Pro surfer & all around cool girl, Serena Brooke!
Serena began to compete in amateur competitions in 1990 where she was crowned the Queensland amateur surfing title as well as the Australian National Title. Following her graduation from high school in 1995 she entered the pro ranks and finished her rookie season with a #13 overall ranking on the woman's tour. She was named the 1995 Women's Rookie of the Year. Among her notable accomplishments was winning the Billabong Pro Australia title and achieving a temporary #1 overall ranking in 2001. She would finish with #2 ranking twice on the World Championship Tour (WCT). Serena Brooke is one of the most marketable athletes in woman's surfing having garnered numerous sponserships including etnies, Angel Eyewear and Bud Light. She also has starred in numerous surfing videos and occasionally holds surfing camps for children looking to learn how to surf.
Frank: When did you first start surfing, and how long was it before you knew that this is what you wanted to do for a living?
Serena: I started surfing at 14 years old I knew by the time I was 16 that I wanted to do it for a living.
We know that you’re from Coolangatta, Australia. Do you still live there full time?
Yes I live there full time when I am in the country.
Do you compete in most of the events in the ASP Women’s World Championship tour?
Yes I compete in pretty much all of them…
What’s your favorite contest/country to travel too?
I like traveling to France the waves are fun and the contests are based where the waves are good they move it to another bank if the waves are bad.
I know that you’ve been surfing for quite a few years now…how has your competition changed, and also is it tougher out there on the tour now or about the same from when you first started competing?
Yes the competition has changed the whole tour has changed but that’s life and its always changing.
I’ve been surfing for years, and never really saw a lot of girls out, but after that movie Blue Crush, I started seeing more and more girls in the lineup. Did you notice that as well?
Blue crush definitely made a big impact on women’s surfing, it hit the mainstream and made it ok for girls to want to go to the beach and surf I noticed a big push for sure.
How often do you surf, and do you consider it practice when you’re out surfing? Or are you surfing just because you love it?
I am out there for both because its practice and because I love it, it’s the best job.
When you surf do you surf mostly with your girl friends or guy friends?
I surf with both I usually go with my girl friends and then see my guy friends out there either or prob both.
Do you participate in any other sports?
Just for fun, I like snowboarding, skating, biking all that stuff but its for fun not seriously.
Tell us about the 'Serena Brooke Charity Surf Day’.
I know that has to be a huge time comment for a busy girl like yourself. We think it’s great that you’re turning young girls onto surfing, and helping out charities at the same time. Who came to you with the idea for the 'Serena Brooke Charity Surf Day’ or was it something you thought of on your own?
It was myself and my former agent Dan Jackson we worked with Rusty originally to start it up, then it just ended up progressing, I have not been able to fit it in the last couple of years but I want to get it started up again soon.
Where do you see yourself in five years?
Doing something I love, I kind of don’t look into the future too much I just live here now, but for sure I will be happy and content whatever I am doing.
And what do you think the future holds for women’s surfing?
I think the future hold a lot the level is amazing in the young girls and its inspirational to watch, its in good hands for sure.
One last question. What kind of skateboard do you ride?
Cool Girl's...Femme Fatale.
We like hearing that! ;-)
Thank you, Serena for taking the timeout of your busy schedule to talk to us, and for doing what you do to promote surfing to girls all over the world. Wish we had more role models like you at there.
Serena Brooke's background info and photos provided by:
serenabrooke.com ~ myspace.com/serenabrooke ~ wikipedia.org