Get on Board and Get Inspired with Elle Fit.
We love working with inspiring people, and this young lady is exactly that. 23-year-old Eliza, or @elle_fit as she’s known to her 78,000 Instagram followers, is the epitome of what inspires us here at The Surfboard Warehouse. So we just had to share her story with you.
Eliza "Elle Fit" soaking it up on the Saltwater Kiss Siren
After battling for a couple of years with medical issues, Eliza decided she wasn’t going to let physical aliments get in the way of enjoying the things she loved – an active lifestyle on the ocean. Determined to get out there and get healthy Eliza started documenting her road to recovery on Instagram, Facebook and her blog. Elle Fit was born! Self-taught yogi and ocean enthusiast, she now has a swag of fans following her daily and is kept busy sharing her active lifestyle tips through her website www.ellefitactive.com. And when she decided to “Get On Board”, she came to the Surfboard Warehouse to stock her quiver.
We went out for a paddle with Eliza last week to get the full run down on her journey, and find out what inspires HER to Get on Board!
How old are you?
23 going on 12 haha, I’m in my final year of Law at Uni but I often get asked how high school is going…
Where did you grow up and where do you live now?
I grew up in Cairns, Far North Queensland. Surrounded by tropical beaches with no surf, but an abundance of crocodiles and stingers. I have recently made the move from Brisbane to the Sunshine Coast and absolutely LOVE it.
What’s your daily grind?
No daily grind so far this year - I think that’s what I love the most. New challenges, new people, new adventures! Time for family, cuddles with my mountain lion (Leonberger) Klaus, regular exercise and stretching/yoga, answering emails, working on all things Elle Fit Active, with a side of full time uni.
Tell us how Elle Fit started?
I’ve always been active but had a few rough years with chronic fatigue, a number of food intolerances and unpleasant sciatic pain from scoliosis. At the beginning of 2013 I arrived at a point where I really wanted to get to the bottom of everything I was struggling with. I began a self-taught yogi bear journey in the hopes of helping my back pain and documented this on my elle_fit Instagram account. I was having lots of questions on how I taught myself, which lead me to creating Elle Fit Active and Get Bendy – a stretching guide available as a PDF eGuide and also an A1 poster which are available on my website www.ellefitactive.com.
What motivates you?
Being the healthiest and happiest version of myself.
Who inspires you?
Anyone diving in and following their dreams.
Where and when did you learn to surf and who taught you?
I first got on a board a couple of years ago but didn’t really get into it until moving to the [Sunshine] Coast this year. I learnt through a mixture of friends, bruises, lungs full of water and maybe a concussion or two!
What did you find the greatest challenge when learning to surf?
I was a pool swimmer growing up and doing Surf Life Saving as a kid in Cairns never really prepared me for proper surf. Understanding the unforgiving nature and power of the ocean is something I’ve had to get used to. I would get quite anxious anytime I was rolled by a big wave. It’s something I’m still very much working on but I think every time I go out I get a little more confident.
Where is your favourite local surf spot?
Noosa, at the moment.
Where is your favourite holiday destination and why?
More travelling is definitely on my to do list. I think we’re pretty lucky to have such incredible spots in our backyard though. I’m happy to spend time at a number of beaches from Noosa to Byron Bay. Sun, sand, saltwater and good company is all I really need.
What boards are in your quiver right now?
Eliza hoping for some surf with her Saltwater Kiss Siren
What is your favourite Surfboard Warehouse product right now?
Love both my boards!
What do you love most about the Surfboard Warehouse?
Great products at an affordable price that allows me to get out and enjoy the things I love. And of course the awesome team behind it all!
Good on you Eliza! We love your attitude and determination. In honour of Elle Fit, we are having a sale on her favourite Salt Water Kiss Siren long boards. The sale is on for the month of July only, in store and online. So what are you waiting for – Get On Board!
Yoga moves are easy on the Atlantis Halo
Thanks for choosing the SWK Siren Eliza! We're a big fan!!
Blissfully cruising on her Saltwater Kiss Siren