- Prue Jeffries
Age - 33
Hometown - Sydney,
Sponsors - Xair
Stance - Goofy
Cole: anywhere between 5'8" to 6'10";
Merrick: anywhere between 5'6" to 6'10";
Takayama: Bertlemann twinnies, single fins
& fishes; Rich
Pavel via Rainbow Surfboards: classic fish,
quads & five fin bonzers; Steve
Clark via Rainbow Surfboards: 5'6" egg
Prue Jeffries Story &
Interview conducted by Kyla Langen in Carlsbad,
was a privilege to interview our May JettyGirl.
A veteran of the WCT tour and a lifetime supporter
of women's surfing, Prudence Ann Jeffries has
been a key player on the scene for nearly two
decades. Born and raised in Sydney, Australia,
Prue fled the coop at age seventeen to begin her
life as a traveling surfer. A wealth of knowledge
and experience, her opinions are informed, esteemed
and eloquently put. Though retired from competition,
Prue remains active in the surfing community and
focused on giving back to the sport and world
at large. Her ideas helped me to envision a utopian
society where everyone contributes, the masses
rally for the changes they want, and the government
funds women surf festivals. Read on to see why…
Kyla Langen: Thanks for
coming Prue, I'm honored to be here interviewing
you. How did you come to be so reputable in the
industry of surfing?
Prue Jeffries: Oh I don't
know, I just think I worked pretty hard at my
career at the time. I realized the only way to
do well with anything is to put your head down
and do the best you can, and to give back—try
to build things and make it a better place around
you. So I think that's helped with my name being
out there a little more.
KL: What's been your current
state of mind regarding women's surfing and the
PJ: Hmm, I get kinda polarized
on it, it just depends what time of day you catch
me, but trying to be well rounded about it. It
still needs a lot of work. But I'm excited about
how the girls are surfing and it's great to see
how everyone is constantly building on the generation
before them and improving performance levels and
it's great to see a lot of young girls having
opportunities. It's great that a lot of the events
are stand alone now, and we're getting a lot of
focus and attention, and surfing a variety of
waves at that.
KL: What are you up to now-a-days?
PJ: Haha, doing Prue things.
I don't know what they are; they're kinda like
a bunch of things all at once that I juggle. I
like helping people out, I helped out a bit with
the women's longboard championships. I think it's
important to grow all aspects of women's surfing,
so I spent some time helping out with that. It's
really cool cause now we've worked out something
with Roxy, and the women are going to have the
biggest prize money event they've ever had at
the championships in Europe, and there is going
to be a contest in Cardiff with Linda Benson,
so that's really pushed forward with Roxy's support,
and hopefully other people will get on the bandwagon.
I think it's a new perspective that women need
to keep our sport growing a bit further and keep
that image out there. We're still trying to do
our movies with Stardust
Productions, so that's coming along, slowly,
but we're getting there. And I've been working
with some friends on a couple little business/company
projects I'm just trying to get funding for and
get going too. So that's keeping me busy.
KL: Surfing related projects?
PJ: Uh, a little broader
than surfing, but it'll definitely still have
some roots in surfing, because that's part of
my life. But I want to use it as a vehicle if
I can to change the world at large and contribute.
So if I get it going it will be good.
KL: Sounds exciting. Do
you feel like maybe you're part pixie?
PJ: Pixie?! Well you know
what, the board I just got has a mandala on it
and fairies and oak trees. And actually one day
I was in Starbucks with two friends and the woman
behind the counter looks at all three of us and
goes, "All three of you are elves."
And I'm going "what?" And she was like,
"Look at your noses and ears and smiles and
everything, you're all elves." She had all
kind of glitter around her eyes and she obviously
wanted to be a pixie herself, so I was just like
"Alright, you get it." Hahaha.
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