Meet Mia Francis - Byron Bay local, avid surfer and the newest Okanui Women’s Advocate!
We sat down with her to find out her love of surfing, goals for the future and how she likes to escape the everyday.
This is your first collab with Okanui, what first attracted you to the brand?
I am attracted to anything that loves the ocean and surfing as much as I do.
What’s your favourite piece from the new Okanui Women’s collection?
I’ve been loving wearing the Hibiscus cross over one piece in the surf!
When did you start surfing and what inspired you to start?
I’m very lucky to have grown up around the ocean and I feel very comfortable in all conditions; big and small, clean or wild. My dad hand shaped my first surfboard when I was 11 then a few years later I got my first longboard and I've been surfing ever since.
2020 has been a big year for many, what has been the best part of 2020 for you?
I'm grateful to say I have grown from the changes that 2020 has thrown at me. It has been a time to slow down, focus on my goals and work hard towards them!
I've been lucky enough to get a great new job at Byron Bay Candles and when I'm not there I'm doing my best to get into the surf.
What are you most excited for in 2021?
2021… I have no plans for next year other than to work, surf and create! And that's what I'm excited for.
Describe your perfect day.
A perfect day for me always involves the ocean and good fresh food. An early surf is a daily goal of mine followed by breakfast. If I have the day off work then I love to catch up with friends and head back to the beach or into the hills for a day trip adventure! Maybe a Siesta!
What’s your favourite way to Escape The Everyday?
Listening to good music helps and being grateful for every day.