Introducing Hyundai Team Electric

Published on 16/02/2024

Back for its second season, Hyundai She’s Electric is an online surf competition open to all female athletes aged 14+ Australia-wide. The Top 5 surfers who scored the highest waves in the 12-week competition window are known as Hyundai Team Electric. They’ll receive expert coaching and the chance to win $5k in cash and and a VIP experience at the Hyundai Australian Boardriders Battle Grand Final with former World Tour surfer Laura Enever thanks to Hyundai.

You can watch their waves HERE and find out a bit more about Top 5 below:

ANNE DOS SANTOS

Age: 22
From: Dee Why, NSW

How does it feel to make it into the Top 5?
It’s pretty special to have been selected as a Top 5 athlete based on the video submissions because there are so many talented surfer girls in Australia. I was watching everyone’s submissions and frothing out at how high the level of surfing was for this online event!
What do you hope to achieve from being part of Hyundai Team Electric, to have an all-female comp and support like this? And what do you hope to learn from the camp?
Getting this opportunity to be surrounded by some of the best coaches and surfers in Australia is anything an athlete could ever dream of. I hope to learn as much as I can from the people around me during this experience.
How is this different to other competitions and training you have done in the past?
One thing that makes it unique is it’s a girls training camp. I think nowadays there are more camps being run for girls but to be honest I have never had an opportunity to participate in one! So I’m super excited to be a part of this.
And what are your surfing goals?
My main goal is to excel in all conditions… small, big, barreling, onshore, offshore! Whatever the ocean throws at me I want to be ready for it.
Short term goals:
Qualify for the WCS
Get barreled at **** it’s this gnarly big wave left barrel in Aus.
Paddle big Nazare
Start shooting for another surf film
Win the Vans Pipe Masters
Compete in a WSL Big Wave event
Some of my major goals I hope to achieve by becoming an all-round surfer:
Qualify for the WSL World Tour
Qualify for WSL big wave events such as the Jaws and Nazare 
Not just travel for an event but to spend time at places and explore new waves! 
Create epic surf films

Image: Anne Dos Santos

WILLOW HARDY

Age: 17
From:  Gnarabup, WA

How does it feel to make it into the Top 5?
I feel so stoked to have made the Top 5, especially since all the girls clips were insane! 
What do you hope to achieve from being part of Hyundai Team Electric?
I hope to be able to push and expand my limits and go home knowing I’ve given it my best shot
How is this different to other competitions and training you have done in the past?
I’m not too sure what is involved yet but I know Laura (Enever) has some super cool surprises and training up her sleeve.
What does it mean to you, to have an all-female comp and support like this?
It’s always so fun to surf with the girls and super exciting that female surfing has so much support and so many amazing role models.
What do you hope to learn from the camp?
There is always so much you can learn and take away from doing camps and surfing with people who push you. I am very excited and grateful to get the opportunity to learn from Laura (Enever) as well.
And what are your surfing goals?
My surfing goals are to make the WSL Championship tour and become one of the best female power surfers. I also want to travel to and surf as many new places a possible and meet sick people along the way.

Image: Willow Hardy. Credit: Louis Ruben

CORAL DURANT

Age: 20
From: Palm Beach, QLD 

How does it feel to make it into the Top 5?
I’m really happy to make the Top 5, I saw some incredible entries throughout the whole year from the Aussie girls so to end up making it here feels great.
What do you hope to achieve from being part of Hyundai Team Electric?
I’d like to get the most I can out of this opportunity, and to win the overall competition would be pretty cool too.
How is this different to other competitions and training you have done in the past?
For the competition side, it’s obviously pretty foreign from what I’m used to with the online entries, but for what I’m expecting with the training at this camp, I feel it might be similar to the work I’ve been doing with Surfing Aus this past year but we’ll just have to wait and see.
What does it mean to you, to have an all-female comp and support like this?
It’s so cool to see so much support in women’s surfing here in Australia, it’s definitely deserved and I feel so privileged to get this opportunity.
What do you hope to learn from the camp and what are your surfing goals?
I’m hoping to sharpen up the competition skills and fine tune anything I need for this years qualifying series.

Image: Coral Durant Hardy. Credit: Andy Morris

ROSIE SMART

Age: 19
From: Sawtell, NSW

How does it feel to make it into the Top 5?
Watching all of the girls clips, the level of surfing was so high and there were some insane clips so I’m really grateful and stoked to be included in the Top 5.
What do you hope to achieve from being part of Hyundai Team Electric?
I would love to walk away from the camp with new friendships and knowledge to improve my surfing and also hopefully the win!
How is this different to other competitions and training you have done in the past?
The online format allowed me to put in my best surfing without the pressure and time frame of a heat. Instead of the normal ‘three to the beach’ heat scenario, the She’s Electric competition encouraged all of the girls to push ourselves and try something new.
What does it mean to you, to have an all-female comp and support like this?
For me, it’s rare to surf with other girls of this level so it’s really cool that Surfing Australia has created a platform where us girls can come together and push each other in the surf.
What do you hope to learn from the camp?
I’m looking forward to the (jet)ski session and using the HPC facilities to improve my airs.
And what are your surfing goals?
I want to be an all-round surfer and I really want to improve on my barrel riding and airs. I also really enjoy competing and would love to qualify for the Challenger Series.

Image: Rosie Smart

QUINCY SYMONDS

Age: 15
From: Tweed Heads, QLD

How does it feel to make it into the Top 5?
It feels great to make it into the Top 5, being selected from hundreds of different women all around Australia to get to compete against the best in Australia.
What do you hope to achieve from being part of Hyundai Team Electric?
I hope to win the competition, but I’m just grateful to be a part of this great opportunity.
How is this different to other competitions and training you have done in the past?
This is a very different format to other competitions around the world, as it is an opportunity to compete against other woman whilst also receiving coaching at the same time. It’s very different to having a 20 minute heat as the winner will be chosen over several days.
What does it mean to you, to have an all-female comp and support like this?
It’s an amazing opportunity and such a great way to encourage young woman to pursue their dreams of surfing.
What do you hope to learn from the camp?
I hope to learn from all the coaches and girls their approaches to competition surfing and improve my competition surfing.
And what are your surfing goals?
My goals are to win a WSL World title and an Olympic gold medal.

Image: Quincy Symonds. Credit: Trav Don Johnson

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