Every surfer has a story and this is the latest installment of our Surf ATL Community Spotlight series where we will feature surfers and those part of the surf culture in the Atlanta area. Check out our previous spotlights on Thomas Roginsky, Spencer Broome, Anthony Kennedy, Nick Bramwell, the Merlo Family, Mike Dobbs, Kristian Erik Bjerke, Jamie Eichler, Doug Paul, Brandon Spivia, Robert Hanson, Liam Spoon, Eric Ilustrisimo, Susan Bond, Jason Smith, Garrett Gilfillan, Silvia Saey, Scott Mennicke, Tammie Dalrymple, Wes Espinosa, Peter Gudbrandsen, Kelby Graham, Kayvon Nazarian, Abigail Pierce, Clark Campbell, and Katy Harrison.
Hey! I’m Maggie Hastings. I’m 39 years old, a wife of almost 19 years to Robert, and a mom to Tyler who will be ten this December. We are a wake surfing family of three living in Cumming, GA.
Do you ocean surf, wake surf, river surf, paddle surf? Any or all of the above? How did you get into surfing? In Atlanta or somewhere else?
Robert and I started wake surfing the day we bought our 2016 Malibu 23LSV after ten or so years of strictly wakeboarding. Fast-forward five years, eight boards, a few lessons with pros, and one boat later, we try to get out to our usual spot on 6 Mile at least three days per week during spring/summer and a few times a month during colder weather.
What is your favorite thing about surfing?
My favorite thing about surfing is having a sport that everyone in our family enjoys — getting out on some glassy early afternoon water with some great music and friends is truly better than therapy!
What are your hopes for the Atlanta surfing community in the future?
My hope for the surfing community in our area is that the surf nights that Pull Watersports and The Boat Shop put on continue to grow and bring new people to the sport who may not have ever tried it. Seeing a new surfer get up and drop the rope for the first time is priceless!