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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

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