What does Body Glove’s Tatiana Weston-Webb think about the WCT so far?
What does Tatiana Weston-Webb think about the WCT so far?
(TOP – Tatiana at her first WCT event at Snapper Rocks, Photo by Matt Jones)
24th July 2015 – This year is Tatiana Weston-Webb’s rookie year on the coveted World Surf League ‘Dream Tour’. With a magic sponsor like BodyGlove behind her she’s making sure her rookie badge is pushing boundaries and making finals.
Not only does the Brazillian/Hawaiian goofy-footer have a lethal forehand with some of the most critical surfing on tour but her killer vertical backhand has threatened some of the top 5 on their forehands.
You can see the determination, balance and maturity she holds as she runs down to the water before each heat. Through her glamorous and sincere smile you can see that she wants to be the World Champ more than anything, and there’s no denying, with the results she’s already had, she’ll be in that race pretty quick.
Her results for 2015 so far have been; 3rd at Snapper, 9th at Bells, 3rd at Margaret River, 9th at Rio and 5th in Fiji as well as just last week winning the WQS6000 Super Girl Pro which places her in first place on the WQS leaderboard and 7th on the WCT leaderboard.
We spoke to Tatiana when she found out she had made the tour (SEE STORY) and wanted to find out how she’s going, what her mind set is leading into the second half of the year and what she’s aiming for…
The Mermaid Society: You burst onto the World Tour Scene this year with a pretty good result at Snapper and absolutely dominated your backhand which is sometimes difficult for goofy’s at Snapper. Did you expect to go so well on your first event and how did you find the experience?
Tatiana: I didn’t expect to do well, but heading up to the event I was really focused and determined to start my campaign off really well. I think that’s why I did so well. The experience was amazing and I proved to myself that I can make the semis in any event.
TMS: At the moment you’re sitting in 7th place above Steph Gilmore after her injury break. How does it feel to be making such a big impression on the tour rankings and shaking up some of the top girls?
Tatiana: It’s been amazing to be ranked top ten thought the first half of the year. It’s crazy because you never know what will happen. I think now the tour is so equal that anyone can win. That being said I still have to be on my game for the back half of the year and finish strong.
TMS: Being a goofy what has been your favourite wave so far and what has taught you the most about your surfing?
Tatiana: My favorite wave so far was snapper. The swell at the beginning of the event that didn’t hold thru the waiting period brought phenomenal surf to snapper. I was really stoked. Also Margaret River was super fun because we had swell the whole time we were there.
TMS: What is the best and most challenging part of being a rookie?
The best part about being a rookie is having the element of surprise to use against your competitors. It’s something that can come in handy because some of the girls struggle to come back in the heat if you get a good start. Everyone struggles here and there though, that’s just how competition works.
TMS: Your head space going into the 2nd half of the tour do you think it will be different to the first half?
Tatiana: No, I will be the same. Focused, determined, and will give it my best every heat.
TMS: At the start of the year you said you were going to try your best and achieve what results you could this year, has your goal changed since you’ve been getting such good results?
Tatiana: No, overall my goal is to make a final and that’s yet to happen. So I’m just sticking to my roots.
TMS: Fiji is always challenging with the narrow barrels and the shallow reef. It’s a great stop that pushes the girls surfing and shows the world they’re in the same field as the boys, what did you think of Fiji as a competition stop and are there any other breaks that are challenging that you’d like to see on tour?
Tatiana: I think that Fiji is a great stop on tour and it was a place that the girls needed. This stop really can make a difference to show how much girls like me love getting barrelled and love big waves. That way some people that like big waves will have an advantage during the competition. We have rippable waves like snapper and lowers which are amazing, but I think that they have to give a change to the girls that like bigger stuff.
TMS: You’ve got a lot less down time this year, what are your priorities in this time now?
Tatiana: My priorities are managing my time wisely, and surfing great waves that will make me better. I know my surfing is good but there is always room for much improvement.
TMS: Has your training changed at all?
Tatiana: No it hasn’t. But it will. I’m still learning the ropes on training and supplements.
TMS: What is your favourite BodyGlove suit to where competing?
Tatiana: My favorite suit is the long arm bikini cut 2mm that they’ve yet released! They will release it this fall 🙂