Witch Wednesday – Meet Marcie

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Hey Surf Babes!! IT’S WITCH WEDNESDAY!!!and we are excited to be given the opportunity to interview Marcie Diamond! This surf babe has been crushing it in the surf for the past 5 years, and all the other extreme sports out there for the years before⚡️! It seems like there isn’t a high adrenaline, high performance sport she hasn’t tried out🤩!

Read to learn more about this Switch!!

What’s your ticky box:
<17 years old

I’m 55 years and one month. So tough, I have to tick that third last box…

Where are you from originally?

Born and bred Brisbane. My family have lived in around SE Queensland for 4 generations and my father worked in the school holidays in the ’40 and 50’s with the Winders boys as a life saver at Burleigh. I lived in London for 13 years and Sydney for 5 years, but I’m 100% Queenslander.

How long have you been surfing and how did you get started?

Surfing was on my bucket list of sports to try, but I didn’t get past other sporting interests till after 50. Taking out injury time, I’ve been surfing for just over two years. Looking back with a  holistic perspective, of all the sports I’ve tried, surfing is number one. I wish I’d started at 40 or 20 or even 10. To all the lovely young women out there, if surfing is ticking your box, please just go for  it.

What level surfer are you – whitewash warrior or chasing green waves?

Def chasing green waves and still occasionally enjoying the whitewash. Waist to head high green waves are my fav. I love it when I get back in and the guys say; “that wave you were on was bigger than that tree”. The thing with big waves is that they come with a lot of paddling work, and also the scary underwater tumbling, struggling to get a breath. I’ve progressed quickly, but I come with a track record of being obsessive and lacking in fear. 

What board are you rocking?

Currently on a CW towards high performance longboard. It’s a big question which direction to go for; long or short board. Then if you choose long; would you prefer more log or more high performance? I chugged out quite a bit of time on a 8’6” high work, high performance board, which now makes my current board seem easy. I highly recommend seeking good advice on board length and shape. I wish I had done this earlier.

What beaches do you normally surf?

I like to think I’m an Alley local. The crowd at the Alley are warm and friendly; they really make my surf session. I love our weekday morning carpark surf meetings, the Friday music groups and the Lacys long paddle out crew. For me, no other break brings the warmth of the Alley crew and there’s no doubt that Currumbin Alley is one of the best of the GC point breaks.

What do you do for work? Any cool hobbies or interests outside of surfing you want to share with us?

I have a life-long passion for adrenaline related sports and a massive curiosity for learning, particularly in the areas of science and maths. My other huge interest is meeting and talking to people; everyone has fascinating life stories. Above all that, my husband and children are number one.

I am a qualified snow ski instructor and worked on the Thredbo Volunteer Ski Patrol for 5 years. Skiing was my world for many years, bringing so much excitement and exhilaration. Though, as a child through to my 20’s I loved horse-riding, particularly eventing and show-jumping, then came wind-surfing, sport motor cycle road riding, mountain bike riding, indoor rock climbing and a brief try at solo parachute jumping.

For work I taught high school Physics, science and maths and I worked in the trade and education as a gemologist and diamond educator. I love all things science and maths, and I really get a thrill from understanding the world around me.

I had a very serious skiing accident 25 years ago and then I had bacterial meningitis twice. Without disclosing too much, this was all very serious. These things are life changing, and I was confronted with the choice of wallowing or embracing. I can’t take away what happened, but it certainly altered my outlook on life.

What has been your best surf or ocean experience so far?

Every surf session is great! To nail down just one, I’d say a small swell day with a light NE wind at the Alley (of course). There was just a handful of other surfers in the lineup with 4 of my mates and me. We were partying, waving, “yeowing” each other on tiny wind swept swell and carrying on like we were shredding head high tubes. Recently I’ve been loving surf sessions with a special group of mermaids. For me, the great company and laughs makes the surf session.

Any surfing goals you want to smash this year?

Other than my major ski accident, I’ve been injury free throughout my entire time with all my sports…. until I hit 50. Just starting this week, I’m out of the water for an extended period of time, for the third time since I started learning to surf. So the surfing goal to smash, is to overcome this latest shoulder problem.

I never thought I’d get old, no one told me this happens. All of a sudden age creeps up and our body just can’t keep up with our mind.

What do you love about the Surf Witches?

A huge thank you to Mon, Miranda and Hannah for setting up and managing such a great group. There’s no doubt that you’ve changed surfing for women on the GC through this initiative. The thing I love about this group is the comradery this group has fostered and the opportunity to share info via the FB group.

What advice would you share with other women starting out?

Listen to the experienced surfers. The old girls and guys that have been surfing on the GC, some of them for over 50 years, have the most beautiful warm hearts and are a wealth of information.

A bit of you-tubing and lessons are also super helpful for technique.

Follow your obsession, embrace the whole surf experience, persist, laugh and appreciate!

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