Behind the Wheel

With pro surfer, model and world traveller, Tanika Hoffman…

Home is…

No matter how much I travel, Cape Town will always be home.

My most unique travel experience was…

Meet pro surfer, model and world traveller, Tanika Hoffman and find out some of the life lessons she has learnt from the ocean.

I am always travelling to beautiful tropical locations, which I obviously love... but something totally unique for me that really stands out was going to Canada during their winter this year. Driving from the airport to Whistler was like something out of a fairy tale, the snow was incredibly beautiful, it took my breath away.

I never travel without…

It's going to sound crazy, but my teddy – he doubles up as an amazing aeroplane pillow! Also, my surfboards, bikinis and wetsuits.

Not many people know this about me but…

I am petrified of fishing hooks. I think it all started when I was young and surfed the Durban piers. Fishermen throw their lines off the pier and I was always paranoid about getting caught in the lines.

If I were not in a pro surfer I’d be…

I think if I weren't surfing I would still find a way to incorporate travelling the world into my life, I love experiencing new cultures, meeting new people and seeing beautiful places.

My favourite surf spots are…

I grew up in Kommetjie, Cape Town, surfing Long Beach every day. It may not be the best wave in the world but it's definitely one of my favourites. Internationally, I find it so hard to choose – but to name a few: Zeros (or Point Zero) in California, Noosa and North Narrabeen in Australia, and Reunion Island.

When I’m not surfing I’m…

Planning my next adventure!

What has the ocean taught you?

Mainly respect, and also how unpredictable life can be – you never know what to expect as it's forever changing – no surf session is ever the same! So because of this, to also just take everything as it comes – I try not to overthink things and to just make the best of every situation thrown at me.

Things that make me happy are…

Little things like family, palm trees, sunsets, sunrises, sunshine, seeing the joy in people’s eyes when experiencing the ocean or surfing for the first time, good waves, puppies. I'm a simple girl and love the simple things in life.

My favourite local travel destination is…

I love the West Coast, it has an amazing raw, untouched feel to it. There's nothing better than taking a spur of the moment, midweek trip to Elands Bay and arriving to perfect uncrowded waves.

My pet peeve is…

Rude and negative people. Sometimes people forget to just breathe and enjoy life.

One day I plan to…

Can I just stay in this moment for now? I'm loving it here!