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Frother of the Month… Ed Womersley

By Christie Bennett on October 10, 2013 in People

Photo: Brad Malyon

Photo: Brad Malyon

There are plenty of Pommies in the Bondi line-up these days, but not many of them can surf as well as this month’s Frother, Ed Womersley…

Name: Ed Womersley
Age: 24
Goofy/Natural: Goofy
Board of Choice: Any thing that the boys at Dripping Wet can sell me off the secondhand rack. And I’ve been playing around with some Nick Blair boards recently.
Board Dimensions: 6’0” x 19” x 2 3/8” (the ‘magic stick’)
Local Break: Bondi

Where are you originally from?
I’m originally from the UK. I grew up spending most of my time in Cornwall. I came over here two years ago and haven’t left (sorry, you’re stuck with me now). I’m pretty off the idea of working in London or somewhere landlocked.

Why did you choose Bondi?
I love surfing before and after work. Bondi’s epic; what’s not to love about the bubble? It’s got it all here: great community, good bars and close proximity to the city. It’s like a little blue gem in a crazy town.

How long have you been surfing for?
I started when I was about seven. I always used to skateboard and having a place in Cornwall meant that I was often in the water messing around. It was a natural progression that I was going to surf. I’ve been hooked ever since my parents bought me my first board aged ten – ultimate grommet stoke!

You dance on a longboard beautifully, but I hear you prefer a shortboard; is that true?
It just depends on the conditions really. At times it can get flat for a while (like the last month) so surfing a longboard keeps froth levels under control. But you’re right; I always prefer to ride a little shred stick when I can.

What line of work are you in?
I’m working in digital advertising for an agency in North Sydney, mainly in the commercial side of things. I’m not much of a tech sort of guy. I also account manage FCS Fins and their websites in Australia and the US. That’s a pretty good gig!

I hear you’re the only Pommie in the Bondi Boardriders; how’s that working out for you?
Ha ha! Yeah, it’s a great thing to be a part of and they have been so welcoming to me. The judges have finally started to warm to me this season. They are now letting me past the first round. Without the commitment of Beau (Sevastos) and Tony (Spanos) it wouldn’t be half the club that it is. I can’t wait for the Single Fin Classic – nothing like dusting off the retro gear and trying to surf like MP.

Any last words?
Thanks to everyone who has welcomed me to this amazing place – see you in the line-up!