First off, congratulations on winning the Billabong
Girls Pro Itacaré a few weeks ago. When did the
reality of your victory sink in...when the horn sounded,
during your victory ride up the beach, during the awards
presentation? Since most surfers in the world will never
know what's it's like to win a WCT event, take us through
a few of the highlights on the day of the finals.
Samantha Cornish: Guess it really didn't sink in until
later that night when I finally took a second to reflect
back on everything that happened throughout the whole
week. A few of the girls carried me up the beach on
their shoulders and that was a very emotional moment
for me. I remember having tears in my eyes as I was
Following your 3rd place finish in last week's Rip Curl
Girls Festival Spain comp, you're now sitting number
one on the ASP World Tour ratings. You've had a wild
year, from getting the ASP injury wildcard to your current
spot as the tour frontrunner. How does it feel to be
in your position with only three events remaining? Of
those remaining comps, which one are you looking forward
to the most and why?
SC: Last year I almost dropped off of tour and the ASP
granted me the wild card for '07. They believed in my
talent and thought that I deserved a spot on the women's
world tour. Last year on tour I had a really bad season
and almost lost my spot so you know that saying 'sometimes
you don't realize what you have until it's almost gone'?
Well that was my realization so I decided to go back
to the drawing board and work really hard on my fitness
and equipment as well as having a sports therapist.
I wanted to come back stronger than ever and mostly
prove to myself that I can be one of the best out there.
All the hard work I have put in up until now has shown
and now I know what it takes to win. The season is far
from finished as it's all very close right now in the
ratings race but I will be taking the same approach
I have done all year and just be staying focused for
the upcoming events! Looking forward to Manly as it's
in my home country but I also have had great results
in Hawaii so I can't wait for that too!
One can't help but notice that your boards look so clean
and uncluttered with nothing but the simple "A"
logo from your board sponsor, Aloha Surfboards. Are
you making a statement with that or are you simply between
SC: I am currently looking for a major clothing sponsor.
Aloha, my board shaper has been fantastic! He has given
me so much support throughout the year and most of all
putting magic boards under my feet which have helped
me get to where I'm at now.
Despite a huge women's surf apparel industry thriving
in the marketplace, there seems to be only a handful
of female surfers in the world who are able to make
a good living off their sport. Yet, young girls all
over the globe are striving to get to the professional
level, fully expecting that it will result in a stable
if not lucrative career. Do you think within the next
10 years, female pro surfers will receive the same pay
and opportunities as their male counterparts? Why or
SC: There are so many theories and opinions out there
and mine is just to remember how much you love surfing
and why you do it, it makes you happy and it's fun!
All the rest will follow and if you can make a career
out of it well that's fantastic.
Changing directions here, when you have those few month
breaks from the tour each year, what do you do on a
typical day at home?
SC: During my break I stick to my surfing and training
program. I think having the slightest advantage over
the rest of your contenders whether it be physical or
mental is an advantage. At this level everyone is so
good with their surfing ability that you have to be
strong in every other area, not just surfing to win!
Last question, if a genie granted you three wishes,
what would they be?
SC: Wow, this is the hardest question yet, ha! First
wish, a deserted island with perfect lefts and rights
breaking down each side that I would take my mates to!
Next, an endless box of Tim
Tams to share with everyone! Final wish, a cute
little beach house somewhere that steps off right onto
( Special thanks to Samantha for giving us a few minutes
of her time in the midst of an intense WCT title race.
Very much appreciated! --Chris Grant )
Cornish Photo Gallery
Cornish, WCT at Malibu - 2005
ASP World Tour Photos of Sam
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