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Sophie Leathers

Fresh back from the Mentawais and what a trip, the best waves, the boys were the best, chilled underground chargers form all corners of the earth.

From SA Grattan who's moustache scared people out of the line up,

Damien from Perth ( who didn't mind sitting deep),

Gustavo the crazy Brazilian who's style was so smooth he had time to do his hair and have a cappuccino in the deepest barrels,

Justin from Torquay,Victoria who must have clocked over 1500 waves,

the boys a machine and one to follow on the ABA tour, if only they did wave miles instead of air miles.

Kieren and Mark fellow POMES and the politest chaps I've ever met who tore the place apart with the best of them(even thou my missis has now seen Kierens balls),

Scotty "Mad Dog"

from Port Macquarie who's child minding and drinking skills on day one earned him the respect he deserved ( he also did not mind being naked)

Wazza from Forster who only joined us for 2 days but between him and his wife Eri only added to the boys adventure in the Mentawais.

Kiwi Rob who at 56 did not mind shouting Fark, Fark, Fark as he paddled into anything Indo had to offer but also went toe to toe with all the youngsters.

Andi the Photographer from Bali who completely sorted the crew out

, Dave who runs the boat "ASIA" who despite being offered 1000 dollars refused to be photographed on a lid ha...........

( and finally the legend that is Stevie Maher

who despite developing a rum baby on every trip delivers the goods year after year for both his multitude of sponsors, crew and guests,

Stevie hat off buddy your trips are what dreams are made of and I know everyone Is frothing for you to release next years dates x

Not to detract too far from this week thou, I would like to introduce you to female shredder and youth editor of Riptide magazine Sophie Leathers.......

"Hi my name is Sophie Leathers, I'm 19 and I am from a small town called Dorrigo, which is an hour inland from Coffs Harbour.

I recently moved from Wollongong to begin university.

I started bodyboarding at the end of 2013.

My brother had gotten into bodyboarding first and I was still learning to surf, at the time I was on a mini Mal. Due to living so far from the beach I chose surfing for sport, but I couldn't take a mini Mal on three buses to and from school so I bought a bodyboard and I've never looked back.

I watched a lot of bodyboarding movies to analyse how moves were done and Ryan Hardy always stood out to me.

He always makes moves look so effortless and smooth, he is an incredible coach and is constantly pushing me to get better and better.

I didn't have a local break as I lived an hour inland from the beach, but I loved Sandmines, Southies and Gallows.

Whenever it's crowded here in Wollongong I always wish I was back at Sandmines!

To pick my favourite break in Oz is a hard one!I've been surfing down south since moving to Wollongong and here is so much to offer, it's hard to choose a favourite.

I've also been over to WA for a surf trip where I scored some great waves too, Australia has endless opportunities for a favourite break!

In the world I honestly don't think I could choose, there are just so many waves out there it's hard to pick just one! It's quite possible that I haven't even heard of my favourite break to be.

My first board was a purple and black Chris White Funkshen.