Surf girl Laura Plug (24) lives in a beautiful coastal town just a short bike ride away from the beach in the Netherlands (lucky gal). She has been surfing since she was 14 and today I’ll talk to Laura about how she started surfing and more surf related stuff!
Hey Laura, when was the first time you got into surfing?
When I was fourteen, I first came into contact with wave surfing. I don’t quite know where exactly my obsession came from, but what I remember is that in the winter of 2009, the onyl thing I could think of was: I. want. to learn. wave surfing. And please let it be spring soon.
[…] I. want to. learn. wave surfing[…]
I watched videos on YouTube to learn the pop-up trick, convinced my parents to book a campsite on the Atlantic coast in Les Landes (France) for the summer and persuaded a friend to come with me for a surf lesson.
At the time I had a little bit of surfingexpreience (about two years) and I often went surfing with friends (I didn’t know any other female surfers at the time) until I got stuck … I was scared to go and a couple of years I didn’t get into the water anymore.]
In 2016 I met my boyfriend, who also surfs. And he helped me get over my fear by just going back into the water. Nervous that I was! The first time I caught a wave, I was immediately back, I catched the surf virus again!
The year after we bought my now owned surfboard (een Torq 7,2) and I’m not planning to stop soon ?.
How often are you in the water?
Since I live a few minutes from the beach, it is easy to check the surf. Unfortunately, I can not surf as often as I would like because I work full time.
But the BIG advantage of full-time work is that you can also make beautiful trips! So this year I went to Sri Lanka with a friend to surf for 2.5 weeks and last summer I went to the Brunotti Beach Camp in France for the third time already.
I am also a member of a surf club and there are enough girls who also surf. You’re never alone in the water and there is always someone who’s in for a sunset session.