Growing up in Coolum, on Australia's Sunshine Coast, Nichols began surfing at age 9 and realized she wanted to become a pro surfer four years later. In 2015 she claimed the Australasia Junior Tour title and didn’t drop a heat on the way to winning the World Junior Championships in 2016. The smooth natural footer, whose style has been compared to a mix of Carissa Moore and Stephanie Gilmore, was seen as one of surfing’s great new talents destined to make the CT. With a stellar junior career, solid backing from big players in the surf industry and her undoubted talent it seemed only a matter of time before Nicholls made the big-time. However the next few years on the Qualifying Series proved difficult. Nichols, a dedicated student, was juggling her final years at High School with the demands of a being a full-time professional surfer. In both 2017 and 2018 she failed to make an impact on the QS and was never in the mix for qualification. She did however find the time to stunt double for Blake Lively in the movie The Shallows. However such was her loss of competitive confidence at the start of 2019 Nichols applied for University to study engineering as a back up plan if her surfing dreams didn’t pan out. However after finishing runner-up in the first two QS6,000 events of the year, Nichols was well placed in to qualify for the elite Championship Tour. She backed up those results with a few killer freesurfing edits which showcased the style, tuberiding skills and progression that had her earmarked as a future star of the sport. In the final QS event of 2019 Nichols claimed her first win at the Port Stephens Toyota Pro, cemented the No. 1 spot on the QS and confirmed her CT slot for 2020. It seems those studies may have to wait for a few years.

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  • Women's QS 2019
  • Heat wins
  • Avg. heat score
  • Avg. wave score

Event results

NamePlacePointsDefeated By
Boost Mobile Pro Gold Coast (WILD) 9th2,610Caroline Marks



Career stats

YearRankPointsEventsHeatsMax heat scoreBest result
Isabella Nichols
Isabella Nichols
  • Stance
  • First season
    2013 Women's JUN
  • Age
    22 Aug 20, 1997
World Surf League
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