- Ellie-Jean Coffey opened up about the horrific abuse she endured in the surfing industry
- The former pro surfer said she had to undergo “extensive, intensive therapy” to cope with the trauma
- Coffey launched an X-rated personal website, charging subscribers $10 a month for adult content
Former professional surfer Ellie-Jean Coffey shocked sports fans when she launched a personal X-rated website. Recently, she also opened up about the terrifying abuse she suffered in the surfing industry.
In an interview with News.com.au, the Australian adult star spoke up about what she endured before her career switch. Coffey initially thought she was “the luckiest girl in the world” after her dream of becoming a pro surfer came true, but this excitement vanished when she discovered the “darker side” of the industry.
“The abuse, both mentally and physically, I endured during my teenage years far away from home with adults in positions of power has haunted me my whole life. It was a pretty horrible time in my life,” Coffey said.
The 25-year-old model added, “I think people in positions of power tend to abuse that power, and I was only a young girl, and it’s taken me a long time to recover.”
As a result, Coffey had to undergo “extensive, intensive therapy” to cope with the trauma that she said almost pushed her to end her life. In the wake of the Me Too movement, the ex-surfer found the courage to open up about the dark phase of her life.
“I really don’t feel that anyone’s come forward and really highlighted the things about the surfing industry. It goes back decades, this misogyny and male-dominated industry — it’s really toxic,” the former Australian junior surf star said.
The former professional surfer said that managers and powerful people abused many other girls.