Felicity “Flick” Palmateer Biography – Felicity “Flick” Palmateer Wiki
Felicity “Flick” Palmateer is an Australian professional surfer and artist. She spent her childhood on the beaches of Western Australia surfing with her father and two younger brothers. She competed in her first surf contest at the age of 12.
She is a former State Champion, Pro Junior Champion and ISA world finalist. In 2012, at age 18, Flick replaced World Champion Chelsea Georgeson on the 2012 Women’s World Tour.
The surfer is a two-time winner of the Drug Aware Margaret River Pro trials (2013 & 2016) and more recently, her performances in extra-large surf have pushed the boundaries of women’s big wave riding.
In 2015, Felicity became the female Australian surfer to tackle the remote West Australian reef break, Cow Bombie, a title that was previously held by Layne Beachley. The video of her ride became an entry in the Billabong Ride of the Year category of the 2016 WSL Big Wave Awards. In 2016 she finished 3rd in the first-ever Women’s WSL Big Wave World Championship held at Jaws, Maui. In 2017, she placed 6th.
Flick is a former winner of the Women’s Health “I Support Women in Sport” Award and is a three-time Australian Surfing Awards nominee (2015, 2016, 2017). In 2016 she was the sole female nominated in the Oakley Big Wave Awards.
Felicity Palmateer’s parents, both artists, encouraged and supported her twin careers of art and surfing. In a 2016 interview with Still Stoked, Felicity said that her surfing and art are related. She told Still Stoked: “I think the two go hand in hand. I don’t think of surfing as ‘sport’, more of a lifestyle and a type of art in a way. The wave is like the canvas and you are the artist. Each person will draw different lines on the wave depending on what they see. Also, I love the fact that no two waves are the same. The ocean is everything to me. It’s one of the reasons that I get up in the morning. I fell in love with the ocean and surfing. I don’t think that there’s ever been a surf that I’ve regretted. You always feel better afterwards. The thing that inspires me the most about the ocean is that it’s constantly changing and it’s the reason I get up in the morning – to see that.”
Felicity “Flick” Palmateer Survivor Australia 2021
The pro surfer competed on the reality TV series Australian Survivor: Brains V Brawn. She made it to the final three alongside political operative George Mladenov and pain researcher Hayley Leake. Hayley Leake was crowned the sole survivor on Australian Survivor: Brains v Brawn.
After the airing of the finale, Felicity wrote on Instagram: “WHAT. A. JOURNEY. Survivor now represents not just who I was but who I’ve become. I’m so proud of myself and my mental strength.
“I’m so grateful for my whole experience and to get an opportunity to play the worlds toughest game. Although my experience out there was very different to mosts I still found a way to take something from every experience, good or bad there was something to be learnt.
“As hard as the conditions were, I honestly loved it. I loved sleeping under the stars. The simplicity of life in the outback. No phones and access to the outside world. The incredible challenges and the social and mental side to the game. I also loved not looking in a mirror and worrying about my appearance and just letting my leg hair grow, that was liberating and empowering!
“As most of you know on day 34 while playing Survivor, I got a phone call from home that my Mum had passed away. Once I had been told that my Mum had passed away I felt a pain that I’ve never experienced before in my life. I made the incredibly difficult decision to stay but I knew that my Mum would have wanted me to stay and by me choosing to stay I was continuing to live for my Mum and honouring my Mum and the very reason I wanted to play Survivor in the first place which was for my family.
“Trying to process losing your Mum when your miles from home was incredibly tough but it also brought up a lot of other things as a result of her condition which I then started to process out there which was fu*ked. I don’t think there was one day from that point onwards that I didn’t have a major meltdown. I dug deeper than I’ve ever had to before in my life to sum up the courage to continue and perform under unimaginable stress and despair.”
“My favourite part of my Survivor experience was my tribe mates. All of them are incredible people and life-long friends. You guys have seen me at my most vulnerable, you were there for me when I had to make big decisions in life. I went through something very intimate with you guys and now the bonds that we have are so strong, something that I’ll be forever grateful for. Thank you.
“To the crew that have given me such incredible, sensitive and ongoing support, thank you. I wouldn’t have been able to continue if it wasn’t for your support. To the fans, thank you for watching, you guys are the best!
“I’m still trying to figure out what my Survivor journey meant to me but one thing I am glad about is that my journey has translated into something bigger than just my own, by raising awareness and funds for others effected by early onset dementia or FTD. Thank you again to everyone that has donated. I’ve been so touched by everyone that has taken the time to send me a beautiful message over the last few weeks, I’ve felt so supported and loved by you all. This is only the beginning of this journey and I endeavour to keep raising awareness for such horrible disease in honour of my Mum.
“And lastly to my family, friends, kiara and my partner mitch I love you more than words describe. Thank you for being a pillar of support for me in one of the most challenging times in my life. I’ve been through a lot in the last few months and I know it hasn’t been an easy road to navigate since I’ve been home. I’m definitely still processing everything and trying to find my way. Thank you for providing me with unconditional love.”
Felicity “Flick” Palmateer Age
She was born on 4 August 1992, in Perth, Western Australia.
Felicity “Flick” Palmateer Parents
Flick began surfing with her father, Warrick Palmateer, at the age of 6 near Perth in West Australia.
Felicity “Flick” Palmateer Partner – Felicity “Flick” Palmateer Mitch Ginn
The professional surfer is in a relationship with her long-time partner Mitch Gimm. In the final challenge of the Australian Survivor: Brains Vs Brawn, each of the final three contestants got a visit from two of their loved ones from back home, before they submitted to that pain. Felicity Palmateers’ partner and best friend visited the pro surfer. For Flick seeing her partner and best friend was clearly overwhelming.
“It’s hard to keep it together,” she said between sobs as she held them both tight. “It‘s hard enough being out here away from your family — and losing my mum while I’ve been here. All I wanted is the people I’m closest to for support, and not having that has been incredibly tough.”
Felicity “Flick” Palmateer Height
She stands at a height of 5 ft 9 in (175 cm).
Felicity “Flick” Palmateer Net Worth
She has career earnings amounting to $64,438. Her sponsors have included Billabong, Channel Islands Surfboards, Future Fins, The Surfboard Room.
Felicity “Flick” Palmateer Instagram
Her Instagram handle is @flickpalmateer.