Osprey is pleased to announce the signing of South African born surfer, trainer and model Tehillah McGuinness to the team.

Having been born and raised in South Africa, Tehillah was lucky enough to have lived right on the doorstep of one of SA’s best surf spots J-Bay. Tee had a successful year at Boardmasters surf competition in Newquay and is targeting a top 3 finish in the Ladies UK Pro Surf Tour. This newest partnership will see Tee and Osprey working together to ensure that the wetsuits and hardware we design are ready for any level of action, even from the pros! You’ll catch Tee out in the waves with our latest wetsuit as she helps us develop our future suits.

Tehillah McGuinness stretching

We had a little catch up with Tee so you can guys can get to know her a little better.

Osprey: Did you always know you were going to be a surfer, or did you have some other childhood dream?

Tee: I actually wanted to be an Olympic long distance runner. I just loved running and my mom supported me every step of the way. She would wake up early with me before school, even when it was completely dark outside. She would drive next to me in the car so she could light the way with the headlights, while measuring my distance and time!

Osprey: What do you eat for breakfast?

Tee: My favourite at the moment is natural Greek yogurt, with a mixture of raisins, chopped banana and almonds. If I am coaching then I eat warm oats with honey and almonds. When I have a bit more time, (to eat a leisurely breakfast) I love to make poached eggs with wholegrain toast and fresh spinach. Oh and coffee...does coffee count as breakfast!??

Tehillah McGuinness diet

Osprey: What dream location are you yet to surf/explore?

Tee: Again...too many. Just when I think I have my top five list I discover new places. My main locations I really want to go to is Indonesia and a boat trip to the Maldives. It is long overdue now!

Osprey: What is your favourite surfing memory?

Tee: I have so many, but one that really stands out is one morning in Jeffrey’s Bay many years ago. I took my younger sisters and brother surfing at The Point and my mom was filming on the beach. It was one of those perfect mornings - Sunshine, small fun waves and my family with me in the water. Suddenly a pod of dolphins came up next to us and swam around playing in the waves beside us. It was such a perfect moment.

Tehillah McGuinness catching wave

Osprey: What kind of things do you eat and do to stay healthy?

Tee: I try to get a good mixture of carbohydrates, proteins, fibre, fats, vitamins and minerals in my diet every day. I make sure I drink at least 3 litres of water a day (depending on activity levels) and listen to my body. When I am hungry, I eat. I find protein shakes really help when I am having busy days, while on the go. I love fresh fruit and vegetables which we have in abundance here. Exercise wise I really enjoy Pilates, cycling and swimming.

Tehillah McGuinness at the gym

Osprey: What is your biggest success up until now?

Tee: Personally, I would have to say starting my own business 'Ohana Fitness and Surf' as well as shooting a few commercials this year.

Osprey: What’s the #1 most played song on your iPod / Spotify?

Tee: I am such a mixed bag when it comes to music. I don't have a number 1 at the moment. It really depends on my mood. I can go from chilled out acoustic, to pop(ish), rock, indie or blues to really up beat music before I surf so I can do a little dance next to my car while I get ready! Haha!

Osprey: Anything else you’d like to tell us?

Tee: I'm going to be running a series of Girls Surf and Fitness weekends around Cornwall this year for all levels and ages so make sure to keep an eye out for dates!