Meet Wano, our longboarding QUEEN! Wano is 38 and originally from Taiwan. You will find her surfing with her daughter almost every single morning down at the Alley. Watching Wano surf is something else – she is absolutely mesmerising, has the most beautiful style and can catch waves in any condition. Make sure you say hello if you see her, she is also the friendliest person out there!
What got you into surfing and what do you love most about it?
I saw a surfer riding the waves and it looked so amazing that I had to try it. After that I decided to take up surfing.
The great thing about surfing is you never stop learning. I am so addicted to the challenge and excitement in surfing.
What do you do for work? Any cool hobbies or interests outside of surfing you want to share with us?
My job as a mobile hairdresser allows me and my daughter to surf every morning before school and work.
My other interests is music; I like to play ukulele with group of other surfers every Friday.
Describe your perfect surf day?
My perfect surf day is when the waves are clean and glassy 3-4 ft without being too crowded. In these conditions I’m able to relax and get many waves.
Board of choice?
My boards of choice are:
My 91ft Rooster all all-rounder when the waves are hollow, fast, big and the wind is blowing from the north.
When the wind is blowing from the south and the waves are big and clean I like to ride my 9.5ft Thomas logger.
But on small day whatever wind is blowing I’ll surf my 9.6ft Terry Glass.
Funniest surfing experience or story?
When I was beginner I would wipe out often and one day when I wiped out my bikini top come off and when I get back on my surfboard there was a male surfer watching me, we both thought it was funny for me to be topless.
What do you love about the Surf Witches?
I think it’s good ideas for female surfer to be in contact with one other to share ideas, experiences and surf locations also to surf even for females.
What advice would you share with other women starting out?
Whilst surfing is very enjoyable and healthy, the leaner must be prepared to put in lots effort, because this sport has conditions that change constantly also be prepared for injury and sometimes frustration.
Connect with Wano here @wano_liao
All photography by Luke at @thesaltylineup