Mikaela & El­iza Greene

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How did you get your start in surf­ing?

MIKAELA: Our fam­ily has al­ways been ocean-ori­en­tated, so it was a nat­u­ral pro­gres­sion for us. But it took El­iza a lit­tle longer to jump on the band­wagon – it wasn’t un­til she won her first state comp age nine that she fell in love with the com­pet­i­tive side.

Was there a turning point where you re­alised surf­ing could be­come your ca­reer?

MIKAELA: There was never an ‘epiphany’. Ev­ery lit­tle suc­cess in com­pe­ti­tions and learn­ing new ma­noeu­vres were just a few of the step­ping stones that made us be­lieve it was pos­si­ble.

As sis­ters in the same sport, how do you en­sure you em­power each other rather than com­pet­ing?

EL­IZA: We have had to grind and work hard to­gether to get to the level we’re at, so a win for one of us is a win for both of us. There are more im­por­tant things in life than sib­ling ri­valry. I feel like I have a dream job trav­el­ling the world and com­pet­ing along­side my sis­ter!

Tell us about gen­der equal­ity in the surf­ing world and what you would like to change?

MIKAELA: The in­dus­try is head­ing in the right di­rec­tion. The World Surf League Or­ga­ni­za­tion has just ap­pointed its first fe­male CEO, and for the first time last year we were part of the first World Qual­i­fy­ing Se­ries com­pe­ti­tion in Bar­ba­dos where women and men had equal prize money.

Th­ese sis­ters travel the globe com­pet­ing in surf­ing comps and cam­paign­ing for equal­ity in their sport.

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