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SERENA BROOKE SETS NEW STANDARDS FOR
PROFESSIONAL WOMENS SURFING
Taking womens surfing performance standards to new heights, Australian Serena Brooke is at the forefront of a new generation. Whether shes doing a cutback or floating a section, Brookes strong and dynamic approach to riding waves has helped her reach the worlds number two ranking on the elite womens pro tour as well as spurred a lucrative sponsorship from Rusty hardgoods and apparel.
Brooke, now 22, began surfing in the amateur ranks in 1990 at the age of 16 and soon conquered both the Queensland and the Australian national amateur titles. Then in 1995 Brooke graduated from high school and made her professional competitive debut. She climbed from number 13 in the world in 1995 to 10th in 1996, then finished 9th in 1997 with stand-out performances which included a semifinal placing at the Tokushima Pro and a seventh in the Quiksilver Roxy Pro at Sunset Beach, Hawaii. At Sunset, Brooke rode some of the biggest waves in the contest and established herself as an up and coming big wave rider.
With a win at this years opening Billabong Pro in Australia (and a temporary #1 ranking), Brookes confidence in her world title contention is growing. "My goal last year was to make the top five and I ended up second. I wanted to win a contest and I won in Japan. But I feel like Im always learning a lot and the girls Im competing against are really experienced, so Im just trying to develop a more mature contest strategyI want to win," said Brooke.
"I see womens surfing growing like mad," says Brooke. "I just want to keep winning and set a good example because I think the girls are starting younger and getting a lot more support than in years past. There are girls out there learning and they need role models."
|From Nambour, Australia,
Brooke is one in a family of six girls. A natural foot surfer, she learned to surf from an
older sister at the age of 14. "It was tough being a girl and trying to start
out," says Brooke. "As a beginner youre terrible anyway, but as a girl you
get really taunted. But I learned there was a whole group of girls at my school who were
surfing, so I started doing amateur contests with them."
In her spare time Brooke enjoys hiking, mountain biking skateboarding and snowboarding. She also trains to enhance her strength and endurance. "I get told Im a powerful surfer and part of that is training, but I think its also my attitude. I dont get phased too much. I just say okay, this is whats happening and whatever it is, its going to be alright."
Brooke spends most of the year abroad on a surfing tour that takes her to exotic locations like France, Japan, Portugal and South Africaa task made much easier with the support of sponsor Rusty hardgoods and apparel. With the Rusty philosophy that function should dictate fashion, Brooke also gives critical input in the development of cutting edge performance surfboard designs and juniors clothing.
As far as her future goes, she says shes trying not to project too far. "I think Ill probably work in the industry, but my more immediate goal is definitely to win the world title. I feel like Id like to show people that you can get out there and have fun, really push the limits and win."
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