ELLA WILLIAMS WORLD JUNIOR CHAMP
Whangamata local, Ella Williams really has had an incredible year and one that is no doubt the beginning of an illustrious career in surfing. After winning the wild card into the ASP World Tour event in April she went on to the World’s in Panama where she placed 4th and finished the year winning the ASP Junior World Championship in Brazil in November. We caught up with the elated teenager to reflect on her year so far…
Firstly congratulations Ella, it’s been an incredible year for you. What has been your highlight so far?
Thankyou so much!! Wow, where do I start? The whole year has had so many positive highlights, but the ones that stand out would be winning the wildcard into the ASP World Tour as a wildcard, then going on to get 4th in the Open Worlds in Panama. And finishing the year off with being crowned ASP Women’s World Junior Champion in Brazil! Words cannot describe how amazing the feeling is and how thrilled I am to be a Kiwi and a World Champion!
You won the NZ Women’s open in Taranaki and earned the Wild Card spot into the World Tour event. What was it was like surfing against such high calibre athletes?
Winning the wildcard was a dream come true! It was so awesome to surf against all the women surfers that I look up to. I think it's great surfing against such high calibre of surfers because it makes you step up your game to improve and grow as a surfer! It can only make you a stronger surfer and athlete.
Growing up in a surfing community such as Whangamata must have had a huge influence on your surfing.
Yeah, it's amazing growing up in Whangamata! I feel so lucky to live in such beautiful beach and to have such a