The Evolution of a Modern Big Wave Surfer, Felicity Palmateer Tells Her Story on Jamie Mitchell's Podcast

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Five years ago, a young woman from Perth, who was becoming disillusioned with the waves on the women’s world tour rode the biggest wave ever caught by a female Australian surfer at Cowaramup Bombora, aka Cow Bombie. That young woman was Felicity Palmateer, aka “Flick.” It was a wave that broke 7X world champion Layne Beachley’s previous record (a woman whose signed poster Flick would admire her whole life, pinned to her bedroom wall). From that wave through the present, she’s been chasing giant swells all over the world — even finishing runner up to Paige Alms last year in the Peahi Challenge (by a slim 1.48-point margin). Freshly home from a giant swell-run up the coast of her native Western Australia, Jamie checks in with this fearless woman-wonder.

Episode Breakdown:

0:00: Growing up in Western Australia, Going up to Gnarloo, Learning to surf from father, Beginning to compete, Doing WQS, Pro Juniors and WCT in one year

17:58: Getting into big waves, Margaret River Main Break, Yallingup, Near-shark attack

26:32: Actually making a career out of big wave surfing, Pivotal Cow Bombie session, Breaking Layne Beachley’s record

35:05: First session at Jaws, First Jaws challenge event, Mentorship from Andrea Moller

46:46: Sponsorless big wave surfing, Current (future) travel plans

50:10: Training routine, Art exhibitions, Putting things into perspective

57:33: Felicity’s 5-to-Finish Questions

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