Levin's Tash Gouldsbury is making waves in the surfing world after picking up national placings with skills learned on the Horowhenua beaches.
The twelve-year-old surfing sensation started surfing three years ago, encouraged by her dad getting back out into the waves.
Since then, the family have taken every opportunity to drive out to the Horowhenua beaches whenever there's any surf.
Tash says she loves waves where she can pile on the speed and snap her board off the top of the wave.
She says surfing a range of different breaks, including surf that is choppy and small, has helped build her skills.
This year, Tash placed third in the under-14 girls' categories at the New Zealand Nationals Surfing Championship at Piha in January, and in the under-14 New Zealand Billabong Grom Series and won the open womens' category at the Opunake Classic.
Most recently, she took the top girls' placing at the national Primary School Championships in Gisborne in October.