Our Surf Champion Ambassador Program celebrates the incredible achievements of top female surfers, giving them a platform from which they can be celebrated for their achievements.
As part of this program our ambassadors will join one of our scheduled surfing tours to chat to our guests, passing on the wisdom they have gained from surfing. They will be discussing topics like how they have dealt with the inevitable challenges of managing fear, plateauing skills and challenging conditions. They’ll provide their inside tips on improving and yes, answer those compelling questions about competing and winning in an industry where women’s achievements have been marginalised for decades.
Meet Pauline in Byron Bay!
Meet Pauling on our Byron Ladies Surf Getaway.
Pauline will be a guest at the Ladies Surf Getaways in Byron Bay
scheduled for October 20-27 2019.
Places are limited so book now.
Women’s Amateur World Champion in 1988 at just 18, a title she won just 4 years after learning to surf on a broken board given to her by her brother, Pauline went on to win the Women’s Pro World Championship in 1993 and in 2018 was inducted into Australia’s Surfing Hall of Fame.
Pauline represents all the values we hold dear at Surf Getaways. Values like dedication and perseverance in the face of extraordinary obstacles. It’s not commonly known that she suffered from an extreme form of rheumatoid arthritis right through her competitive career and she went on to compete and win anyway. She has also endured times of tough financial circumstances and family ructions, but she just never lost her generous spirit nor her sense of self and still continues to live her life with a positive attitude, sense of fun and an ongoing love of surfing that inspires us all at Surf Getaways.
Pauline’s 1993 championship win is known in the surfing world as one of the all-time great underdog tales. She competed without sponsors that year and had to spend most of the $30,000 prize money she had earned that year on travelling and competing. She won 3 of the first 11 events and was only leading marginally going into the 12th and final contest held in Hawaii. Two weeks before the final event Pauline was crippled with a debilitating attack of arthritis that put her in a wheelchair for days. She even had to use a pool to paddle in as her warm up before surfing on competition day. But when the time came to compete she paddled out in wind blown, 8ft swell, just made it into the finals and won. 1993 Women’s World Championship was hers. A truly inspiring achievement.
Pauline is known for an attacking competitive style, unafraid to take bigger waves and always putting herself into the best positions on a wave. During her career she was a regular pro tour winner with the following results, the while dealing with ongoing crippling arthritis attacks: 1989- 3rd, 1990- 6th, 1991- 2nd, 1992- 6th. To date, she has been competing for over 25 years and won a total of 20 WCT events and 8 WQS events. She was WQS Champion and won the Fosters Pro Surfing Tour in 2002.
She retired from competing in the Women’s World ProTour in 2006 but currently competes in the World Masters series, the most recent of which was held in Portugal in 2018. She is without doubt one of the great women surfers of all time, possessing a fierce competitive spirit, an undeniable sense of humour, an irreverent approach to living (which we love) combined with a genuine heart of gold. Pauline has also appeared in roughly 15 surf films featuring female surfers, including:
Nobody was paying me.
The good part is, I get to look back now and say ‘wow’ I did it alone. No help."