El­lie X Turner

Su­per grom El­lie is the UK’s best surfer in decades and killing it on the con­test scene.

Surf Girl - - – Snap Shot – - Pho­tos by James Bow­den • In­ter­view by Han­nah Stocks

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.

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