Philippa grew up with her older brother Craig on the beautiful South African coast at Port Elizabeth. Having a father that surfed and living across from the beach it was easy to see that both kids were going to end up loving the ocean, running down to the beach before and after school and spending hours in the water. In her own words, Philippa’s childhood was every bit as idyllic as it sounds. “I am so blessed to have grown up the way I did,” she admits.
Philippa started surfing from the age of 10 where it was just fun and games. Her dad played a big role in teaching how to surf and after the family emigrated to Australia, she surfed in her first Under12 Girls Division in the RipCurl Grom Search. She had so much fun, and the other competitive girls pushed her to want to surf better, being the competitive human that she is today. Her big push to want to be a professional surfer was after her successful Pro Junior Career, finishing 2nd in the World Pro Junior for two years in row. “After coming so close to a win I knew this is what I wanted to do.”