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To inspire the next generation of surfers, we had a chat with PV sponsored female surfer Molly Picklum 🤩 Born and raised in Australia, Molly started surfing at a very young age! She hopes to become one of the best surfers in the world, winning medals while earning respect and inspiring people throughout her career 🥇
Get to know Molly better here:
PV: How old are you? At what age did you start to surf?
Molly: I’m 19 years old and I started surfing at the age of 3.
PV: What made you decide to start surfing professionally?
Molly: At age 14, I was invited to a Layne Beachley surf camp at the Surfing Australia High Performance Center. After that week of surfing, I was named the rising star, chosen by Layne, and that made me start to see the career path surfing could have for me.
PV: What is your work regime?
Molly: My work regime varies a lot due to the crazy amounts of traveling, but if I’m at home, I’ll surf between 1-4 hours a day, and then go to the gym for an hour every other day. On the road, I surf and compete, and sometimes train in the gym depending on how my body is feeling.
PV: Who is your favorite sports hero?
Molly: My favorite sports hero is Ash Barty. She is obviously an amazing athlete, and the way she is so unapologetically herself is SO cool.
PV: What is your favorite food to eat the night before a big competition?
Molly: My favorite meal before a big competition wouldn’t be anything specific because I’m not a fussy eater (I just love food!), so as long as my stomach is full the night before, I’m happy and ready for the next day.
PV: What is/was your favorite place to compete?
Molly: I’d say Snapper Rocks or Pipeline. Snapper Rocks is just such a fun wave and it tends to be a crowded lineup when you’re free surfing, so to get it by yourself is incredible. The same goes for Pipeline – the crowds are so hectic, so to be out there with one other woman and have the whole lineup is truly special.
PV: What one word describes you?
Molly: One word that describes me is ALIVE!
PV: What mental tool do you use under pressure?
Molly: I use breathing or positive self-talk.
PV: What do you do to relax in your downtime?
Molly: I’ve recently started golf, so I’m enjoying that as an outlet. Other than that, I like to watch movies, listen to music, and cook.
PV: Tell us about your greatest achievement.
Molly: It’s a tough one but I’d say my second place at Snapper Rocks this year is up there. I was really proud of that result!