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Surfing 101 with Ellie-Jean Coffey

Surf Master Class with Ellie-Jean Coffrey
Surf Master Class with Ellie-Jean Coffrey

Therefore, I thought it was about time to get a proper lesson and fully embrace the Aussie lifestyle after moving here from England – and who better to learn from than professional surfer Ellie-Jean Coffey!

I was invited by SurfStitch to experience my first surf lesson with a masterclass by Ellie-Jean at Manly Surf School in Sydney.

Tanned, blonde and her Billabong one-piece looking effortlessly chic, Ellie-Jean reinforces every Brit’s stereotype of the quintessential fit Aussie surfer!

Lost in the thrill of it all @billabong_womens_australia @surfstitch @simmo_surfboards

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The surf lesson was great fun and I can see why it’s such a popular sport Down Under.

I nervously took to the waves with my board and wetsuit and tried to remember everything they had just run through with us.

Ellie-Jean was extremely helpful and full of supportive words, even when on my first wave I stood bolt-upright, too eager to stand and I toppled over like a plank.

It was only on my last attempt that I maintained some sort of dignified pose and stayed standing for more than five seconds.

However, afterwards I didn’t feel like a beach goddess as I tried to run my fingers through my salt-ridden hair, plus I was exhausted and I wanted to eat the world.

I was baffled as to how Ellie-Jean does this every day and still looks flawless and in great shape.

So I asked her what are the secrets behind looking so gorgeous around such a hectic surfing lifestyle.

What are your go-to beauty products you couldn’t live without when on the road surfing?

I use Ella Bachè for my days surfing in the sun. [They have a great skincare and sun protection range]

I wear quite a lot of make-up so mac is always my go-to for foundation, bronzer, and lipstick.

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How many hours do you surf a day?

Normally, around two hours in the morning and then again in the afternoon.

What’s your favourite go-to outfit after a long day surfing? And what do you like to wear out to events, or nights out? 

If I’m chilling at home a summer dress is always nice, I love wearing white as it shows off my tan and nothing too heavy because the Gold Coast is so hot! [Ellie-Jean is sponsored by Billabong so she always has a wonderful selection of clothes through their range].

If I’m going out to an event or party, I won’t lie, I’m as dramatic as they come so I will go heels, with jeans, and a cute top. I won’t shy away from fur (faux) coats, sequin dresses. Anything that screams “centre of attention” haha.

What’s your favourite thing to eat when you aren’t on a strict training diet?

Smoothies are incredible. A jam-packed fruit smoothie is so easy and simple, makes you feel full and it’s nutritious. Sushi is pretty amazing too.

Do you have a health/life motto that you live by? 

I’m basically ‘all or nothing’. So if I’m training I will eat just fruit and vegetables. And if I’m not, then it’s chocolate and junk food. It’s probably not a good thing but I suppose in the long run it does balance itself out. People always say “everything in moderation” and that is true. Me as a person though I’m quite extreme and I find it hard to do so.

When you’re not surfing are there any other activities/hobbies you to like to do to keep fit? 

I love to jog and listen to music. I think about all the things I want to achieve and create scenarios in my head of situations I would like to be in. Quite strange really but I am being brutally honest. I also love playing tennis. It’s so fun and I am as competitive as they come.

Written by Bianca Spendlove

Bianca is a British actress who has always had an interest beauty, fashion and lifestyle, being surrounded by makeup artists most days inspired her to take note of the top tips and trends used in the industry. She loves to write in her own time and to document her travels.

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