to Evans Head)
Registration and Girls introduction day is on Feb `17th, 8.30 am – 10.30 am.
This includes a session on beginner surfing tips such as surf awareness, etiquette in competition and rules. To be involved participants must be signed on before 9am as session goes from 9- 10.30am.
First Club round is Lennox Head 24th Feb – meet on the beach just south of Lennox Point Hotel at 7am for sign on.
All Girls Surfriders is an incredibly supportive environment. We believe in empowering women through surfing.
For more info www.allgirlssurf.com
Or call Georgia 0421640034 – or Berenice 0413814708
See you in the waves x
This text will sound a bit like a "dèja vu" from someone called Pedro Adão e Silva in "Life A.S. and D.S.". However, after reading that article, I couldn't help writing a little bit about the story of Nuno Vitorino and so many others that were, somehow, reborn after surf.
Sometimes I get to reflect if surfing is really for anybody who wants to do it or if it chooses us instead. Almost like when people talk about God to children. They are told that He doesn't choose anyone but it's necessary to be receptive and predisposed to see, feel and understand. Therefore, there's a sort of a natural selection. He can't interfere on those who don't see, feel and understand.
In my point of view, it happens so with surfing. It is an urge to be receptive and predisposed to feel what is most spectacular regarding what sea and nature have to offer. It is necessary to love, want really badly, fail and try again; it is vital to look at the waves differently to become a surfer with a capital ‘S’ so that surf can embrace us and not being just a part; as if it can turn into our lifestyle.
As it was told in the other letters, Nuno has remained quadriplegic since he's eighteen when he was accidentally shot with a firegun handled by a friend. However, he didn't give up on living, he didn't limit himself to merely exist and he became a paraolympic athlete. As I used to say, the best thing that life offers us is ourselves. He still had that and didn't throw it away. He is now thirty-two years old and still surfs. Beloved or not, I can't quite tell. He's a surfer anyway: sees, feels and understands it. Along with some other friends he has created the "Liquid State" to help disabled youngsters to overcome any hurdles surf contains.
In this experience, Nuno contemplated the contact with water, salt and the sun- a new life. Even better, the life. He saw in the sea a way of helping other people, a goal, a reason for something. He felt an imediate reward for the effort made.
On the other hand, in Açores, specifically in Fajã da Caldeira de Santo Cristo, São Jorge, the passion for surfing prevailed beyond the reason. Carlos Valério who's thirty-six years old which seven of those spent living on his own in this paradise. He has built a house in Fajã and he has completely redeveloped his lifestyle. Hurdles arose professional and personally, but surfing offered him peace, a new philosophy that led him into a new direction. "The price for being healthy is undoubtedly the most expensive one", he quotes. How many "Carlos" are out there? How many creatures fight with the clock so they can surf an hour a week? Not one, but an hour per week. How many people don't see it as life within the routine? The wish, the belief.
In Santos, Brazil, Valdemir Pereira, who's thirty-seven, is blind but he wanted to surf anyway.
He certainly felt an urge of getting in sync with the waves, of feeling the salty water escaping from his feet, the energy, the power, a huge willingness to have the good without having the bad. His senses were heading up to the sun, to the retrocessions of the tides, to the sound of the waves. Sheer surfing." A person's limit is not what a person can see"- said Val, whose dream is to have the real sensation of flying. After surfing he felt brave enough to try other activities like "capoeira".
Overcoming our own limits is a way of showing that disability doesn't necessarily means lack of ability or intelligence. Furthermore, apart from these extreme cases, there are thousand ones in which this sport (if we can assess it this way) has changed and is still changing and giving life to many people. Surfing can be considered a refuge, a passion, an utopia, an addiction, a state of freedom, companionship, allowance, reason, happiness...or any other thing, depending on the person. What is for sure is that there's indeed "Life A.S. and D.S.", marked by the disfigurement of archaic and trivial people.
Words by Carolina Pereira
Carolina Pereira in Portugal
Carolina Pereira is a young surfer, writer and entrepreneur.
She writes for some magazines, surfing sites, a book of chronicles devoted to surf, trains and competes, and organizes events. She has a brand of extreme sports TV channel online, is part of Surfrider Foundation and also part of a surfing community in Portugal. She has won several awards (national and international) of writing and entrepreneurship related to surfing.
Carolina's sponsors; ORG Surf Community, Janga *, Chicama surfwear, Slide Portugal and Manel Sport.
Yes, it is a popularity contest put on by Surfer magazine that works by voting for your fav surfer girl.
On the Women’s side of the Poll, the Top 5 from 2011 all remained on the list, with Alana Blanchard jumping up into the second position behind Stephanie Gilmore, who reclaimed the top spot for her third SURFER Poll victory.
“I am very excited about this year,” said Gilmore. “I was a little unsure of how it’d unfold, I wasn’t sure if I was going to come out on top because I didn’t win last year. I seriously had one of the best years of my life, and I guess everybody else thought that too. These awards are so important, because it’s the fans voting, so it means a lot.”
Joining Gilmore and Blanchard were fellow ASP Top 17 surfers Coco Ho (HAW), 21, 2011 ASP Women’s World Champion Carissa Moore (HAW), 20, and Sally Fitzgibbons (AUS), 21.
Top 5 Women
1. Steph Gilmore
2. Alana Blanchard
3. Coco Ho
4. Carissa Moore
5. Sally Fitzgibbons
Breast cancer is the most common cancer in Australian women, with one in 9 Australian women diagnosed before the age of 85. October is Australia’s Breast Cancer Awareness Month, a time to show support for women and families personally affected by breast cancer.
More than 14,000 women and 105 men are expected to be diagnosed with breast cancer this year alone. Thirty-eight Australian women are diagnosed every day and while survival rates continue to improve – today more than 88 per cent of women survive five years after diagnosis – there is still a long way to go.
Despite improvements in diagnosis, treatment and management in recent decades, sadly seven Australian women will lose their lives to breast cancer each day - more than 2,700 each year. Raising awareness is an important part of reducing the impact of breast cancer on Australian women and families.
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Breast Cancer Awareness Month is a time to highlight the dedicated and on-going medical research that is helping to advance our knowledge and understanding of the disease and provide improvements in detection, treatments, patient care and health outcomes for those diagnosed with breast cancer.