Age: 20
Lives: Christchurch
Sponsors: Mountain Dew, ROXY, Spaceships, Mickey T (Bear) Longboards
Career Highlights: 2009: National Longboard and National Shortboard Champion, National Longboard Circuit title holder. South Island Champ. 2008: Open NZ ISA World Surfing Games Team – 25th, Open Women Longboard Title and circuit title, Canterbury Womens Longboard Title, Canterbury Womens Shortboard Title. She has also won 2 Junior National Titles and represented NZ at the International U16 Gromsearch final at Bells Beach

Morocan Madness May 23, 2010 by Daisy Thomas (Surfer)

Hey People, Hope the season at home is going off! I have been holding off writing a blog as I have not yet uploaded any photos and as you can imagine Morocco does not have the fastest Internet time but I will give you a wee update now.

So I have started work with two weeks of Roxy Surf Weeks which has been crazy but really enjoyable, I am currently sitting very relaxed after a traditional Hammam and massage which consists of wearing paper underwear, getting scrubbed from head to toe and bathed. It is an incredible feeling and your skin comes out feeling the softest it has been since you were a wee tot. After two weeks of solid days in the sun, sand and ocean it was high time for a good relaxation.

It is interesting being a western woman in a Muslim country, at first I felt very vulnerable and out of my depth but as the days go by my surroundings are more familiar. There are not many women you see around the streets and when they are out and about they are covered from head to toe in their traditional jalabas and as you can imagine a western woman sticks out like a sore thumb but it has been nice covering up trying to fit into the culture.

The surf has not been amazing but its warm and I have been meeting some unreal people. Stay tuned for pics and more updates. Chur

Made it! May 6, 2010 by Daisy Thomas (Surfer)

Heya, It seems like a long time ago now because so much has gone on but yes we made it safe and sound to London, managing to dodge the Volcanic Ash that shut down the whole of Europe!

3 surfboards, 2 boardbags, 5 bags, 4 people and a Ukulele..tight!

On arrival we were greeted by mum and dad who were over seeing my gramps whose 90th birthday was celebrated along with my twin cuzzies 21st and Uncles birthday all on the same day, epic.

Its amazing travelling as far as we do from NZ and getting to our destination to know somebody, anywho we set off to Wales ahh the homeland. My Father grew up in Wales hence the family history and strong connection to the place. Wales is a wonderful place with lush green acres and tiny little country roads which wind through the coastline into the counrty side. I saw alot of family history which was interesting.

Epic wee bar with live music, my cousins friend was singing this night (Jessica Cornish, you should check her out her voice is amazing) this is the bar that Dizzie Rascal was discovered. Radical

Over the summer I stayed with some wonderful people in Gisborne who really reminded me how important knowing your Whakapapa is, it was such perfect timing because I was to be setting off to the land where my fathers side of the family made their mark, it gave me extra amp to really find out from my grandfather what went on in those days and he gave some darn inspiring stories on people, war and family. The stuff I don’t think you really appreciate until you get a little older.

After a good week checking out the history in the welsh folk museum, catching up with friends and enjoying family time we set off to the big smoke, London.

Huge buildings dwarfed us at Canary Wharfe, where all the financial stockmarket stuff goes down

London was great fun, not having to be anywhere at a certain time, being able to purely walk and not fall into the rat race of the London streets was fantastic. Tom and I set off on a mission to find an art shop, which we did and along the way we saw buskers, ate blueberries by the punnet and ate pizza.
So much went on in the last few days if I write it all down you’ll fall asleep so how about I just leave you with these photos.

p.s we surfed a wonderful place called Llangennith in Wales but I got no pics because it was so foggy we couldn’t even see the waters edge!

:)

Ocean in Wales but blocked off by any type of swell

Flat ocean, this place does get waves though.

Volcanic Erruption! April 21, 2010 by Daisy Thomas (Surfer)

Spaceships campervan hire nz I headed back down south to prepare for the next big adventure.

Living out of a bag can have it’s moments and my thoughts go out to the people who are currently stuck in airports all over Europe and who cannot return home to loved ones etc.

We are scheduled to fly out tomorrow afternoon but by the looks of things it is not looking likely so we are going to have to do a complete reshuffle. From Dubai we may have to do an overland mission to London…so definitely preparing for that!

You will be seeing some fantastic images over the next few months so stay tuned!

Thank you again to all the supporters over the summer seasons and I hope you all have an awesome winter, wherever your missions take you!

Enjoy

Feelers, fireworks and friends March 30, 2010 by Daisy Thomas (Surfer)

Spaceships campervan hire NZ and picked up my Spaceship, got lost (as per usual) on my way out to Port Waikato and finally ended up at the final destination.

Us ladies about to head out for our semi final, picture by Dave?

Morning came and it was a struggle to get out of my cosy bed and brave the howling onshore wind and mellow rain drops outside, but I did and it was straight down to the contest site where solid wild west coast waves were rolling through. Port Waikato was the final destination for the Pro Longboard Tour so there was a fantastic turn out from southerners to Australians. The chica dees all charged when it came down to the finals and the boys were shredding the big west coast walls. Next stop Gisborne for the National Shortboard Championships!

