Positivity - Waves Of Inspiration From Georgie
Beautiful Georgie is a determined young surfer who always gives 100%. Her positive vibe and love for life is infectious, and she´s one of 11 best female surfers listed in "Women´s Health". I thought it was about time I had a chat with charismatic Georgie Timson, and I was happy to catch a moment with her between her surfing in Portugal, Barbados and Indonesia.
FIRSTLY, GEORGIE, PLEASE TELL US A LITTLE BIT ABOUT YOURSELF.
I grew up with surfing in my family so I was always inspired to try, I had other hobbies so I didn’t surf competitively or out of fun until later on, but I knew the basics. When I was 12 I started to take a bigger interest and wonder what it would like to be a surfer- to surf all the time, at the age of 14 I started to compete competitively, I only did a few for the first year and did them on and off for a while. I enjoyed free surfing a lot more; however as I grew up I began to want to do them, this has set my career. I spend the summers in France-Hossegor (I travel to Spain also as its close), it’s my favourite place and the waves are so perfect as they carry a lot of speed and power. When I’m not in France, I stay in England; when I’m there I’m always away travelling to explore and to seek warmth! The waves do get really fun depending on where you go, but there’s no place like home.
DESCRIBE YOURSELF IN THREE WORDS.
Hmm… I would say motivated, ambitious and easy-going.
WHAT IS IT THAT YOU LOVE SO MUCH ABOUT SURFING?
I love that I feel like I can forget everything that’s going on around me and just focus on surfing, for me as I used do a few other sports; surfing is the one sport I got really addicted to, the fact that it is so complicated but exhilarating makes you always want you to better yourself and improve. There is no feeling like finishing a good wave; and being on that wave! I also love the vibe out in the water, sometimes it can be different but it’s never a problem.
WHERE´S YOUR LOCAL BEACH AND WHAT´S IT LIKE THERE?
My local beach is Fistral, but I surf other places that are close by called Towan, Great western, Tolcarne and a place named Crantock. Fistral Beach is round Towan Head; it is definitely one of the best beach breaks in the country, north-west facing with fast hollow waves, particularly at low tide. Even in on-shore conditions the wave still holds shape and power. With a south-easterly wind there are good sections.
WHAT´S IN YOUR QUIVER?
I have an older board called the shovel a 5’7, one of my favourite boards is a Rob vangauh, a 5’8 and another board (an al merrick) 5’8 too. I’m not pulling off any ariel manoeuvres so luckily I can maintain all of these boards haha…
IF YOU HAD TO SET A GOAL FOR THE FUTURE, WHAT WOULD IT BE?
My goal is probably to compete well on the QS and get as high up as I can. But a dream would be to get on the WSL tour.
WHAT GIVES YOU THE BIGGEST SMILE?
I would say seeing other people learning to surf, seeing how happy they get, it just reminds me how lucky I am to be able to do what I’m doing. It is a lot of fun but its hard work too.
WHAT ADVICE WOULD YOU GIVE TO THE YOUNGER GENERATION OF FEMALE INSPIRED SURFERS?
Positivity - I really want every surfer to have very strong self-belief in their ability, no matter what the conditions are like, to just enjoy and keep at it, it’s a long but fun and adventurous road to success. A surfer in a good mood will be in a better state of mind and perform better than someone harbouring negative thoughts, you can’t always control what happens in the water so control what you can.
Thank you so much for your time, Georgie!
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