Sally, July’s etnies Girl of the Month, has not only been making waves lately in her native Australia—she’s been making history. The 14-year-old surf phenom and etnies Australia rider etched her name in Australian surfing history earlier this year by becoming the youngest ever surfer, male or female, to win an ASP rated Pro Junior event during the Billabong Girls Easter Surf Fest. “She has got it,” says Rebecca Woods, who edged out Sally for first place in the 1 star rated World Qualifying Series (WQS) at the same event. “She is world champion material, you can see it in her attitude and her surfing is amazing.” Sally lives near Sydney, where she is in her third year of high school. We spoke with her about what she does when she’s not surfing, what it’s like to compete and some of her favorite things. To check out photos and footage her surfing, visit Sally’s Web site.
etnies Girl: What are your interests?
Sally: I love playing all my sports, and I also play guitar and skateboard.
etnies Girl: What are your talents?
Sally: I like a range of sports and am currently succeeding in surfing, cross country running, athletics, touch football and soccer. This keeps me busy all year round and helps keep me fit.
etnies Girl: How did you get involved in surfing?
Sally: I was taught by my dad and brothers, who all surf. Most of the people in my town surf as well.
etnies Girl: What do you like about etnies Girl?
Sally: etnies is a popular brand and it is great to be associated with a company that is so high profile and has such a great range of products.
etnies Girl: Why are you an etnies Girl?
Sally: Because etnies Girl is so popular it is hard to be sponsored. So when I applied for sponsorship, I knew if I was accepted that it was a reflection of how I was performing as a surfer. I am very happy to be part of the Australian team.
etnies Girl: What do you do for fun?
Sally: I surf, play plenty of sports, play guitar and hang with some friends. I just bought a Jet Ski with my brother so it’s really fun taking it out and doing a bit of towing.
etnies Girl: Where do you find inspiration?
Sally: Family, friends, watching other people strive to do their best and from within.
etnies Girl: What’s your biggest accomplishment?
Sally: Finally winning the U16’s Gromfest at Lennox Head in New South Wales on my fourth attempt, winning the Pro Junior event at Maroochydore in Queensland during the Billabong Girls Easter Surf Fest and being the runner-up to Rebecca Woods in the WQS at the same event.
etnies Girl: You’ve killing it at the contests lately, Sally! What is it like to compete?
Sally: They have been exciting and I have been competing against plenty of older girls so I have been learning a lot quickly. It is really fun being out in the water with only four other girls in great surf conditions.
etnies Girl: What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever received?
Sally: Bec Woods once told me to keep doing what I am doing and to follow my dreams. A small bit of advice, but it reminds me of how lucky I am.
etnies Girl: What’s really important to you?
Sally: Being able to compete in all the sports I am interested in and live a healthy lifestyle while pushing myself to reach my goals.
Sally’s Favorite Things
Animal: “I don’t have any pets, but I like dolphins and turtles.”
Color: “Blue—it reminds me of the ocean.”
Hangout: The beach
City: Coolangatta, Australia
Song: “Voodoo Child” by Rogue Traders
Album: “I don’t have a favorite, really, I just like tracks.”
Band: Red Hot Chili Peppers and Missy Higgins
Book: “Harry Potter”
Movie: “Meet the Fockers”
TV show: “The Simpsons”
Sport: “All of them!”
Game: Donkey Kong on Game Boy
Food: Chicken schnitzel
Candy: Gummy Bears
Holiday: “Christmas because there are plenty of food and presents.”
Smell: “I love the smell of a cake baking.”
Guilty pleasure: “I don’t have any.”
Athlete: Mark "Occy" Occhilupo
Heroes: “My mum and dad.”
etnies Girl shoe: White/Navy/Blue Lo-Cut 3’s
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