Siena Hanna has only surfed for 4 years and is already well on her way to achieving her goal of surfing in the women’s World Championship Tour.
Before the end of the year, this 14 year old pocket rocket from the Sunshine Coast will be flying down to Sydney for the Volcom surf event before making her way over to Western Australia for the Junior National Titles. And she is super excited!
‘I haven’t flown to a surf competition before. The Volcom is a big sponsored event and in the Junior Nationals I will be surfing for the Queensland Team, so both should be an amazing experience!’
Siena secured herself a place at these events by working hard and achieving great results throughout the year, including her win at the QLD State Titles event.
So how dedicated and motivated do you have to be to achieve the goal of becoming a professional surfer on the WCT?
When the surf’s good, Siena will be surfing every day before and after school as well as attending sessions with coach, Ian Portingale. When the surf isn’t good? Her ruthless program consists of running, swimming, lifting weights, chin-ups, sit-ups and squats. Phew, it’s making us tired just thinking about it!
We asked Siena how she will train specifically for the WA event since the conditions there are typically quite different from her favourite breaks; Old Woman Island in Mudjimba and Padang Padang in Bali…
‘I will need to adapt to the conditions in WA, I’ll do this by getting out and surfing over there as much as I can prior to the event. I’ve also been trying to surf bigger waves and have been practicing my breath hold.’
We believe that this inspiring level of dedication is the reason why she is winning events of this calibre after only surfing for 4 years. If she keeps up this pace, she will achieve her goal of surfing on the WCT in no time…..
Siena has been blown away by the support she has received and wishes to thank Jay Pashley for helping out with sponsors and donations, Mudjimba Boardriders Club (particularly Dan Mann: President), and her parents for motivating her to stay on track to reach her goals.