Entertainment TV Aussie child surfer Sabre Norris takes Ellen DeGeneres and the US by storm

Aussie child surfer Sabre Norris takes Ellen DeGeneres and the US by storm

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Degeneres – used to confident children – was stunned by the surfer's confidence.
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Sabre Norris, an 11-year-old Australian surfer who went viral after appearing on the Today show, is making an international impact after an interview with talk show queen Ellen DeGeneres.

Her appearance on Ellen comes after she made waves on the Nine Network’s breakfast TV show, in which she said she wanted to spend her surfing competition prize money on doughnuts.

Today hosts Karl Stefanovic and Lisa Wilkinson could be seen in fits of laughter as Sabre told stories, including one about her father, former Olympian Justin Norris.

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Sabre told Today that her dad was an Olympic bronze medalist in swimming “but now he’s um … pretty fat”.

She maintained her rapid-fire storytelling style with DeGeneres, telling the host her dad wanted her to be a swimmer but “swimming sucks!”

“It’s just really boring, you just watch a line, it’s just … not fun,” she said.

“If I want to be a swimmer [like dad], I don’t have to do any jobs, but if I want to be a surfer I’ve got to do this gnarly list of jobs,” Sabre said of her father’s request.

She revealed her dream was to visit Las Vegas because “there must be a buffet in every single hotel”.

“Like, you can get Krispy Kreme doughnuts for breakfast and lava cake for breakfast and crab legs for breakfast,” she said.

“When I win a world title and I’m rich, I’m gonna go there to celebrate and I’m gonna eat whatever I want for breakfast, lunch and dinner.”

Sabre screamed with excitement when DeGeneres surprised her by handing her plane tickets to Las Vegas and $500 spending money, as well as tickets to see Justin Bieber in Sydney.

The outgoing youngster’s appearances on Today and Ellen were not her first taste of the limelight.

She has an extremely slick website which boasts about her various media appearances, for example. A video of her performing a 540 skateboard trick has had almost 1.4 million views on YouTube.

Watch it:

Surfing prodigy

Norris was the youngest surfer ever to compete in the open round of the Sydney International Women’s Pro last month, and was ranked 25th out of 100 all aged surfers.

Fellow Australian surfer and six-time world champion Stephanie Gilmore told Surfing World in 2015 she was intimidated by the 11-year-old’s ability.

“I just hope I’m not on tour when Sabre Norris qualifies, because she is incredible,” Gilmore said.

Sabre’s website claims the youngster would love to one day represent Australia at the Olympics. Both skateboarding and surfing will be at the 2020 Tokyo Games.

The Newcastle native explained to DeGeneres that she gave $300 of her $500 prize money from that competition to her siblings.

The rest she planned to spend on doughnuts, however she ended up getting the junk food for free from the Australian outlet.

So what did she do with the remainder of the money?

“I brought my money here and I found this big Hershey’s Kiss, it’s as big as my head, so I’m going to spend it on that,” she said. “I found it in a candy store and it’s just sugar, fully just sugar.”

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