Liz Willsey
Current Position?  
I work as a Physician Lead for the virtual company Rocket Doctor and as a GP for Squamish First Nation.
Education and work experience?  
I studied medicine and completed my GP training at the University of British Columbia in Canada. During this time, I also was involved in clinical research in melanoma/skin cancer at the University of Queensland in Australia.  
Medical interests?   
Improving safety and emergency response in big wave surfing; skin cancer.
Local surf spot? 
Gas Chambers on the North Shore of Oahu.
What is your favourite surf destination?  
I’d have to say my usual stretch of coast on the North Shore of Oahu is my all-time favourite place to surf.  A close second would be the North Coast of NSW, Australia. 
Travel experience? 
Australia / Indonesia / Costa Rica / Mexico / California / Hawai’i / Europe / Canada – Vancouver Island/BC & Nova Scotia. 
Best surf trip ever? 
Too many to list, but the coolest recent trips were a heli-surfing trip up to the Great Bear Rainforest in Northern BC and Puerto Escondido, Mexico. 
Worst surf trip ever? 
Indo 2013. 

Favourite surfer in the world and why? 
My current fav on the CT is Ethan Ewing; he’s powerful, progressive, and fun to watch. I’m also a huge fan of Torren Martyn … he’s just so stylish; everything is effortless, but he’s having a blast at the same time.

Current go-to surfboards? 
For longboard days – the McTavish Involvement, which I love in a few different lengths 8’, 9’4 and 9’6. I LOVE this pig shape and have been surfing the same McTavish shape in different dimensions for ten years. 
For big days – I really love guns shaped by Pat Rawson. I feel my new go-to is one Pat’s working on for my winter season – shaped by Pat & glassed by Jack Reeves in 9’10 x 21.5 x 3.5.
Pat Rawson has been such a big mentor and inspiration to me in the shaping community, I have and continue to learn so much from Pat, and I can’t thank him enough. 
Any other information you would like to add about yourself?  – In the last few years, I started shaping my own boards and am always keen to chat about shaping, board design, and surfing.  You can find my boards at Mariposa Surfboards –