Italian surfer girl, Marta Tomasini, has been living in France since 2011 and has the ocean in her heart. Following her heart and love, she settled into Biarritz, France to live closer to the waves. Her love of surfing expanded to her professional endeavours, and she is the proud founder and editor of surf blog, Surfragette. The iconic name is the fluid combination of Surf and Suffragette, the female movement for equal rights. This blog is a global platform to unite lovers of the ocean with lifestyle tips, travelling inspirations and stories of other ocean-lovers.
Name: Marta Tomasini
Date of Birth: 05.16.1989.
Height: 5'0" (1.50 m)
Location: Biarritz, South-West France
Local Break: Cotes des Basques, Biarritz
Countries Surfed: France, Portugal, Morocco, Italy
Experience (Years): 5
Inspirations: The raw, wild, beauty of nature
How did you get into surfing?
Having lived the most of my life one hour far from the mountains, I’ve always been a snow bunny and started sliding on the snow at the age of 2! When I was a teen I discovered the snowboarding and my passion for boardsports grew from there.
In 2010 I took on a trip to Morocco where I fell in love with surfing. Once I came back to Italy (my native country) I found out it was actually possible to surf in the Mediterranean! I was so stoked and never stopped from that time on. Surfing gave me the reason to travel to foreign countries looking for the perfect waves and taught me a lot about myself, nature, relationships and life in general.
Can you give us an idea of what your typical meals in a day would be?
I’m Italian so food has always taken a special place in my life. It’s not just eating, but it is a moment of socialization with others as well as of reflection. Even if I am now living in France, I try to keep up with the Mediterranean diet I have been having since my childhood.
The day starts with a sweet breakfast: an Italian expresso is a must, then some cookies or a brioche and eventually a glass of soya milk or fruit juice. Lunch is usually some carbs such as pasta or risotto, or a lighter meal with some veggies in a salad. For dinner, I try to balance with some proteins and vegetables. I never skip my sweet snacks in between meals eheh and I usually have a dessert after dinner!
Do you do any stretches or exercises pre- or post-surf?
Ehm, I know I should, but whenever the waves are good I’m too excited and start running towards the water without second thoughts. I actually do some warm-up, but I shamefully won’t call it “exercising”. After surfing, I’m usually too exhausted to do anything but take a hot shower.
I do actually work out twice week and at the moment I am taking classes of fit box and pilates. They keep me in shape and ready to face the surf.
What do you grab for a post-surf snack?
Chocolate! It’s energizing and never lets me down. I just love it and crave it after surf (with some hot tea during winter)!
What's your favourite gear?
I can’t say I have a favourite. I love riding both my two boards depending on the conditions. They’re both 8 ft single fin longboards, but they do behave differently and I enjoy them on every wave.
I am surfing in a wetsuit almost all year-long and at the moment I am in love with Xcel and Patagonia. They respond well to comfort and performance in the water.