Witch Wednesday – Meet Jaki

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How do we BEGIN to describe Jaki?! … Charger. Fun. Crazy intelligent. Hilarious. An AMAZING mum…are just a few qualities that come to mind.

Surfing with Jaki is always FUN. She will pump you up and encourage you to push yourself.  Guaranteed big laughs and positive energy always with this gorgeous woman!

Where are you from originally?

Gold Coast, Palm Beach

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

I tried surfing for the first time in the early 90’s and not may girls surfed. I had no friends that were interested in surfing, and I would have to bus to the local break. Needless to say, it did not stick the first time around.

Fast forward 23 or so years and here I am at the ripe old age of 38, having a crack. I love the ocean and I have always dreamed of being able to surf and after having my son and giving so much of my self away to be a mother I decided 2 years ago that it was time for me to have something that was just for me, to focus on and to strive for and here I am, 2 years into a lifetime journey.

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

This is a tough question…. It all depends on the day. I am determined to get out there and I’ve copped more than a few floggings, but I just love it. So, on some days I feel unstoppable and I am charging out the back. On other days I am on the wrong side of the wave scraping my face along the sand after getting pumped. My interpretation of what I consider “big” waves has certainly undergone some revision in the last 6 months. So, I think I would classify myself as a wave chaser….I will take it when I can get it.

What board are you rocking?

I started out on some beautiful Dead Kooks single fin mid lengths. I felt that I enjoyed this style of surfing but I longed for (and still do) the drive and pace that comes from a shortboard. I’ve never really surfed longboards and I love how beautiful longboarders look however its not for me. I want drive, I want speed, I want to (at some point in the not-too-distant future) bust my fins out of the top of the wave and send spray flying to the heavens. SO for me I am between a Hammo 6.0 32L thruster for small wave days, and a Hammo 5’11’’ 30L thruster for all the rest.

What beaches do you normally surf and why?

I surf different spots depending on my mood, swell and wind. Do I feel like charging today? Yes, go to a beachie. Do I feel like super long wave with 20000 of my closest friends? Yes, go to a point break. Am I going to get my ass handed to me by that shorie? Yes, find a friend to kick you ass and haul it out the back.

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

I am currently a high school teacher.

I’ve had a proper crack at motocross, skateboarding and snowboarding. I like them but they don’t light my fire.

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

The best part for me is seeing how far I have come. I started surfing for me. Something for myself. I have met some amazing souls along the way and for sure they have impacted my life in positive ways. But if I am being completely honest it is the personal growth that I have experienced, becoming more resilient, feeling more confident, feeling fitter, getting more waves, shorter boards, less volume.

Any surfing goals you want to smash this year?

I want to surf more, care less about what other people say and think, and bust some fins out; its all about the spray!!!

What do you love about the Surf Witches?

I really appreciate the sisterhood. Other girls that charge give me so much energy, as well as support. Paddling out in big swell and hearing a voice yell “Jaki you got this”, or just a random hoot when you’re going along empowers me. My surfing is so affected by my level of confidence; knowing that I am going to have someone out there, even if I have never met them just makes me fell like I can do it.

What advice would you share with other women starting out?

Invest in some proper surf swimmers that your lady bazookas do not fly out of. Get some eco friendly after surf soap that you can wash at the beach with and use a leave in conditioner.

Oh and just get out there the ocean is calling!

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