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From a very young age, Monica learned to love and appreciate the ocean.  Coming from a windsurfing family, she would go out on her mum’s board as a young girl still wearing floaties!    Most of Monica’s childhood was spent on an Island off the coast of Brazil called Ilhabela.  At 15, she started windsurfing and this passion quickly became an obsession.  The first race Monica entered was called the Sao Paulo Windsurfing Championships, where she placed 2nd in the state.

In 2005, she packed up her life and migrated to Perth, Western Australia.  She fell in love with the city and the extremely good wind conditions. Four years later Monica was introduced to SUP by one of her windsurfing mates and she became totally hooked on the sport and has never looked back.  Whilst she had years of windsurfing experience, surfing and stand up paddling were completely foreign to her.


Name
Monica de Araujo

Age 37

Home break
Scarborough

Rides
DC custom 7’6’’ x 26’’, Volume 77

Stance
Natural

Best Contest
Australian Nationals 2015 – 4th place

Top Race Result
2nd pro women Batavia SUP Race 2015

My Inspiration
Everyone who is happy in their heart and has froth in the surf inspires me.

Goals for 2016
To compete at 2016 Nationals

Preferred Sup Breaks
Yallingup (WA), Jails (Maldives), Sanur (Bali)

If you were a sea animal, what would you be
Dolphin

Tunes that inspire me
I love electronic music.

All-time favorite drink
Mojito

This lady was not one to shy away from a challenge. Combining her passion for the ocean and skills from years of windsurfing, she picked up the skills she needed quickly and hit the water running.  Monica has paddled internationally including Hawaii, Sumatra, Maldives, Brazil and Bali and has travelled extensively across Western Australia, chasing waves. 

It was 2013 when she decided to start competing locally. The WA State Round in Mandurah, which she won. Monica backed this up in 2014, competing in WA State Rounds, she placed 1st, becoming the West Australian State Champion.  In 2015, she placed 1st.  Once again securing her position as WA State Champion.  Having the taste of success, she recently participated in a 2-month elite sup training program out of the Australian Titles. Her hard work and dedication to her training and sport secured her a 4th place finish at Australian Nationals, held in Currumbin, Queensland, 2015. 

Monica is certainly a talent to watch, her career like her paddling has taken off quickly.

Race Results

2013

  • State round (Secret Harbor)- (SUP surfing open women) – 1st place

2014

  • WA State Champion (SUP surfing open women)
  • Bridge to Bank – 1st place

2015

  • WA State Champion (SUP surfing open women)
  • Toyota Australia SUP titles (SUP surfing open women) – 4th place
  • Batavia Coast (SUP surfing pro women) – 1st place
  • Batavia Coast (SUP Race pro women) – 2nd place
  • Standup Surf Shop Rottnest Classic (SUP surfing pro women) - 2nd place