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PRO V PRO: Tennis player Daniela Hantuchova after a surfing lesson from pro surfer Julian Wilson at Coolum Beach.
PRO V PRO: Tennis player Daniela Hantuchova after a surfing lesson from pro surfer Julian Wilson at Coolum Beach. Iain Curry

Daniela enjoys the summer heat on the beach.

TENNIS pro Daniela Hantuchova swapped the heat of the hardcourt for the soft sand and cool waters of Coolum, and a private lesson with surfing pro Julian Wilson this week.

The conditions were less-than-ideal at Wilson's home break, but the world tennis number 32 persevered with her patient tutor for around an hour, managing to stand up briefly just once before emerging from the waters with a big smile and the satisfaction of trying something new.

"It was a lot of fun," she said with a laugh. "One more hour and it would have been great."

It was only her second time on a surfboard, but she jumped at the chance to get out and try a new sport.

"I think it's what we are built for, and made for and ready for, and just being out here is so nice."

And what appeals to her about surfing?

"Ahh, good looking boys," she said with a laugh, "and just being on the beach, looking at the waves, and just being relaxed, very chilled, and just completely taking my mind away from tennis".

Hantuchova from Slovakia was at Palmer Coolum Resort on a working holiday, preparing for the Brisbane International and the Australian Open.

Having left subzero temperatures of home just two weeks ago, and touching down to blistering heat locally, a chance to enjoy the cool surf was a no-brainer.

"It was pretty brutal, coming from Europe we had minus 10, and it took us a few days to get used to it, but I got over it now and I'm feeling good," she said.

"If I had more time I would be spending every day on the beach but, you know, I still have to wait for that after I finish my career."


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