A Swiss native, with a passion for surfing and life. This young entrepreneur made a choice to leave her office job at home to embark on a year long, round the world trip with her surfboard to live her dream. Upon returning to Switzerland, and realizing that Bali had captured her heart. This passionate and driven mermaid made the decision to move to Bali to start up her own business to teach and share her love for surfing with others.
If you're ever in Bali, look her up: www.mrbonesroadtrips.com.
Name: Tamsin Schutte
Date of Birth: 09.06.1992
Height: 5'6" (1.72 m)
Location: Canggu, Bali, Indonesia
Local Break: Balian (west coast)
Countries Surfed: South Africa, Mozambique, Australia, New Zealand, Bali, Portugal.
Experience: 3 years
Inspirations: Bethany Hamilton. Truthfully, my biggest inspiration for surfing would be the many hours spent at the beach and by the Ocean. It’s where I want to be for the rest of my life and now, I live in Bali.
How did you get into surfing?
According to my mom, as a child I would always say to her that when I’m older I want to be a surfer just like them and I would point to the surfers on the beach. I just always knew that I loved surfing as a sport and lifestyle. Being born and raised in a land locked country like Switzerland with no ocean access didn’t make it that easy for me to start surfing. So, when I was 16 years old I was allowed to go to a surf camp in Portugal and that was it - from then on all I wanted to do is surf. My family is originally from South Africa, so every holiday when we'd visit or go to a place by the ocean with waves, I would surf but the time between trips was so sporadic that I couldn’t really improve my skills. A few years ago, I made a decision to quit my office job in Switzerland to go on a world trip with my surfboard for one year so that I could finally live my dream of surfing every day.
During my trip, I ended up in Bali and is where I lost my heart. After returning to Switzerland, I made the decision to move to Bali and start up my own business, Mr. Bones Road Trips. So, now I live in Bali teaching people how to surf and give them a Surf Road Trips to remember. I bought myself a Volkswagen Bus T2 "hippie bus" and living my dream.
Can you give us an idea of what your typical meals in a day would be?
Given that I live in Bali, I tend to eat a lot of rice. Before I surf, I have a Nasi Bunkus which basically means take away rice with chicken and veggies. It’s healthy and gives me good energy for surfing. Lunch would be rice again with a different veggie and fish/chicken or tempei. Also, I do eat a lot of fruit throughout the day and I love my fresh fruit juices. On occasion, I do eat some western food too 🙂 Overall, I would say that I have a healthy and balanced diet.
Do you do any stretches or exercises pre-surf or post-surf?
Before I go in the water I normally do a quick warm up/ stretching and I do Yoga twice a week. Otherwise I don’t do too much other stretching. I do love to get a Balinese Massage every 2-3 weeks to loosen my muscles. 🙂
What do you grab for a post-surf snack?
Normally, I just get a coffee but sometimes I will have a banana or some other fruit.
What’s your favourite gear?
My favourite bikinis are actually not a surfer brand, but ones that my friend makes. They're locally made in Bali and are specifically for surfing, which means they fit perfectly and I don’t lose them! It's actually my friend's business, OY Surf Apparel.
My favourite board is my new custom-made, 6'6" board from a local shaper, Robi Hendra, here in Bali. If you're ever in the area be sure to swing by his shop CV.CiptaJaya Selancar and tell him Tamsin sent you 🙂