PRO­FILE ON: NIKKI VAN DIJK

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Al­though well known at her lo­cal beach, Nikki first came to the world’s at­ten­tion in 2010 in the surf movie, “First Love.” At 15 years of age the movie fol­lowed the lives of three pas­sion­ate young girls from Phillip Is­land as they started their jour­neys to­wards mak­ing a ca­reer out of surf­ing. It seems apt that four years later, Nikki has done just that and this year is one of the rook­ies on the cov­eted World Tour of Surf­ing.

Born Novem­ber 28th, 1994, Nikki was taught to surf by her dad and be­came the youngest ever to win a State Ju­nior Cham­pion when she took out the event in 2007 at only 12 years old. When she was only 14 years old Nikki won the wild card to com­pete in the WCT Rip Curl event at Bells Beach surf­ing her way to a 9th place fin­ish against the top 17 women in the world. In 2012 Nikki won the ASP World Ju­nior Ti­tle and last year qual­i­fied for the elite world tour.

This year Nikki has had an ex­cel­lent start to her com­pet­i­tive surf­ing ca­reer. At the first 6 star event of the year, the Hur­ley Aus­tralian Open held in Manly, Nikki made it through to the quar­ter fi­nals be­fore be­ing elim­i­nated by Hawai­ian surfer, Malia Manuel. At the sec­ond six star event in New­cas­tle, Nikki just missed out on a spot in the quar­ter fi­nal af­ter fac­ing a stacked heat with an on- fire Dim­ity Stoyle and even­tual event win­ner, Malia Manuel. Nikki has def­i­nitely shown that she can hold her own in a tal­ented pool of com­peti­tors.

Nikki has been spon­sored by Rip Curl since be­ing talent scouted when she was only ten years old and re­cently re­newed her spon­sor­ship with the surf brand. Nikki has also been given the op­por­tu­nity to de­sign her own set of fins and tail­pads for one of her other spon­sors, Ko­mu­nity Project. Ko­mu­nity Project, who pro­duce surf hard­wear and ac­ces­sories, is founded, tested and de­signed by Kelly Slater, so for Nikki to be able to pro­duce her own sig­na­ture se­ries is re­ally ex­cit­ing stuff.

As we were go­ing to print, Nikki was com­pet­ing in the first WCT event of the year, the Roxy Pro on the Gold Coast. We wish her ev­ery suc­cess for her com­ing year…

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