Meet our wonderful Chanel. She is a 37-year-old Currumbin local and is such a pillar of our Switches community. Anyone who has met Chanel will tell you what a warm, welcoming and easy-going person she is, and we are absolutely blessed to have her as part of our surf family.
What got you into surfing and what do you love most about it?
I was always a water baby. My dad played water polo for England when he was young, he always had my brother and I at the beach every spare moment we had. I started scuba diving when I was in my twenties and then found surfing in my thirty’s.
What do you do for work? Any cool hobbies or interests outside of surfing you want to share with us?
I work at St Joseph’s, Gregory Terrace High School, teaching social skills and outdoor education. I absolutely love my job and the challenges that come with it. It’s an all-boys school and I work with 4 male staff. Growing up with my Dad and brother, I’ve always been a tomboy and treated accordingly. I’ve been lucky enough to have some amazing male role models in my life but I have found it somewhat hard to relate to women over the years.
I have a few close girlfriends, but never have I met so many genuine women who just want to see one another do well.
Describe your perfect surf day?
It’s the sunrise waves that do it for me. Getting to start your watching the sun coming up surrounded by our beautiful SW community is something I value immensely; the laughs and stoke we share are really uplifting.
Board of choice?
My 8”4 single fin 🥰
Funniest surfing experience or story?
Nearly 2 years ago Daynia and I were doing our full moon nudie surf at the Alley. We got out into the water just as it was getting dark, the moonlight was so amazing, just enough to be able to see the coming waves. It was glassy, about 2ft, maybe half an hour into our surf both us could hear the sound of bagpipes coming from the rock…starkers we caught party waves under the moonlight listening to bagpipes, it was a very spiritual surreal moment that I’ll never forget.
What do you love about the Surf Witches?
It’s been life changing me for. Getting to meet so many likeminded, yet different women, whom share their passion and support for one another in and out of the water.
What advice would you share with other women starting out?
The best things in life aren’t things, they are moments, shared with those we care about and cherish most. They are made up of smiles and first experiences! Surfing is unlike anything else! Get out there, smile at your awkwardness, we all start as unco beginners!
Connection not perfection, switches not bitches!