Although scantily clad beachgoers are common in the tourist haven of Queensland’s Sunshine Coast, boardriders and walkers have been left blushing by the sight of a woman taking to the ocean in just her bare essentials.
Long-time surfer Ian Borland said he almost fell off his board when the “curvy” young woman paddled out at Noosa.
“I’ve been surfing for almost 50 years and I have never seen anything like it. There must have been 100 guys out there and out she paddled bold as brass,” he said. “The reaction was shock at first and then everyone thought it was quite funny. We were all intrigued.”
The woman, who has become known around Noosa as “the naked surfer,” was identified by The Courier-Mail as 32-year-old New Zealander Marama Kake.
She said she is no brazen exhibitionist and is more interested in spreading a message of “sustainable surfing.”
“I’m not out there to get everyone to look at me, I just love the sensation and simplicity of surfing in my ‘sustainability suit,’” Kake said. “I cover up, or paddle away, if I am anywhere near children and have never had any trouble with lifeguards or authorities and I’ve been doing it for years in Australia and New Zealand.”
Kake, who has “get naked, get sustainable” inscribed on her boards, said reactions were mostly favorable. She said women came over to say they admired her courage.
“It changes the mood very quickly and cuts through the aggression that is finding its way to busy point breaks. It’s a sure-fire cure for wave rage,” she joked.