IVY THOMAS, Gold Coast, Australia
"Growing up on the Gold Coast and surfing Snapper Rocks every day, my thirteen year old mind was filled with the desire to be in the short-boarding scene. It wasn't until I was almost 16 years old, that I got my first longboard, and I never looked back. I finally realised that surfing is about riding whatever board you want to ride - the one that brings you the most joy, regardless of what other people think. Surfing for me is no longer just a hobby - its an obsession, my unconditional happiness, and a meditation of sorts. Now, at 17 and finishing high school, my entire life revolves around the ocean."