We had the great pleasure of interviewing Australian Beach Volleyball world champion U23, Mariafe Artacho del Solar, and to see her wearing a beach volleyball bikini from our designer Pepper Swimwear, the leading Californian brand of beach volleyball and sports bikinis.
As a teenager taking her first steps into Beach Volleyball, I am sure Mariafe Artacho del Solar never imagined she would have been a Beach Volleyball World champ at the age of 20 and could be representing Australia at Rio 2016.
It was a social match of Beach Volleyball with her brother that first gave Mariafe the taste for the game. She has never looked back, and is now a sensational player, who demonstrates superb passion and skill. A true credit to Beach Volleyball, and to Australia.
We were thrilled to find out a little more about this young superstar.
When did you start playing Beach Volleyball, and especially at higher level?
I started beach volleyball at the age of 11. My first World Championships (u19) was when I was 13 and have been playing for Australia every year since. At Junior and Senior World Championships, as well as World Tour events.
When was your first competition?
My first ever beach volleyball competition I played with my brother and his friends when I was 11 years old at Manly Beach. It was a social event, and we ended up winning it.
Why Beach Volleyball?
I started playing Indoor Volleyball at a very young age in Peru, following my sister’s steps. I also played basketball, athletics, gymnastics, swimming, soccer, tennis you name it, even Tae Kwon Do! But, I always loved volleyball and it was more of a natural sport for me than the rest. I moved to Australia when I was 11, tried beach volleyball and it was love at first sight!
How often do you train?
As a full time athlete I train every day from Monday to Friday, and occasionally on a Saturday.
What do you look for in a bikini to be suitable to play beach volleyball?
Comfort would be the main thing. As a beach Volleyballer and a defender we dive and run a lot around the court, so I want to be comfortable in what I’m wearing and confident that nothing will come undone or fall off, haha. I love bright colours so I’m always looking for a colourful beach volleyball bikini, and not so many lines to prevent tan lines.
What do you think about Pepper Swimwear and their beach volleyball bikinis collection?
I love the bright colours and their funky styles! Also very comfortable to wear!
How many bikinis do you have?
Too many to count..Have you heard of that meme that says “I have enough bikinis” said no one ever!
What is the biggest challenge of being a professional athlete?
For me, it is being away from family and my boyfriend. This is the hardest thing about being an elite athlete. Living away from them and always travelling around. As much as I love what I do, it’s always hard spending so long away from them.
What’s next for Mariafe?
Well..our National Tour just finished, so now we are preparing to compete overseas. Our international season begins at the end of this month and we’ll be travelling around Asia, Europe and USA.
Where is your favourite beach?
I love Australian beaches! Manly Beach of course where it all began. I also love Scarborough beach in Perth and I’m dreaming of visiting the Maldives, or even Whitsundays up north in Australia.
What is your most inspirational quote?
I love Michael Jordan’s quote – “I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life, and that is why I succeed”.
“If you want, you can”
I have a few, haha. I love inspirational quotes!
What is your favourite colour?
I love purple and turquoise!
Please follow Mariafe on social media on