Ella Wil­liams: World Ju­nior Champ

New Zealand Surfing - - Choice As -

A pho­to­graphic ded­i­ca­tion brought to you each is­sue, to blow your mind, make you scream WTF, or make the words "That's choice as" roll off your tongue. There are a lot of things that one could con­sider 'Choice As'. The waves dur­ing the weekend, the party Satur­day night or that hot chick or dude you met at that same party, or even the new board that your shaper just tuned out. But when it comes to 'Choice' things, not much can beat win­ning a World Ti­tle. We catch up with Whanga­mata's Ella Wil­liams on her 'Choice' new ti­tle 'The ASP World Ju­nior Cham­pion'.

Firstly con­grat­u­la­tions to be the WORLD JU­NIOR CHAM­PION must be a sur­real feel­ing. THANKYOU SO MUCH! It is the most in­cred­i­ble feel­ing ever. It's some­thing that words can­not ex­plain re­ally. I am just over the moon with the win! I don't be­lieve it has sunken in yet! I think some­thing this life chang­ing or big in your life won't sink in for a while. The smile on my face will stay for a long time!

How did en­try into the comp come about? It was crazy how it hap­pened! One and a half weeks be­fore I was work­ing in the shop with my brother, all of a sud­den I got an email say­ing "ur­gent please re­ply ASAP!!" I opened it up and it said that a girl just be­fore me on the rank­ings had pulled out be­cause of in­jury. I was next on the rat­ings to get in. So I made the call and se­cured my place and ran with the golden ticket!! Did get­ting that last minute call up take the pres

sure off in the buildup? Yes, I think be­cause of how fast it all hap­pened I was just tak­ing it all in and any­thing was a huge bonus to me. Think­ing ev­ery­one knew they were go­ing to be there so they had time to plan, whereas I didn't and was just so happy to even be in­volved and get there. It was so funny be­cause ev­ery ath­lete there had a proper coach, train­ers and ev­ery­thing!! I just turned up with my mum, no coach, trainer, noth­ing. Just my mum, and won the con­test!

How were the waves and the venue for the event? The waves were fun most of the time, it changed a lot, as a lot of beaches do. One of the first days for the comp it was re­ally solid so they put the boys out. From that day on it just started to drop off but still stayed a con­testable size. But I was just happy to be surf­ing a beach break be­cause I'm used to surf­ing beach breaks at home (Whanga­mata) so I felt very com­fort­able and happy with my sur­round­ings. You've had a stellar year with a fourth place at the ISA World Surf­ing Games in the Open di­vi­sion, then you won the NZ Surf Fes­ti­val to go on and com­pete against the best women surfers in the world, did all th­ese events prior to the World Ju­nior Champs pre­pare you for what was in store? I knew the level was high and all the girls are surf­ing so so strong. It was go­ing to be hard, I knew that. But I was there to win and I would do what­ever it took to take the win! You ar­rived home to a re­cep­tion that has his­tor­i­cally only hap­pened to Rugby Teams, yet the whole town of Whanga­mata and more turned out for a street pa­rade to cel­e­brate you surf­ing suc­cess, how did this feel? It was AMAZ­ING!! The whole com­mu­nity's sup­port has been in­cred­i­ble, for me to have such great peo­ple be­hind me and for them to all put in the time and ef­fort ev­ery lit­tle de­tail did not go un­no­ticed. I'm even lucky enough to be

get­ting my own seat made for me in hon­our of the achieve­ment. It makes me feel so lucky to have all of them, and sup­port­ing me in the way that they do. Very grate­ful. You are an in­spi­ra­tional young woman that sets goals, this year you surfed in a CT event and now have a World Ti­tle to your name, where to from here? Thank you very much! From here on­wards I am go­ing to try and qual­ify for the Women’s World Tour. As soon as I'm on the World Tour I'm just in the hunt for another World Ti­tle! And to al­ways be a happy per­son, have a pos­i­tive out­look on life and keep grow­ing with my surf­ing. Once again a huge con­grat­u­la­tions from NZ Surf­ing Mag we are so proud of your achieve­ments and the way you carry your­self while you rep­re­sent our coun­try and our sport, keep up the great

work! Thank you so much! And also I would just like to say a huge thanks to my fam­ily Dean, Ja­nine and Brae­don for their amaz­ing sup­port, I couldn't have done it with­out you! I'm for­ever grate­ful. And to my spon­sors that have been fan­tas­tic to me, Rip Curl, Weet-Bix and also Reef and Peter An­der­son surf­boards and New Zealand for all of you sup­port, all of your mes­sages, let­ters, phone calls, txts! Ev­ery­thing you have done, I truly will never for­get it and re­ally do ap­pre­ci­ate it so much!

The World Ju­nior Cham­pion out surf­ing on her lo­cal Whanga Bar, who would have ever thought! Photo: Cory.

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