Since joining the team in 2018, Naomi Scott’s personal preference has seen her ride a standard fibreglass racing mal throughout her entire career.
Unaware of the new construction and without the ability of choice, the 2022 Lifesaving World Championships saw Scott discover a newfound confidence within herself and her now, carbon fibre Hextek board.
Jumping onto her borrowed craft just hours prior to the commencement of competition, a stressed Scott was pleasantly surprised.
“Paddling an unknown board for the first time leading into a major event, I was so stressed,” she said.
“But I was able to pull it smoothly through the water, moving forward, feeling light and at ease.”
Bringing home 3 individual silvers and a bronze in the Open Women’s World Board Final, Scott was interested to learn that her craft was not only carbon fibre, but a new construction entirely.
“I felt like I was at one with the board.
“The construction allowed me to feel connected to my craft, giving me the ability to move the board across the water effortlessly – something I personally had never experienced with a carbon fibre board before.”
Continuing through 2023/24 season with her new Hextek racing mal, a confident Scott believes surf racing is all about how you feel on your craft.
“Confidence in your craft creates confidence within yourself.”