I sat on the plane thinking how amazing my family were. They are the reason i am on this plane. If it wasn’t for them i would be sitting in my room sulking dreaming about going to Rio. They helped me raise enough money. They bought all of the food and the music. I always blamed my problems on my family when the whole time they have been trying to help me.
The plane trip was quite long. I watched sole surfer with my brother. Its the most Inspiring movie about a girl called Bethany Hamilton who loses her arm from a shark. It shows her trust in God and her passion for surfing. She ends up competing in the Hawaii finals because she knows through the grace of God she can do anything. I loved this movie and it made me motivated and ready for the competition.
We got off the plane and headed to the check out. After I thought all of my life problems were over my luggage went missing. OMG that had all my cozzies my wetsuit and my clothes. SERIOUSLY. My mum and my family had to get to the hotel because Velvet needed to have a sleep so my dad said he would come with me to bye some more clothes and swim wear. I was so annoyed i had lost 2 of my fav cozzies. My dad new i was upset and he tried so much to cheer me up.
“Hey mate go to the shops and bye yourself an Ice cream” Said my Dad
I went to the ice cream shop and bought my self a triple Choc ice cream and sat on the beach. My dad walked up to me and gave me a bag.
There is something special in there for you. i opened the bag and looked inside. There folded was 2 perfect cozzies and the wetsuit i had been saving up for and never got a chance to get. I jumped up and gave my dad a massive hug.
” Thank you dad” I said with a huge grin on my face.
That night i went to bed nice and early because the biggest day of my life was tomorrow.
I woke this morning with a buzz and i jumped out of bed. I got dressed and ran down stairs. I ate my breakfast as fast as lightning kissed my sisters and left the house with my dad.
Rio was amazing the beaches were perfect the water was crystal clear and had perfect waves. I sat on the beach and started to wax my board. My dad gave me a pep talk about focusing and how to catch the perfect wave.
” Your biggest threat is Haley Jones. She is from Hawaii and she has one every Comp in Hawaii ” Said my dad
” Heat 14 please gather on the beach”
” Good luck mate go smash them”. Said my dad with a determined voice.
“Competitors take your marks get set go”
We were off. I raced into the water and paddled as fast as i could.
I just couldn’t believe i was doing a surf comp in RIO. I needed to focus i had to win.
My first waves were pretty bad. I just wasn’t concentrating. I could here my family cheering for me.
The next wave was perfect i paddled and paddled and i hopped on. I did a cut back and snapped of the top. I went down the wave and did a round house cut back. I snapped of the wave and i heard my family cheering.
” Judges give it a 8.9 great wave from Paige”Said the judges
Just as i started paddling out Hayley caught the biggest and best wave.
“Judges give her a 9.7 an amazing wave from Hayley” Thats the highest scoring of the day”.
Just as i was about to get another wave the horn blue. At that moment i knew i had come second not first. Nooooooooooooo.
As i walked of the beach my family gave me a big hug and a bunch of flowers.
I stepped onto the podium and i was given the second place trophy. As they gave it to me i heard a voice in the distance saying stop stop. The guy was red in the face he spoke quickly and i could barely understand what he was saying. I think he said Hayley Jones was a cheat.
” Hayley’s Uncle is one of the judges and thats the reason she one. Her Uncle has made her win every comp and she is a big lousy cheat ” said the man with an angry tone in his voice.
I couldn’t believe what i was hearing. I was handed the trophy and everyone started to cheer.
“Congratulations Paige Winner of the Rio Nationals ” Said the judges
” First of all i would just love to thank my amazing family because i would have never be here if it wasn’t for them. I always thought they were the reason i had a terrible life but they ant. I love all of you guys and i wouldn’t change any of you even when you are so frustrating. I love you guys so much. ” I said with the biggest grin on my face.
Stay tuned for my summery of my story 🙂
– Tahlia xx