Witch Wednesday – Meet Natasha

Meet Natasha! They say the best surfer is the one having the most fun and hands down, this is Tash every single time we have seen her out in the water! We love seeing people surf for the pure joy of it and when you are around Tash in the surf, the fun is contagious – you can usually hear the laughter before you spot her! If you come across Tash and her fluro green McTavish at Rainbow make sure you say hello! We loved having this chance to get to know her a bit better

Where are you from originally?

Born in Warwick Queensland. Never lived there though, we moved around Queensland a lot.

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

Since August 2019, when I was made redundant from a 25 year long career in banking. A girlfriend had joined Salty Girls Surf School at Kingscliff and said I should come along as I’ve always wanted to give it a go. After the first session I was hooked! Plus I met a gorgeous group of ladies and we’ve formed a very special friendship and surf nearly every weekend with each other.

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

Lol, in my head I’m a surfer just like Steph Gilmore hahaha, but in reality a white wash warrior. It really depends on the day and the size, but I have caught some greenies at Cabarita off the point which was so much fun.

What board are you rocking?

I love it! My green machine. 9’6” McTavish Fireball. Best board ever and you can see me coming.

What beaches do you normally surf and why?

Rainbow/Little mali cause it usually has the nicest waves and lots of room to surf without get in other surfers way and there’s plenty of party waves. Prior to covid we surfed a lot at Kingscliff which was always good fun. 

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

I’m a banker, have been for over 26 years and absolutely love my job. I’m now working at Bank of Queensland, it’s an owner managed branch and I’m one of 7 in the team. I love it cause it’s old school banking, and the customers have one number to call, no answer machines and good old customer service.

When I’m not surfing or planning the next surfing trip with the girls, It’s all about food for me. Whether it’s cooking food, reading recipe books, finding the next restaurant to go to or watching foodie shows, I’m mad about food and where our food comes from. I’d love my own little farm where I can breed pigs and have chickens and grow my own produce. 

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

Best surf would have to be one of the party waves at Rainbow and holding hands with my girls, whilst surfing the waves. Other time would have to be our girls Noosa trip, surfing tee tree bay was absolutely heavenly and my all time favourite place.

Any surfing goals you want to smash this year?

Lots, lol. Definitely want to start riding the face of the wave and it won’t be this year but in years to come, I want to hang ten. I’m in awe of some of the surf witches that can dance on their boards, I’d love to be able to do that.

What do you love about the surf witches?

The whole entire concept. The fact that there is always someone that wants to surf with you, the fact that we all look out for each other in the water and we’re all there to help improve one another, like Chloe’s surf fitness or Sally’s flowstate.

What advice would you share with other women starting out?

Don’t hesitate or procrastinate, just do it!

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