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Dee Ripoll

 

How long have you been surfing?

Since my last year at university so 8 years now!

 

Surf Hero?

Carissa Moore – she has pushed women’s surfing to whole new levels. Her performance at the most recent pipe invitational was insane!

 

Favourite Surf Spot?

I’ve had the best waves of my life at Thurso East so that will always be a favourite. Warm water – so hard. I have a couple of faves in the Maldives and Fiji but Les Culs Nuls in Hossegor when the banks are right ☺

 

How would you describe your style of surfing?

Hmm Dee style?! Haha!

 

Best career moment?

I could say becoming Scottish ladies champion in 2011 or pulling in to the biggest waves of my life at Thurso East after splitting my head open. It was solid! Truth is that it was getting back into the water after my accidents – that was a massive achievement for me overcoming my fears and it is something I continue to work on every day!

 

Do you do any cross training with other sports or how do you look after your all-round fitness?

Fitness is so important to me. When the waves aren’t there I have a pretty strict gym regime including interval training and weights. I mix that up with swim training. Again alternating between mile swims for endurance and then sprints. Since my accidents I am so conscious about keeping as fit and healthy as I can be. I continue my active isolated stretching every morning too and it just means when I’m in the water I feel confident that my body is strong.

 

Best Ever Surf Trip?

Sri Lanka and the Maldives this year. It was just epic. I just couldn’t have envisaged being out there in those waves after the past couple of years and I felt so lucky! All of the hard work and dedication in coming back after what happened just culminated in that trip last year. Especially since I think the Maldives are gradually sinking so I’m so stoked I got to visit there and appreciate the special waves along with the turtles!

Whats your top five tracks on your IPod?

Right now – weighty ghost – winter sleep, embers and envelopes – Mae, take your time – Lydia, in currents – the early November and staring sown at the sun – further seems forever

 

Favourite Movie?

This is a tough one as I have loads! I know it’s cheesy but The Notebook! Don’t judge me.

 

Favourite Surf Movie?

Drive Thru New Zealand. Those drive thrus are the best!

 

Worst ever drop in?

La graviere in Hossegor July 31st 2013. I am one lucky lady and I’m so grateful to still be able to be doing what I love after what happened.

 

Best ever wave so far…?

Thurso East! Although some of the waves I caught last year in Sri Lanka and the Maldives felt amazing – waves I didn’t think I would ever have the confidence to drop into again.

 

What boards are you riding?

I go between my 3 – hart attack 5’5 for the small days – such a great performance fish for when the waves lack guts. Then I have my 5’10 bumble Bart that I use as my step up board. I’m riding that one in the Thurso East shots and I used this one a lot in the Maldives and Sri Lanka on the bigger days. Then my regular go to short board – my 5’5 Stoke a pop. Again a great all round board.

 

Advice to anyone buying a board?

Ask the shaper as many questions as possible. All the guys at Quiver are so helpful so use their expertise. Don’t try to go to small. Go for something that is going to suit your surfing and the waves you’ll be surfing most.