At only 20 years of age, Bronte Macaulay is a force to be reckoned with. Originally hailing from Gracetown in WA, Bronte is currently gearing up for the World Qualifying Series and regularly competes against six-time world champion Stephanie Gilmore. We recently had the opportunity to chat with Bronte about how she prepares for competitions, and how she stays physically and mentally healthy. Here's what she told us...
How have you been preparing for the World Qualifying Series in 2015? I've been preparing for the world qualifying series by trying to surf as much as possible and getting a couple of coaching sessions in with my dad.
What’s your favourite pre and post surf snack? My favourite pre-surf snack is probably a banana and strawberry smoothie, and my favourite post-surf snack is avocado and tomato on sourdough bread.
What would your daily meal plan typically look like at competitions? I love waking up with a healthy smoothie! Lately I've been trying to make green ones with spinach, banana, cucumber, celery, avocado, coconut water and a bit of orange juice. Breakfast will usually consist of either muesli and Greek yogurt or poached eggs on toast. I like to have something not too heavy for lunch, a healthy chicken and salad wrap or sandwich. I usually snack on fruit and muesli bars throughout the day and dinner is typically salad with fish, chicken or steak or a pasta dish. I also love having a few squares of dark chocolate for dessert.
Apart from Surfing how do you stay healthy and eat well while you are travelling? I'm pretty lucky to have my sister traveling with me. She happens to be studying nutrition at university so I just follow her lead and ask her advice on different food. It's quite hard eating well all the time, especially on planes and in foreign countries where you don't have access to a supermarket. I have gotten food poisoning a couple of times, so I'm very cautious of the food I'm putting in my mouth. I think the main thing is to try eat as well as you can with what you've got and be prepared to bring food from home if you know you're going to an isolated place with unfamiliar food.
As an aspiring World Championship Tour competitor how do you stay mentally focused? By setting goals and being around people who support you and love you. Also trying to have a balanced lifestyle and knowing the times to put your head down and work hard and the times to relax.
What do you do when you aren’t surfing or training? I'm studying off campus to be a primary school teacher at Edith Cowan university, so that takes a lot of my time up. Otherwise I'm hanging out with friends and family or watching movies. I also love baking!
What’s your favourite surf destination? Up north in Western Australia. Our family goes camping there every year and we usually always get fun waves. It's just a nice place to relax with the family and sit around the campfire or chill at the lagoon.
Follow Bronte on Instagram - @brontemacaulay | Photos provided by Surfing WA