After a pretty frustrating move by Tina just one month before the National Finals, we were stoked to hear Loco racer Phil May had discovered another lady prepared to push herself on the surf side of our beloved sport. After a telephone conversation it certainly seemed like Laura would be a suitable candidate to join the Loco Asylum and with no involvement in ‘competitive surfing’ it sounded like Laura would have the necessary time to push the brand forward as well as improving her skills through organised team meets and our Loco Academy.
Laura is currently studying towards an MA but has just moved to one of the UK’s SUP surfing hot spots in the Gower so she’s certainly in the right place to get inspired by the likes of Abi and Matt Barker-Smith, experienced axe wielders like Jim Richardson and some other familiar names on the SUP surfing circuit.
With student funds being tight we sent her Tina’s old Comp Pro board to get her going on a proper performance surf stick which she seems to have taken to after just a couple of weeks! Needless to say we have high hopes for Laura and look forward to seeing her blog posts and action snaps over the coming months.
DOB – 29/08/94
Home Town – The Gower, Swansea
Discipline – Surf & SUP
Stance – Goofy
Favourite SUP Spots – Llangrannog (for flat water exploring) and Freshwater West (West Wales). I’m yet to explore South Wales’ SUP Spots!
Preferred Loco Boards – 7’9″
Achievements to Date – Stepping down onto a 7’9″ performance board and progressing my SUP surfing
Plans for the Future – Surf, surf, surf now that I’ve recently moved to the Gower! Improve turns and enter the BSUPA Nationals and any other comps in 2016
Three reasons to Ride Loco – Home grown boards, plenty of shapes and sizes for all users, and they also come in beautiful, bright colours
If you’re aspiring lady SUP surfer or have a grom we should know about now is very much the time to get in touch with our 2016 boards landing next month. The new boards continue to lead from the front; guaranteeing tighter turns and more down the line speed than ever before so if you have your eye on being a competition surfer there is really only one choice!