Witch Wednesday – Meet Liza

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Meet one of our Brazilian goddesses Liza! Liza has overcome so much with some pretty serious injuries (surgery on a broken knee and then later TWO broken wrists at the same time🤕 ) and despite being told she would not be able to surf again, this gorgeous, inspirational women would not let that stop her, she smashed her rehab and is back in the water! Liza is also an Oceanographer & passionate about protecting our coastline & marine life 💙

Where are you from originally?

I’m originally from Brazil

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

I started surfing in 2006 in my hometown riding a shortboard. But after a skateboard accident and my doctors telling me that I wouldn’t be able to surf anymore, I spent many years discouraged and out of the water. In 2017, I decided to follow my heart and started surfing again. Since then, I’ve been riding a longboard and I’m absolutely passionate each day more. 

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

Chasing Green Waves

What board are you rocking?

I am riding a 9’2 Retro Log by Sanctum Surfboards but dreaming about a 9’5 log by Thomas Surfboards. 

What beaches do you normally surf and why? 

Currumbin Alley, Kirra, Greenmount. I love the point breaks as the waves are more gentle and suitable for longboarding. But I’ve been giving some of the beach breaks a go like Currumbin Beach and Burleigh Beach in smaller conditions. 

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

I’m an Oceanographer, I’m doing a PhD about coastal erosion and flood issues associated with extreme weather events and projected sea level rises. But as I don’t have a scholarship (just yet) I’m also working as admin officer in a holiday resort.

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

I think anytime that I’m in the water it’s my best surf. Each sunrise that I see from the Ocean is such a majestic moment and gives me strength to go through the day especially in these tough times that the world has been going through at the moment.

Any surfing goals you want to smash this year?

Soooo many; I’d love to improve my cross step on the board.

What do you love about the Surf Witches?

This group came to my life in a time that I was once again insecure and discouraged about surfing because in 2019 I had a second accident (this time snowboarding haha) and I broke both of my wrists. I had surgery and spent 3 months on cast in my both arms. After that I thought that it would be the time to really forget surfing as I already had the knee injury. But this beautiful women community became a family and slowly I got back in the water.

Surf Witches is a powerful group of amazing women who help and encourage each other and these girls made a huge positive impact in my life giving me more confidence to be in the water. 

What advice would you share with other women starting out?

Everyday when we go out for a surf is a complete different day. You will never have a similar surf from one day to another. Some days will be frustrating some days will be amazing. Don’t be discouraged when you have a frustrating surf – be consistent and don’t give up. Watch some other experienced surfers in the line-up to learn from them.

Study surf etiquette to respect your fellow surfers and protect yourself from getting hurt in the water.

And the most important advice is Have Fun! 

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