“Eliza and I were at the house one day and we might have been watching the last season of House Rules, and Eliza mentioned to Mum, ‘Oh, how cool would it be if Mikaela and I entered House Rules? And we managed to get this house renovated and wipe the slate clean and give it a brand new face?'" reveals Mikaela.
"Mum was like, 'Oh, that would be amazing.'"
“I don’t think she really thought that it would ever happen though,” adds Eliza.
But it did, and the sisters were definitely out of their element.
“We were both so clueless. We had honestly no experience whatsoever,” says Eliza.
“I feel like we kind of just jumped off the deep end and thought, ‘Yeah, we’ll be able to do this.’”
Although, going on the show wasn’t always easy for the sisters who had to swap their surfboards for hard hats.
“House Rules is amazing,” says Mikaela.
“But it didn’t stop me from having FOMO [fear of missing out] from competing and just being in the water.”
Both Mikaela and Eliza have been surfing professionally since they were 9 and are ranked in the top 100 female surfers in the world.
The girl’s credit all their success to their mum.
“She definitely invested a lot of time in our early career, and sacrificed a lot,” says Eliza.
“Mum was really the backbone of making sure we were able to follow our dreams and to see Mum walk into the house ... it was incredible.”
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