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Meet Veronica (Nica)! This Aussie/Balinese babe is originally from Melbourne and has been a Kirra local for just over a year. Nica is super friendly & is literally a one woman cheer squad – if you hear crazy loud whooping in the line up when you catch a wave – its probably her. Added bonus for her future surf buddies, she will usually bring homemade baked goods to share post surf.
What got you into surfing and what do you love most about it?
I’ve always been drawn to the water, surf culture and lifestyle from a young age, especially in Bali. I was surrounded by it when I worked in a few surf stores growing up, but only got into surfing when I could drive as the closest surf beaches in Melbourne were Torquay or Phillip Island (and bloody cold!). I just love the ocean, I feel at home and at peace when I’m near it or in it. It’s water therapy. To play in the ocean, ride a wave, harness the energy and glide across it is the best feeling in the world. Makes me so happy.
What do you do for work? Any cool hobbies or interests outside of surfing you want to share with us?
I work for Supercars as an Executive Assistant for the Chief Operating Officer, and as the safety car communicator so I travel a lot for work. As well as surfing I also love snowboarding, skating, art, photography, sewing, yoga, cooking & baking. I’m also slightly obsessed with vintage motorcycles.
Describe your perfect surf day?
A sunrise surf at Kirra with good friends, 2-4ft offshore, incoming tide, clean & fun.
Coffee and baked treats with friends afterwards. It’s heaven.
Board of choice?
I love my 9ft longboard, I take it out even in bigger days. But also have a 7ft mini mal which has been on a lot of overseas surf trips and have so many great memories!
Funniest surfing experience or story?
Every time I go out I feel like I do something funny. Getting leashed or blown off my board in a strong wind. Or running out because the waves look so fun, and forgetting to put my leash on! I recently went over the falls of a 5ft wave where I paddled to get over it and missed it by a sec and got sucked backwards and thrown around. As crazy as it sounds I like these unpredictable moments. The power of the ocean teaching you a lesson if you’re thinking your cool. It keeps you humble!
What do you love about the Surf Witches?
It’s like having your own cheer squad when you go out. We have quite the reputation for being loud and happy in a line up, which I think diffuses any tension or stress people may be feeling about catching waves. It’s supposed to be fun, and it always feels that way with the surf witches. We keep it light hearted and we look out for each-other. If you kook it, have a laugh. You learn more from your wipe outs then the waves you catch!
It’s such a supportive community of surfing females (and male friends of the witches) and I’m so thankful I found them. I’ve met so many great people who are now my good friends and surf family.
What advice would you share with other women starting out?
Just keep at it! Don’t have big expectations at the start. Surfing is hard (as well as fun), it takes patience, courage, passion and determination. And time in water helps immensely. Watch others, be respectful and don’t be afraid to wipe out or kook it! It’s all part of learning and progressing. Don’t forget to have fun, that’s what it’s all about.