Bruny Island Coastal Retreats is proud to support local surfing talent Lizzie Stokely. In part 1 of this video series, Lizzie shares a bit about her dreams and what she loves about Bruny Island.
"I love big waves - I'm really lucky Cloudy Bay sometimes has big walls, or sometimes just little rip bowls. But I've grown up just trying to charge and Dad's always pushing me and saying "I bet you can't go this one, it's too big", and yeah that's awesome, that's what I love about Bruny."
"Ever since I was young, I just watched on YouTube continuously the world title and the the qualifying series to get there and that's been a massive goal of mine, for my whole life really, through-out school I just really wanted to compete and bring Bruny Island and Tasmania on to the main stage. And because I'm the only Tasmanian on the qualifying series, it does make it hard, but it definitely gives me an inner drive, and I definitely have some kind of underdog spirit that other people don't have, and coming from a place where surfing isn't the most major sport, like in Queensland or New South Wales, then I think I do have an advantage because I come from such raw power, but it does make it harder because you are not surfing as much as you would in the tropical bikini weather. It's been a great experience so far but it's a very long road but I'm loving every minute of it."
"Winning a world title or anything on an international stage would be amazing. That's been my number one goal in life and bringing Tassie and Bruny Island on to the world stage with me. It would just be a dream come true really."
Cloudy Bay was initially named l’baie Mauvaise by French explorer Bruni D'Entrecasteaux in 1792, after 1822 it was marked on the maps of the time as Bad Bay, and after 1859 became known as Bad or Cloudy Bay.