Australia's hottest young surfer has turned to tennis superstar Ashleigh Barty for training tips as she prepares to graduate to the pro ranks.
Central Coast teenager Molly Picklum is the country's top-ranked junior surfer and eager to tap into Barty's experience and professionalism after joining the world No.1's management stable.
Along with fellow surfer Tyler Wright, Picklum took on Barty in a "land v water" challenge on the Gold Coast this week following a fitness session under Pat Rafter's guidance.
Earmarked as the next Stephanie Gilmore, Picklum said it was nice to drag land lover Barty out of her comfort zone but also a real eye opener seeing the grand slam champion in full flight during a hearty training session.
"Being able to watch Ash is pretty special. She's an absolute professional in everything she does and has been so nice to me," Picklum told AAP.
"I'm young and am very aware that I have a lot to learn. I actively try and find opportunities where I can keep learning and improving.
"I'm learning a lot from Ash about how she manages all the parts of being a professional athlete and (how she) finds a good balance.
"From a performance standpoint, I get to watch someone who is the best in the world at what they do. She's also a legend of a person."
Based on this year's WSL rankings, which are frozen due to the COVID-19 pandemic, 17-year-old Picklum is in line to qualify for the 2021 Championship Tour.
Australian Associated Press