Catching up with Ava McGowan, the wahine to keep your eyes on.
Back in 2009 we met a daring little girl with baby blues as big as her dreams. This little girl soon grew up to make a name for herself in the surf industry. Today, this young girl is our team rider, Ava McGowan.
Ava’s hard work and dedication to surfing has earned her top spots in ESA and NSSA contests. This year she’s going after an East Coast title. During these last couple of days of waves, she came down to surf South Beach and caught up with us.
Name: Ava McGowan
Sponsors: Roxy, FCS, Island Water Sports, Gorkin Surfboards, Yew Stuff, & Tava Sunscreen
with Ava McGowan
What is your earliest memory of surfing?
Getting pounded with my friend Zoe
How did you get started with contest surfing?
My brother Grant did contests and I thought that if he could do it, I could do it too!
What are some goals you have for the incoming year?
To claim an East Coast Title
Dream surf trip destination?
If you could surf with anyone who would it be and why?
Stephanie Gilmore, because she has such great style, surfs really good, and looks like a really funny, happy person!
Have any training tips to improve surfing?
Run heats with others in the water that surf better than you!
Song: Star Boy
Food: Chinese Dumplings with Eel sauce
Drink: Water, I don’t drink soda
Animal: Cats, I have 4
Trick: Blow tail
Pro: Carissa Moore
Wave: Ponce Inlet Rights and Lowers all day long
Board: 4’10 Gas Pedal Redux by Gorkin Surfboards
Fins: FCS II Gabriel Medina for All round performance and I also like my Kolohe Andino’s for quick release…
Wax: Fu Wax
Check out some of Ava’s top picks:
FCS II GM Fins
FU Wax – Warm
Island Water Sports Beach Towel