Interview series #1 : Tarnea O’meara

Tarnea O’meara, one of the world’s top 70 female surfers, is a 20 year old chica from Sunshine coast Australia. I first met her at the Taiwan Open of Surfing championship, where I was totally impressed with her surfing skills. Curious to learn more about what is like to be a pro surfer in Australia I asked her the following questions. Enjoy!

 1. WHEN DID YOU START SURFING ?

I started surfing at 16.

2. HOW OFTEN DO YOU PRACTICE? 

I surf every day, can be just the once or 3 times.

3. WHO IS YOUR INSPIRATION ?

I would say my family and Steph Gilmore!

4. WHAT IS YOUR FAVOURITE BOARD?

My 4D fish right now is pretty awesome. I ride it in everything and feel it adapts to it all.

5. WHAT ACCOMPLISHMENT IN SURFING OR IN YOUR CAREER ARE YOU MOST PROUD OF? 

Probably 2nd in Taiwan! It was not the biggest accomplishment, but it was a turning point for me and a bit of confidence boost!

6. WHAT IS YOUR FAVOURITE SURF SPOT?  

I don’t really have a favourite. Every surf break offers something different and that’s why i love it. You are always looking at something new.

7. WHAT WAS YOUR MOST CHALLENGING/MEMORABLE SURFING EXPERIENCE TO DATE?  

I’m only just getting into it and its a hard transition from just surfing to competing. Completely different game. And most memorable would be recently I was surfing out after dark at Snapper and it was only me and 3 other guys out. I have caught my most memorable waves when I couldn’t even see them.
8. FOR YOU WHAT MAKES A SURFTRIP GREAT?

Being with a bunch of friends that just feed off each other. I love going on trips with my brother and friends, we all just cant seem to get enough of surfing and nothing else matters. I love that feeling  being surfed out and having a couple of drinks in the end of the day

9. WHAT IS YOUR BIGGEST FEAR, ARE YOU AFRAID OF SHARKS? 

I’m actually scared of drowning. But I’m getting over that. Sharks don’t really scare me, we are in their territory and I accept that when I’m surfing.

10. WHAT ARE YOUR GOALS FOR THIS YEAR?

To improve on competition, get my self out there and have a go. Travel and have fun at the same time!

11. SPONSORS?

4D surfboards, Rue Stiic Clothing, Froth Surf Wax, Changing Habits Health Food Company

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