OUR COACHES – MEET THE TEAM AT PHILIPPA ANDERSON SURF SCHOOL
The dream of qualifying for the World Championship Tour (WCT) is still the number one goal in Philippa Anderson’s vision. With 10 years experience on the World Qualifying Series (WQS) and some huge results, Philippa wants to share her knowledge with the younger generation. The Anderson family immigrated to Australia and ended up in the beautiful town of Newcastle. Philippa experienced a little taste of the life of a Professional Surfer. Representing Australia at the ISA World Junior Games, 2nd in the World Junior Championships (twice), three break through performances on the WQS and two WCT appearances as a wild card winner/ injury replacement. A few years later Roxy and her parted ways. Despite not having a major sponsor Philippa never gave up on her dream. There were a few hard years of juggling part time work to earn money to keep that WQS dream alive. Semi final and final appearances in 6star WQS events lead to 5 consecutive years finishing in the Top 15 on the WQS rankings and Top 25 in the World rankings. Her determination, love for the sport, hard work in the gym and faith in her ability has driven her to never give up on her dream of making the WCT.
With Jacob’s parents settling into a coastal suburb just North of Coffs Harbour it was inevitable surfing and water sports would occupy his life from a young age. Fishing, surfing and spear fishing you name it, Jacob is the jack of all trades and literally has gills. Jacob’s passion for surfing has taken him on an alternative route to the other instructors steering away from competition and focusing on staying stoked and frothing off surfing with friends, making film clips, and being adventurous travelling up and down the NSW coastline to find elusive surf spots. Jacob still has an eye for detail and interest in surfing technique and often likes to dig deep into the mechanics of waves and surfing. His lessons are uniquely tailored with this experience and mindset and he believes “The best surfer in the lineup is the one having the most fun”.
Sarah grew up on the south coast of Durban, South Africa and is now residing in Newcastle. She first started surfing at the age of 8, shortly after that she was competing around the country in a number of events. At the age of 14 she started travelling around the world surfing in International Events, then easing her way into surfing on the World Qualifying Series full time. Sarah still competes at an elite level with the hopes to represent South Africa in the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games as well as qualifying for the World Championship Tour. Sarah surfs almost every day, works hard in the gym and loves to be around kids.
Sunny Whitby-Otto is an 18 year old surfer from Newcastle. Sunny fell in love with surfing at age 10 and has aspired to make it as a professional in the sport ever since, currently competing on the Men’s Qualifying series and Men’s Junior Tour. Sunny loves surfing and passing on knowledge within the sport, so working at the surf school feels right at home and what he enjoys most is seeing the improvement within each student. Sunny has just finished his HSC and with high distinctions looking promising.
Ellie learnt to surf at 7 years old and fell in love with surfing when she got her first board at 11 years old. After playing almost every sport, she soon found that surfing was her passion. She is patient, always smiling and always having fun. Ellie loves travelling around Australia competing and surfing new places. Ellie has made finals and semi-finals in Ripcurl Gromsearch events across Australia and made it to the Ripcurl National finals in 2019. She also competes in pro junior events and is looking to compete on the World Qualifying Series in the years to come. Ellie’s goals are to keep loving surfing, keep having fun and to finish year 12 at the end of 2021.
Ava began surfing when she was 5 years old. However, it wasn’t until a trip up at Byron Bay that her love for surfing was found by seeing more women in a line up than ever before. Ava is enthusiastic and will always say that learning to surf has changed her life. By the age of 16, Ava competed in the NSW State Titles and Australian Titles for Longboarding over a number of years. She received a 3rd at the Australian Titles up at Cabarita, Queensland in 2019. Her surfing currently takes her to new places up and down the coast in search of the best waves. Along with surfing, Ava is studying soil science at the University of Sydney. Her goals in the long term are to keep surfing in new destinations and pursue a career in an environmental field to which she is highly passionate about.
Philippa has launched her surf school where she is excited to pass on her knowledge in and out of the water.
Philippa and the rest of the team want to help inspire the younger generation, get more females out in the water giving it a go
and helping surfers achieve their own personal goals which ever it may be.
The team at Philippa Anderson Surf School are ready of you.