"On arrival the morning of my heat I was greeted with small brown waves and onshore winds — far from perfect conditions for a comp" said Mia.
"Surfing in such poor conditions made it hard for everyone! I was lucky to make it into the quarterfinals which was my favourite day of the comp; they had moved the comp to the sunshine beach and we were surfing over head sets, a challenging shore break and big rips, these conditions made me feel very at home and I was able to get two great scores 5.83 and a 6.83 these scores got me straight through to the final!"
On the outcome of the competition, she said "I don’t mind at all that I got last place in the final. I tried to surf well but just enjoyed the tiny waves and being able to surf a final at first point with only 5 other girls in the water."
Running since 1992, the festival kicked off with a fundraising event by SurfAid where inspiring special guests Layne Beachley, Brooke Farris and Pacha Light came together to talk about “Women in Surfing.” A conversation that reflected on the evolution of women's surfing and their vision for the future - an important part of our mission. We're proud to support a competition who awards equal prize money for all competitors and has a focus on sustainability, offsetting the carbon miles of all competitors.
Images via Beatriz Ryder and Will Hunt