Girls Gone Wild: Megan Abubo

In the new issue of TransWorld Surf (6 #10), we have a feature called “Girls Gone Wild. Don’t get too excited, the girls are a clothed (in bikinis!) and are so damn fit they could probably whip your perverted ass in a heartbeat. I can say this because I actually was whipped with a wet towel, on my bare ass, by Keala Kennelly, on our ten-day boat trip to the fabled Mentawai Island chain off the coast of Sumatra. Throughout the week, I will be posting interviews I did with the fine ladies of women’s surfing. Enjoy ’em and feel free to send any questions you have to me at jcote@twsnet.com. To answer everyone’s first question, no, I did not hook up with any of the girls, I’m a professional (and I have zero game). A million thanks go out to Anthony at Saraina Koat Mentawai Charters–check out their website at www.mentawaiislands.com.

Today we are blessed with Megan Abubo. North Shore ripper, proud Waialua Bulldog, Roxy team rider, and the only girl who would do ‘the worm’ during our dance parties.

Transworld Surf: Where are you from?

Megan Abubo: I’m from the North Shore of Oahu.

Are you a bulldog (Waialua High mascot)?

I was a bulldog.

A bull what?

No, not a bull dyke. I think somebody called me girly earlier.

Who called you girly (I did)?

Some guy. But I’m not girly, I’m really masculine. I swear.

You don’t look very masculine.

I try to be.

Try harder. When you were growing up, who were some surfers that you looked up to?

I used to watch Sunny (Garcia) a lot when I was a kid. He’s the epitome of Hawai’ian surfing, back foot power. Everything he does is raw. In the early nineties it wasn’t about throwing your tail, it was about pushing your back foot down and doing a big turn. I looked up to Sunny a lot. I looked up to Lisa Andersen a lot, too. I remember watching this special on her on MTV, and that was the day I decided to be a professional surfer, or at least try.

How old were you then?

Fourteen, I think.

Who taught you how to surf?

A couple people. I grew up in Waikiki, so a bunch of beach boys, this woman named Lori Saxman, she was like my hanai mom, like an auntie, she gave me a bunch of lessons. Before I knew it, I could stand up and do little turns. When you’re a kid, you do an off the lip and you think you’re ripping.

I still do.

Growing up in Waikiki, I didn’t just surf. I longboarded, tandem surfed, canoe surfed, I did everything. I didn’t even know about pro surfing until I saw that thing about Lisa and met Sunny.

How did you go from being a fourteen year old who knew little about surfing to where you are now?

I went to California and I won a U.S. surfing title and afterwards I remember calling my mom and she was all stoked, and dedicated a song on the radio to me. The next week my friend was like “Come up to Huntington and surf in the U.S. Open. I was in the tenth grade or something and I was like “Really? I did it and I made the semis. And then in the ‘CT event I surfed against Lisa–and totally got my ass kicked, but that was when I went “Wow, I think I can do this. I’ve never been one of those surfers that was super naturally talented. I just worked really hard, but I was always really good at contest surfing, so I qualified for the ‘CT after two years. That’s how I got started. I got really lucky I think. What’s the difference between men’s surfing and women’s surfing?I think it’s just like any sport. I respect men in everything they do, they’re really strong athletes. If you have ten-percent body fat and you’re a guy, that’s kind of a lot. If you’re a woman and fifteen percent body fat, that’s considered skinny. To me, men have a lot more muscle mass. That’s the difference to me, guys are a lot bigger and stronger, and they’ve been surfing longer.

But us guys smell a lot worse.

That’s different. All of us girls watch men’s surf videos and get inspired. We want to do what they’re doing, but I know I’m not going to throw out a turn like Occy, there’s no way. And Melanie’s not going to do an air like Andy, she’s going to do an air like Melanie. People are so busy comparing men’s surfing to women’s surfing, but we’re two different sexes. No one ever says “I don’t think Venus Williams serves as good as Andy Roddick. Venus will never serve as fast as Andy Roddick, and that’s just the way it is. The way I see it, we just want to be the best we can at our sport, which is women’s surfing. I’m not a male surfer and I never will be. We’re out there to impress little girls, so they can realize that they can surf like Melanie or Chelsea, or any of us. I don’t think little girls wake and go “I’m going to surf like Kelly Slater today. You know, we’re trying–women surfers are a lot better than we were five years ago.

I must say, you ladies are a lot better looking than the men.

Coming from you, I should hope so.

Where do you see women’s surfing going in the next ten years?

I think Melanie has paved the way for a lot of young girls. I’ve seen Carissa Moore do airs. She’s doing airs probably because she saw Melanie doing airs. Melanie was one of the first girls to try and do airs, and I think more girls will follow her. I’ve surfed with Carissa out at six-foot Haleiwa, and the girl is eleven years old. We were both bailing our boards on like six foot, maybe bigger sets. She’s way younger than me, and I was getting hammered. I was looking at her and she was getting drilled next to her dad, she was coming up going “Wow, I made it! with that kind of commitment and drive, and with girls watching Keala and Rochelle charge these huge waves, I think girls are going to realize that they can be out at eight to ten foot Lance’s Right or six foot Backdoor. It’s all about seeing another girl do it. This generation that I’m in now has been the one that paved the way to really charge and do innovative and different things. I think the next generation is going to take it to another level, like airs and big barrels.

Any advice to the young girls out there?

Don’t forget who you are. Go out there and get a wave in your bikini with your long hair, who cares? You’re a girl, do it. Or if you want to be a little tomboy, who cares? Be whoever you are, whether it’s a tomboy or a girly girl. Just go out there and surf and have fun.

Thank You Megan.