Imagine-Dream-Believe, the exact words that many people only read on inspirational posters and books. These are powerful and beautiful words that only a few people put into action in their daily lives, and for 19-year-old Kiwi surfer Ella Williams, that’s exactly the case. Imagine – Dream – Believe is what she lives by everyday of her life. They have driven her to win a world junior title in Brazil last year and such words remind her that dreams do come true.
When this charismatic blue eyed surfer from Whangamata New Zealand was about 10- years-old, she wrote on a surf poster that she hung on her bedroom wall that she wanted to be a world champion, 8 years later she did just that, and big, positive changes started to happen in her life.
Ella shared with the Surf Channel, “I found myself surrounded by the media, they wanted to meet with me and talk about my surfing accomplishments. All of it reaffirming me that dreams do come true.”
Ella was very generous with her time to chat with us and also to visit with a couple of young fans who recognized her after a surf session in Oceanside. Ella and her dad shared a couple of bracelets with her fans which carry her mantra: Imagine- Dream – Believe and she encouraged them to dream big and pursue their goals.
When the Surf Channel asked Ella how she felt after her Southern California appearances at both the Vans US Open of Surfing and the Paul Mitchell SuperGirl Pro she added, “Both events have been great experiences, I have enjoyed both and I feel I have learned from them as well. I am traveling to France next and look forward to continuing to work hard there as well.”
A full family team effort surrounds her as she travels with mom and dad while her older brother attends to business back in “Whanga” running the family’s surf shop. The 2015 World Tour might just have a second Kiwi on board along with Paige Hareb who has been proving herself in the ranks. Best wishes Ella! IMAGINE-DREAM-BELIEVE