The New Breed

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the joy out of what was once a care­free life­style. How­ever, the days of jump­ing into the con­vey-van with friends to chase the lat­est swell still ex­ists, just not so much dur­ing the com­pe­ti­tion sea­son. Fe­male surfers are now train­ing on and off the wa­ter to en­sure they are in peak shape to gain the de­sired re­sults. To be a pro­fes­sional surfer, suc­cess in com­pe­ti­tions is vi­tal to en­sure that spon­sor­ships with ma­jor brands are re­tained, and for those on not so lu­cra­tive spon­sor­ship deals, or to­tally un­spon­sored, re­sults are needed in or­der to ad­e­quately earn a wage that en­ables them to keep com­pet­ing. It is in­ter­est­ing to note that the top ten surfers in the world all have fairly sta­ble spon­sor­ship deals, be­low that the girls are do­ing it the hard way.

The top six surfers share some­thing in com­mon other than just be­ing well spon­sored, they also share this new ap­proach to the sport. The dark fig­ure you can see carv­ing lines in the early mornign light will likely be Sally Fitzgib­bons, Carissa Moore, Court­ney Con­logue or Lakey Peter­son out in the waves in the early morn­ing dusk.

Words by Lucy Curno

and Natalie Cyro

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