Hailing from Bondi, Pama (Pamatatau on his passport) had to stand out from the crowd early. Growing up on the single fins and twinnies that filled his dad's garage, he has developed a buttery smooth style. Despite his ultra-chill-layed-back vibes both in and out of the water (inherited from his Dad) he’s keen to attack life on the road and take his surfing to the next level.
He now frequents Tamarama, that is, when he’s not at his home away from home in Bali where you can see him at a local Warung sipping on Bintang’s. 2017 and his first year signed to the RDot was a whirlwind of travel – Portugal, France, California, South Aus and Fiji. But we have a feeling that has only whetted his appetite for more!
“One highlight was skating down a huge hill in Palm Springs with Harry, that was pretty cool. Another could be going to Fiji and scoring the best waves I've ever had but at the same time the local boys showing us around love running your pocket dry.”
It’s a cold, rainy day, can you describe the urge that makes you get off the couch,
out of your ugg boots to put on a cold wet suit and get out into the water?
Surfing is weird. It's like an addiction so I am also pretty low energy down in the dumps if I don't surf. Or I just don't realise I am and then after surfing I am so much happier. It's like excitement and hunger when you're looking at waves I'm just like "that looks really fun", plus I've probably watched everything on Netflix anyways.
What’s the furthest you’ve pushed yourself to chase that feeling?
For me it's an 'in the moment' feeling, once I'm looking at the surf. So I suppose traveling anywhere from 3 hours down south or all the way to Europe, it's the same feeling for me.
Surf is a very individualistic pursuit but with a lot of camaraderie. How would you describe the difference between being out there on your own vs. being out there with your mates? Do you have a preference?
It's always the best surfing with your mates. Very few of my mates surf back home.. well they surf but it's hard to get them out there sometimes because they don't get as excited over the little things as me. So surfing with your mates is the best thing ever. But I don't mind being out there on my own, I'm used to it. But at Bondi you’re never on your own.
Can you remember a time (not necessarily surf) when you’ve really pushed yourself, totally failed but you’ll never regret or forget?
Surfing you're constantly doing that. You might be filming or trying to do a certain thing and you try for hours on end and days even to get the right clip or wave but you fail and fail but in the end it's all worth it.
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Watch his latest clip Dabble below