Maunganui surfer Tiana-Breeze de Mooij is on the fast track to becoming New Zealand surf royalty at the tender age of 15. With talent, determination and a good sense of humour Tiana-Breeze is on her way to not only dominating the waves but the pro surf circuit.
We know you surf competitively, so tell us about your recent results.
I have made the semi-finals in all my u17s heats in the 2015 summer series, so far. I made the finals of both the u17s and u20s divisions at the Backdoor Grombash in Raglan in mid-April. I then went on to win the u17s finals of the Backdoor Grombash, gaining valuable points and dropping my ranking a few places, which is great.
What’s something surprising that most people wouldn't know about you?
I did a Tandem Bungy Jump with my Dad when I was six at AJ Hackett’s site in Bali – scary at first but an amazing adrenalin rush.
What is your favourite TV shows?
The Batchelor New Zealand and my favourite channel is newly launched GARAGE TV on SKY channel 112. It has 24/7 action and adventure sports, including surfing, so I can watch my surfing inspirations carve it up, like John John Florence, Sally fitz and Tatiana Western-Webb.
As a little kid, what did you want to be when you grew up and why?
I don't know why but when I was little I wanted to be a fire engine – Go figure!
What is the most recent song or album you added to your iPod / playlist?
'Bills' by LunchMoney Lewis because it’s super catchy.
What's the most important lesson your parents taught you?
Be confident, be true to yourself and treat others how you would want to be treated.
When and why did you fall in love with surfing?
Dad tried to get me into surfing as young as I can remember. But it wasn't until I was 10 and won a regional competition surfing on a minimal and doing switchfoots that I really caught the surfing bug after experiencing that winning feeling.
Describe your best family holiday?
Last year I went back to Bali as a surfer with my family and experienced surfing perfect waves over coral reef. It was incredible and the Indonesian culture is unreal.
Who is your biggest surfing supporter and what does their support mean to you?
My Dad for sure, because without his enthusiasm and support in all areas I wouldn't be able to surf competitively.
What are your plans for the future?
Win more surfing competitions and make the New Zealand Surf Team for the International Surfing Association (ISA) World Surfing Games 2016. Do well at school and strive to be the best professional woman’s surfer in the world in the next five years.
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