Teen impresses in and out of the waves
For Sally Bodle Southland's icy waters are like a second home.
The 18-year-old Southlander was awarded the Southland Board Riders club's President Trophy for Most Outstanding at the Southland Board Riders 2017 Prizegiving and AGM at the Riverton RSA during the weekend.
Surfers, who had competed in Southland, were awarded best in their age group category based on a point system that had been collected throughout the season with three special trophies for Most Outstanding, Most Improved Male and Most Improved Female.
Winning the President Trophy for most outstanding came as a shock, Bodle said.
It was the first time she had won a trophy in the club.
She had been involved with the club since it was first brought back to life about five years ago.
It had played a big part in her life with her father, Mike Bodle, serving as club president for the past four years.
"We have always been water babies.
"I learnt to surf when I was five."
During the summer her family practically lived in the surf, she said.
She had won the Under 18 Southland Summer Series title three years in a row, and placed second in the Under 18 2017 Colac Bay Classic and first in the Women's Open Stand Up Paddle Board at the 2017 Colac Bay Classics.
This year was special for her because it would be the last time she would be able to compete in the Southland surfing season for a while, she said.
This was her final year of high school and at the beginning of next year she planned to leave the nest, moving to Auckland to study science and nutrition at university.
Although she knew she would still hit the surf when she could while studying in Auckland, she hadn't decided if she would continue competing.
Mike Bodle said the committee awarded Sally the Southland Board Riders club's President Trophy for Most Outstanding, not just because of her ability to catch waves but because commitment to the club.
Last year she won a motorised skateboard in one of her competitions.
Instead of keeping it she donated it back to the club for one of the younger members to win next time, he said.
"She always thinks of ways to give back to the community."
Surfer and primary school student Katie Oliver was awarded Most Improved Female and her cousin Taine Smith, also at primary school, was awarded Most Improved Male.