Name: Elin Tawharu Age: 12 From: Mount Maunganui Occupation: Student How long you been surfing and what does it mean to you? I've been surfing since I was about nine, so like three years. To me it means just having fun surfing with friends, keeping fit , just forgetting about problems and stuff and just enjoying the waves. It means everything, I just love the feeling of it.
Where did you first surf and what on? started surfing on my
dads seven footer at X-roads.
Achievements in the surf and in life: NZ Women's U12 winner 2011/2012 1st overall in the Billabong Grom Series 2012 U12. 1st Backdoor Grombash U14 2013. 3rd in the U16's Mount Billabong Grom Series 2013. 6th Western Bay Cross Country. 2nd 100m sprints BOP Athletic Champs.
Interests: Surfing of course, hanging out with friends, basketball,
athletics, running, music, skating.
Your idea of good time? Just hanging with my friends at the beach, with pumping surf in the hot summer!
Goals: Represent NZ for surfing someday. Try my best , and give everything a go. Win lots of comps!!
Fave food: Pizzzaaaaa Advice for budding girl surfers , wanting to give surfing a try? It's super fun! It's a good way to keep fit too. I recommend starting on a bigger board like a mini mal, as I did, it was a good board to learn the basics on. Don't give up! Pretend you just won an academy award, who do you have to throw down a shout out to for getting to where you are in
life right now? I would like to thank dad and Jo, mum and Paul. A special thanks to my big brother Jonas for constantly criticizing my surfing ;) It has made me a better surfer. Also thanks to Marty Matenga, Khan Butler, Matty Scorringe, the Mount girls for always pushing me, all the Mount crew! And everyone who has supported me in any way to help me get here!!
Elin's idea of a good time is hanging out at the beach in summer, so a mid winters trip to Bali was nothing short of the perfect school holiday. Photo: Cory.