Born into the lineups of blue-collar North Narrabeen -- roughly 25KM north of Sydney, NSW -- behind her abundance of style and sparkling personality, Laura Enever is tough as nails.
Sprouting up through the Aussie junior ranks, success for Enever came early and often. In 2008, she announced her arrival, winning the ISA World Junior gold medal and earned the Rookie of the Year award at the Vans Triple Crown of Surfing. The following year she took out the WSL World Junior Title. Brands like Billabong and Nike came knocking. Her star was on the rise and by 2011, Enever was on the Championship Tour. Rookie of the Year honors soon followed.
"It's a dream come true," she said at the time. "I think the girls on tour today are proud to demonstrate that you can still be beautiful and go out and tear the bag out of it."
During her seven years on Tour, Enever was not only a consistent threat, but bigger picture, she was a game-changer. The fashionista of the Tour, she made it her personal mission to bring beauty and femininity, as well as highly progressive surfing to the tour.
Entering the contest at Jaws in 2016, she finished tied for fourth. It was a seminal moment in her career. After dealing with a string of injuries in 2017, she stepped away from full-time Tour surfing to chase more dreams. She pursued her newfound passion for riding big waves. Charging hard at spots like Jaws on Maui and Shipsterns Bluff in Tasmania, she embraced the challenge wholeheartedly.
"You can't really do much big-wave surfing and focus on the Tour at the same time, so really, it's all worked out," Enever told Surfer Magazine in 2018 as she was making the transition from jersey to flotation vest. "After I did trips to bigger Cloudbreak and P-Pass, something changed and it took away from my desire to do competition, anyway. I've been spending heaps of time getting more confident and comfortable in bigger waves."
But even when the surf's not pumping Enever has found a way to have a positive impact on surfing. Last year, with the support of her sponsor Billabong, she stared in a YouTube series entitled "To Surf With Love." Spotlighting inspiring women in far-flung corners of the Earth, the project showcased why supporting emerging surf cultures, and more importantly, the women in those lineups, is so vital to surfing's success in the future. Enever's passion, compassion and naturalness in front of a camera helped open up opportunities that simply wouldn't have been there without her.
And now, in her newest documentary project called "Undone," Enever tells her own story of how she rose from Narrabeen grom to one of the most influential female surfers in the world. Charging ledgy slabs like The Box in Western Australia, this next chapter of her already colorful career could be the most amazing yet.