Ellie X Turner
Super grom Ellie is the UK’s best surfer in decades and killing it on the contest scene.
I’'ve always loved surfing. Ever since I was really young I’ve been very sporty. I played football and tennis, and I’ve skated my whole life, but surfing always stood out as my favourite – it just felt so different to any other sport. I’m really competitive, so that could be why competition surfing works for me. But it’s not all about podium places; I get so much out of free surfing with my friends and family. Seeing them stoked gives me a massive buzz.
I’ve been surfing for long as I can remember and surf as often as I can. But living in England the waves aren’t always that consistent and in winter it gets dark so early so there’s not enough time after school, so I travel a lot to find waves.
As a surfer I think travelling is hugely important. Learning to surf all different kinds of waves and meeting new people improves my surfing and keeps challenging me. We travel to Indonesia every year for around three months, always trying to find new places to explore.
Whilst I’m away I keep up with schoolwork as well as I can, but sometimes it’s difficult with so many distractions. In remote places the internet can be unreliable and it can be really difficult to switch into school mode when it is 35 + degrees and the surf is pumping!
This year we went to a remote island in Northern Sumatra. I really loved the people, the food, the un-crowded waves, the wild scenery and general vibe of the place – it felt magical. We stayed at a surf resort focused on conservation and sustainable produce, and there was a wave right in front of the camp. There was free yoga every day and I really started to notice the difference in my surfing from the increased flexibility.
I just want to keep on discovering new places, experience different cultures and surf at new spots. It just keeps reminding me why I love what I do so much.