It's the time of year when a whole new class of surfers is about to graduate to the ASP World Tour. On the men's side, Julian Wilson will catch most of the spotlight's glare in the coming months, while on the women's side, 19-year-old Laura Enever from North Narrabeen, Australia, will join the top 16 women surfers in the world next year. Young, talented and enthusiastic, Enever chatted with us in Hawaii just after she found out she was moving up to the big leagues.
This has been a huge year for you, winning a World Pro Junior title and making the World Tour. Was this all in the master plan?
Winning the ASP World Pro Junior title in January was the most amazing way for me to start off 2010. It was a huge confidence boost to start the year, but I didn't really have a master plan. My plan was to just go with the flow, compete in more Pro Junior events -- plus WQS events -- and just surf great waves and have a good time. I didn't put any pressure on myself to qualify, and I think that's why I did. I enjoyed the journey, surfed every contest heat by heat and had a really good time along the way.
What are your goals for the tour for this upcoming year?
Next year, being my rookie year on the World Tour, is definitely going to be exciting. I still don't know what to expect, but no matter what, it's going to be a big year of learning and experiences, physically and mentally. I think my main goals are to just keep getting stronger and smarter in the water and in heats, and really keep improving and pushing my surfing. I want to make my first year on the women's tour an unforgettable one; rookie of the year would be amazing.
What else have you been up to?
Right now I'm in Hawaii. All my contests are done for the year, so I'm just surfing and having a really good time with friends and family, enjoying the down time.
How did you celebrate making the World Tour?
I still am! (laughs) I didn't want to celebrate until it became "official." It was announced in Hawaii after the last event, so I have been celebrating with the whole surfing world over here. But when I get home to all my other friends and family, it's on. Everyone is really happy for me and wants to celebrate.
You have the reputation for charging bigger waves. ... How did this come about and what are your goals in the bigger stuff?
Well, I think I have a better reputation for getting smashed -- wiping out -- but ever since I was young, I've been in love with that feeling and adrenaline rush you get from pushing your limits, heights, big waves or whatever it is. I still love that feeling more than ever, and I really want to keep pushing myself surfing the biggest and best waves around the world. I'm up for a challenge.