Who are you?
I’m Lauren but usually Loz or Lozzie!
Please tell us a little bit about you…
I’m a mother of three, a surfer, an ocean lover and a Veterinary nurse among other things.
Where do you call home?
My home town is Thirroul on the Coal Coast of New South Wales
What led you to surfing?
My childhood was spent in the sea! A lifetime of surf lifesaving as a kid, patrolling, competing and just hanging out in the ocean. Family holidays were always at the beach. My connection was always to the ocean.
So when one of my daughters asked to learn to surf, I quickly encouraged both of them to do so and so when they went off to their surf lessons I would grab a board and teach myself how to surf. I figured it would be awesome to be able to nurture a love for the sea and spend time with my daughters through surfing.
Loz wears the Salt Gypsy Core Crop in size S and Blossom high waisted bottoms from Lemon Spicy in size S
Why do you surf?
So many reasons!
One of the biggest reasons is it’s my meditation my escape from my own head and the world. Once my board hits the water everything is different, it’s like nothing can reach me out there.
I surf for fitness. I hate the gym or structured exercise so surfing is my workout.
And of course the friends it brings and the good vibes! There’s nothing better than being out in the line up with some friends and a good crowd.
How does it enrich your life?
Surfing has brought about a lovely connection between my daughters and I. I love to take them out for a wave and to have us later chat about the good wave that we caught, or laugh at ourselves for kooking it up out there!
My life in the water has also given me lasting friendships with like minded souls. It doesn’t matter if I’m out there with a bunch of girls, my daughters or just with the old mates at my local it always brings me such epic joy! Funnily enough I’m quite an introvert but surfing pushes that aside.
Surfing also allows me to push my own limits and test myself.
I love yoga and should really make an effort to do more of it. I used to be super devoted but as life gets busy often the choice is surfing or yoga and I’ll choose getting a wave every time.
I also love cooking whether it’s a fancy dinner, baking something or making the girls a new healthy concoction.
My dog!! Being a vet nurse I obviously have a strong love of animals and anyone who knows me understands my French bulldog Whimsy rates pretty high on my list of favourites!
What makes your heart sing?
A perfect wave! When it’s about 4-5ft at my local point break and you take off there’s that feeling that you’re almost flying. That feeling has me smiling like a total goon for hours!
Where is your favourite place you've travelled?
Fiji! I love the weather there, the people are lovely and the water is amazing.
Where do you see women’s surfing in ten years?
Women’s surfing is growing bigger and bigger all the time. The number of girls and women who are surfing now is amazing compared to just a few years ago.
So in ten years, women’s surfing will be bigger and better than ever and hopefully being recognised on par with men’s surfing.
Where do you see yourself in ten years?
I hope in ten years I’m still waking up early to grab a surf before the crowds hit. Still dragging my girls along with me. Living life to the fullest and being happy and healthy.
What future do you see re sustainability and environmental issues?
Issues that affect our environment and the world we live in are becoming increasingly dire. My hope is that protecting our environment will not be a choice in the future rather just the norm.
We all need to be conscious of the impact we have on the planet personally and starting small by purchasing sustainable items, refusing single use plastic and recycling can go a long in protecting the world we live in.