Ellie Harrison is a pro surfer. Her favourite pastime takes her all across the world.
We sat down with Ellie for a Q&A about her life and travel
When and how did you get into the surfing? I got into surfing when I was about 4, with my three older brothers, Tom, Billy and Joey.
What do you love most about surfing? When you get out in the water, it’s quiet and relaxing. And I love surfing with my friends.
What’s your next major surfing goal? I want to get into the ISA World Surfing Games and go well in it if I don’t win it.
How much travel do you do each year for surfing? I travel quite a bit, mainly in Queensland and NSW because I have heaps of comps there and I’m also in the Talent ID program for the High Performance Centre.
Where’s your favourite place to go and why? That would be Snapper Rocks in Queensland because it’s really easy to get a wave there. I love how it is so long and you can sometimes take your wave from behind the rock to Greenmount. I also like Bells Beach in Victoria.
What’s the most interesting place you’ve visited and why? G-Land in Java because I loved the waves and all the nature around.
When you’re travelling, what are three things you never leave home without? My phone, my boards and my laptop (so I can still do schoolwork).
Where will your next surfing trip take you? Possibly on an all-girls trip to Sumatra – fingers crossed it happens! I’m really excited to go because the waves are so good there.
When you’re not competing or training, what do you do to relax? I hang with my friends or go shopping or play footy.
What’s been your favourite family holiday and why? When we went to Canggu in Bali, Lakey Peak in Sumbawa and G-Land in Java in one trip. It was so fun hanging with fam and surfing!
If you could travel anywhere in the world for a holiday, where would you go and why? The west coast of America because the waves are so sick and so is the American lifestyle.
Who’s your favourite travel companion and why? My brother Billy because he’s so much fun, and if there’s a tricky surf break he will take me out and help me.
Janeece Keller is the founder and editor of Family Travel. She mostly travels with her husband and two young kids. She has a large blended family that lives in Australia and Europe. She has visited 52 countries and lived on 3 continents. From camping to luxury resorts Janeece tries to make sure her family has diverse holiday experiences each year. She is an avid hiker and ocean swimmer who loves good food, margaritas and heading off the beaten path.