We joined forces with Aussie surfer and self-confessed aqua-holic,Tiffany Boddey this month to introduce some Louella color to the beach in Australia!
Here we chat with Tiffany about the important role of the ocean in her life and why everyone should get in to surfing.
- Where did you get your love of the sea?
My grandmother is 70 years old, and goes to the beach most days, so she thinks I got it from her! Haha, however I didn’t always love the ocean. My mother said I hated the beach initially, especially the sand when I was really young. I think I developed a love for the water and water sports when I became a stronger swimmer, when I was around 10 years of age. The salt water became a perfect and pure place of peace and is my number one stress outlet today.
- Have you grown up surfing or did you discover it at a later stage?
I have been surfing for 12 years now. My best friend’s brother introduced us to surfing when we were 12 years old. No one in the family surfed before that but our weekend trips quickly turned into beach sessions every time, with all family members, including my best friend and my father learning to surf with us.
- Where is your best beach in the world?
Uluwatu in Bali, Indonesia!
- What is the best thing about living in Sydney?
The best thing about Sydney is that I don’t live in it! I’m about 1.5 hours drive north of the city and avoid the city at all costs. I’m very much a coastal girl and prefer my local surf breaks which are like ghost towns during the week with 10-30 surfers on weekends instead of the 50+ surfers per break closer to Sydney.
- What 1 tip would you give to a newbie surfer?
I’ve learnt to skateboard, snowboard, wakeboard, waterski, skimboard and stand up paddle board. Surfing takes far longer to learn than any of these. Persistence is key. Progress can be slow at first and I was so fortunate that my dad would drive me 30 minutes to the beach and back three times a week for the first two years.
- Can you tell us about one woman, in any field, who really inspires you, and why?
Dr Caroline Leaf is a cognitive neuroscientist and I am so empowered by her progress and teachings in the field. I love the power of positive thinking and a positive mindset. The ocean is a very reflective place for me and I it keeps me calm and collected, I crave it and it's positivity and prescribe it to anyone with unbearable stress levels in our increasingly busy world.