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