The New Breed
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