We chat to the lovely Bronte on surfing, being outdoors and green smoothies.
How old are you?
I'm 22 years old.
You grew up in Gracetown, one of Australia’s most famous surfing spots, what was that like? What do you love about it? How old were you when you started surfing?
Gracetown was such a cool place to grow up. It's a tiny town set on this hill overlooking this big beautiful bay. We had one small general store, a creek and the beach, and that was basically it. But that's what made it so unique. We were always outside running a muck around the bay or spending long days at the swimming beach with out good family friends down the road.
I started surfing when I was nine on a family camping trip in the north west of western Australia.
Do you remember who or what influenced you to start?
My older sisters had already started and being the younger competetive sister, I wanted to join in too. My dad loves surfing more then anyone, so we were always at the beach anyway, so I thought why not.
Describe the feeling you get as you are catching a wave
It's hard to explain because I guess you never really think about it when you're on the wave. But I guess if I had to desribe catching a wave in two words I would say thrilling and fun.
Who do you look up to in the surfing world, do you have any mentors, or surfers whose careers you would love to emulate?
I look up to my dad. He used to be a pro surfer and I love hearing his stories about when he used to compete and how different it was back then to now. I also love his approach on life. He's always happy and always seems to be doing the right thing.
Is it difficult being a female competing in a male dominated sport, or do you think that assumption is changing?
I honestly don't think it's difficult at all. At some of the men/women combined Tour events I got into, I found that the guys were really nice and respectful. I think it has really changed in the last ten years and now it seems like there is a really positive mutual respect.
Who are your favourite female surfers and why?
My favourite female surfers are Carissa Moore and Steph Gilmore. I love Steph's grace and style and think it really reflects her laid back and down to earth personality. I think the way Carissa surfs and I think she's the best female surfer out there.
How do you stay fit and healthy?
I surf daily, try to eat a well balanced diet and enjoy yoga and running.
What’s your favourite quick breakfast on the go?
My favourite breakfast to go is a Green smoothie.
What’s your secret to a well balanced life?
To do different things you love on a daily bases, cherish your family and friends and having self compassion and perspective.
What advice would you give to younger kids out there who dream of becoming a professional surfer?
I would say just enjoy surfing and try to do it as much as possible. It's also nice to have someone who you trust there for you for support and guildance.
We know you love surfing, what are the other loves in your life?
I love cooking and am a huge movie fanatic.
What’s been the biggest highlight in your career so far?
Winning my first qualifying series event this year in Mexico.
What about the biggest highlight in the last 12 months?
Making my first heat on the tour at the Roxy pro on the gold coast and getting experience in the 6 tour events this year. Also being fortune enough to experience new places like Fiji and Rio.
What’s next for Bronte Macaulay?
I am just in Sydney now competing in the last event for the season. After the event I will find out if I'm lucky enough to qualify for the womens tour in 2017. In the future I would love to win a tour event and make the top ten. But more importantly, I want to keep enjoying surfing and competing and cherish the awesome people I've got in my life.