Felicity Palmateer is a Professional Surfer, Artist & Conservationist, from Australia. In 2015, she rode the biggest wave ever ridden by a female Australian surfer at Cowaramup Bombora off the coast of Margaret River, south of Perth. Since then there has been no stopping and she has been chasing bigger and higher waves. Felicity Palmateer talks about her passion for surfing and what it takes to be a professional one, exclusively on Women Fitness.
You are a Professional Surfer, Artist & Conservationist. How do these roles define you?
Surfing has played the biggest role in my life and most of my decisions are based around surfing – where I live, who I spend my time with, my itinerary, training schedule, diet and so forth. I enjoy being really fit and a day does not go by where I am not checking the surf or planning for it in some way. And surfing is where I draw much of my inspiration from with regards to my art. The colours I use, mediums and the images I am inspired by have largely been coastal or ocean related. I have held two solo exhibitions and have a few commercial collaborations at the moment – with Nudie Juice, Billabong and iBark (phone covers). My next project includes an audio-visual element, photography and art and has been two years in the making. Stay tuned! The conservation stuff is usually all marine-based too. Understanding and helping to preserve marine life is a passion. I was included on a shark-savers mission to the Galapagos, travelled to the Seychelles where some ground-breaking reef restoration science is underway, have visited the Great Barrier Reef as a guest of Tropical North Queensland, and participate regularly in fundraising work with SurfAid International. All that and more keeps me very busy! And it’s all based around my love for surfing.
Your workout routine?
When I’m home, I train at Elevation Fitness on the Gold Coast and they have great facilities. Including an altitude room, where you can work out at reduced oxygen levels. Nam Baldwin has been a big influence for me, in the past 24 months, he trains lots of surfers including World Champions Mick Fanning and Steph Gilmore, and it was Nam who helped me prep for the Big Wave events at Jaws. Before Hawaii each year I’ll usually include pool training and B.E.T. (breath enhancement training). Recovery is important, I’ll hit the P3 sports recovery centre when I’m finished at the gym and alternate between hot and cold pools. On the road, I’ll do running, stairs, various body weight exercises and stretch. But usually when I’m home is where I’ll put in the work.
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