BE­ING ROSY

WE LOVE ROSY, SHE’S THE LADY WITH THE DIS­ARM­ING SMILE BE­HIND THE MIC ON THE WORLD SURF TOUR.

Surf Girl - - Women’s World-tour - Fol­low Rosy on In­sta­gram @rosy­hodge

For­mer pro surfer Rosy Hodge has won thou­sands of fans for her no fuss at­ti­tude and hu­mil­ity when in­ter­view­ing the world’s best surfers. A tomboy at heart, she grew up surfing the point breaks of East Lon­don with the boys in South Africa. Now on the Rip Curl surf team, she’s mar­ried to re­spected surfer Ian Foulke, and when she’s not liv­ing out of a suit­case on the World Tour, she’s set­ting up home in San Cle­mente, Cal­i­for­nia.

On the eve of the World Tour show­down we had a quick chat with Rosy.

Rosy, what’s it like be­ing a com­men­ta­tor on the World Tour?

I love my job – it was the per­fect tran­si­tion from pro surfing for me. It’s not al­ways easy, as it can be a grind with long weeks on the road, and you have be able to talk un­der wa­ter with a mouth­ful of mar­bles, but I wouldn’t want to do any­thing else – at least not for the mo­ment. The vibe on tour is awe­some. Ev­ery­one has be­come like fam­ily to me; we’ve spent so much time on tour to­gether for the last five years.

How has women’s surfing changed over the years since you used to com­pete?

I think we have such an in­sane depth of tal­ent on tour at the mo­ment, and the ladies are awe­some in and out of the wa­ter. It’s been amaz­ing to watch the ca­reers of girls I watched grow up; now they are com­pet­ing and suc­ceed­ing at such an elite level but they are still so gen­uine and grounded. I think ev­ery­one re­spects the gen­er­a­tions that came be­fore them, and have been men­tored or in­spired by some­one from the past. I think that’s one of the best things about surfing – it’s a com­mu­nity and ev­ery gen­er­a­tion passes on the torch to the next.

Does surfing make you a hap­pier per­son?

Surfing just puts a smile on my face. It’s so en­grained in me now that I still wake up and won­der what the waves are like. I grav­i­tate to­wards the ocean and I love be­ing able to jump in the wa­ter and ride waves.

Rosy, J-Bay, South Africa

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