Katrina Beddoe tells us about life balancing boards and babies and what she’s planning for her surf comeback after Boardmasters 2016.
How did you get into surfing?
My father Keith Beddoe was an awesome competitive surfer both longboard and shortboard. He rocks! He still charges and now he has begun to coach me and help me achieve my surfing dreams in longboarding. He used to take me out on his 10 foot board when I was a tiny kid and we'd tandem surf at our local beach Watergate. Girls weren't often seen in the water back then so I had to constantly try and prove myself in order to get waves. It was a great time, I then lived in the Mentawais for a year managing a surf camp and my surfing skills improved so much. Since then I soul surfed my way around the world anmd back home in Cornwall until at the ripe old age of 30 and being a mum to two under fives I started competing and in my first year of longboard competitions I placed 3rd in England and 5th in Europe! Happy happy me.
What sort of training is required for surfing?
Honestly I find it hard to fit in an intensive and appropriate training regime around my working and raising my 2 young kids alone. But what I do is try and surf as much as possible and then just keep active and strong with my kids. Beach runs, swimming, skating and playing are my most usual activities.
What’s your best competitive result to date? (the best could be yet to come!)
Well I won my first ever comp which was a local longboard comp at Watergate Beach in 2006. Then recently I placed 2nd in the Jesus longboard classic and 5th at Boardmasters European QS 2015.
What is your favourite surf?
My favorite place to surf is Jeffreys Bay South Africa, but seriously I enjoy surfing anywhere as long as it's fun and the crowd are cool. I love nothing more than hooting and hollering other people into waves who are enjoying the surf as much as I am.
What’s your next challenge?
Well right now I sit here recovering from a back injury sustained at this year's Boardmasters comp. I won my heat then did my back in! Ouch, so once I'm back on track I will be entering the final comps of the year next month and then next year I hope to work hard and do better in competitions.
What drew you to Sundried?
I had heard through the grapevine about Sundried and looked into the products and fell in love with the ethos and history of the company. We are all responsible in making the right choices as consumers as to how our products are made and sourced. I want to be part of a better world.
Read about our ethos via this link.