I will leave you with these pics to illustrate the weekend. Yee ow

Adventures in the pipeline! March 21, 2010 by Daisy Thomas (Surfer)

Hey Crew, a nice revamp and relax back in the lovely South has got me amping for the next adventure! Three more contests to hit and then it is off to Morocco for a six month stint. These next few weeks are going to be an intense build up to the Womens Champs which is offering a wild card entry into the very first WCT event to hit the shores of Aotearoa! So one lucky lady winner will be battling it out with the top female World Championship Tour Surfers from all over the world, exciting stuff I say.

The final event of the Longboard Pro Tour will be up and running next weekend and with double prize money and Circuit champion trophies up for grabs the competition is going to be firing! After that it will be the mission down to Gissie for the National Shortboard Champs and last but certainly not least, Taranaki!!! That’s the competitive down low for ya. On the weekend of the Womens Champs my Gramps is turning the massive 9 0! So I am heading over to Wales for some family time, an opportunity then arose from there and I will be heading over to Morocco to work for 6 months. I’m really looking forward to emersing myself into the culture there, meeting a whole new bunch of people and surfing endless right hand point breaks.

I’ll keep you posted with pics and stories,

Daisy :)

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The journey to the Nationals… March 8, 2010 by Daisy Thomas (Surfer)

I sat overlooking Raglans majestic point breaks practicing on my Ukulele reflecting on an awesome week so far and things were about to get better although I was unaware of this at the time, I was simply taking in the beauty of our land.

The time came and I went to pick my sister from another mister up and set off on our mission to Whangamata for the Longboard National Surfing Championships in a weeks time. We decided we would stop off in Ohope to pick up a surfboard from her Whanau who have a beautiful home and Motel a stones throw from the ocean. We stayed in a beautiful unit which overlooked Ohope beach and if any of you are looking for accommodation around the Whakatane area I would definitely recommend Sea View Motel, you are guaranteed a sea view and to have yourself a friendly, comfy, relaxing stay. Four days later we thought we had best be on our way after soaking up the sun, surfing super fun Ohope waves, hula hooping and searching for Moko the bodyboard thieving resident dolphin.

Raglan Rip Curl Pro February 28, 2010 by Daisy Thomas (Surfer)

The weekend kicked off on Friday for most of New Zealands top competitive surfers. The weather forecast was near perfect and the waves on the rise. I flew on into the big city of Auckland and picked up my ride…a Hybrid Spaceship to be precise. The ins and outs of the spaceship were explained to me, like how the petrol goes further and is friendly on mother earth because the car is also powered by a battery hence the name Hybrid.

Unfortunately when we got into Rags the surf had not yet picked up but we hit the point anyway in hope for a freak set or two to come through, but we were definitely a little too optimistic. Lucky for us there were waves the next day, still pretty darn small but I had cancelled my subscription to expectations and went out. There ended up being some super fun wee waves and the swell was picking up fast.

Competition time and there were little waves lingering when the women hit the water. We were up nice and early in the morning and the wind was nice and light with the sun shining, being the first heat in the water I was able to sneak a few pearlers in. That heat went well and I moved through to the finals. They decided to hold all of the womens heats up until the final on Saturday, the morning was fun but as the day progressed the wave quality diminished. My semi final was an absolute nightmare with half a foot (knee high) onshore waves breaking onto dry rocks at Manu Bay, definately the most challenging conditions I have had to surf but the age old saying “we are all in the same boat” springs to mind and if you lucked onto a set wave and surfed it well you were safe and sound.

Cups of tea on the jetty in the sunshine with good friends,walking up into the amazing Bridal Veil Falls and lots of surfing is what went down also.

A big huge thank you to the Poulter family for having me over the week, your awesome!!

Off to Whanga in a few days for the Longboarding Nationals, good times.

I hope everyone on the east coast are safe and sound after the Tsunami and thoughts are going out to those in Chile. xx

A good start to a sunny season February 16, 2010 by Daisy Thomas (Surfer)

Kia Ora Guys, Hope your all loving the winter olympics, the chicks in the mogel ski division were throwing some huge airs and going so dam fast last night…epic!

My first block of contests and fun times around NZ has come to a close…well almost, there’s still a 5 hour drive to Dunnas to go.

Sandy Bay was the last contest on the agenda and I came out with the gold. We had such a good time hanging out under the Pohutukawa Trees, hula hooping in the sunshine and heading out for two or three surfs a day.

Tom and I headed to the far north straight from Whangamata and got some solid waves but unfortunately the winds were onshore most of the week throughout the weekend.

Sunny from Raglan Longboards doing the dew.

After a macking drive south from Sandy bay (far north) to Kuatunu (Coro), Raglan ($40 fine), Wellington and almost finally Christchurch, Dunedin is the next stop on the Longboarding Circuit so fingers crossed we get some friendly waves :-)

The coolest Family on the beach I reckon!

I would like to say a huge thank you to the wonderful people who I met along the way of my travels and who opened their homes. You are all amazing!

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