Mikaela & Eliza Greene
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.