Tokyo Olympics 2020: Kiwi surfer Ella Williams eyeing gold at next year's Olympics

Surfer Ella Williams may have the best summer job of any kiwi Olympian preparing for next year's Olympics. 

With a gold medal in her sights, there's no better place to be based than the Whangamata Surf Shop. 

"I love coming back to Whangamata, New Zealand has my heart and Whangamata has my heart," Williams told Newshub. 

The Coromandel Peninsula town's an escape from the grind of the World Surf League, where Williams claimed her maiden title this year. 

But Shidashita beach, being used at Tokyo 2020, remains at the back of 24-year-old's mind.

"Being at the Olympics is the ultimate, it's the total dream," She told Newshub. 

"Getting a gold there is my dream and I'm going to make it happen."

"We all need to kick into gear and make the process for her as easy as possible," Ella's mum Janine Williams told Newshub.   

An Olympic medal in the sport's games debut would make Williams as recognisable around the world as she is in Whangamata.

She'd like to use any profile made at the games to push young surfers to follow in her footsteps.  

"I love just to meet young surfers up and coming that want to give me a hug and a hi-five and say you're doing well see you in the water catch you for a surf," Ella added. 

"It's pretty crazy, you get all kinds of people going up to you," Ella's brother Braedon Williams told Newshub. 

"We just know her as Ella but you get lots of people coming up saying oh that's Ella, She's pretty well known," Braedon added. 

Being back home is a great chance to take advantage of the conditions, which will be similar to those in Japan.  

"Training out here in small crappy conditions, I'll be finding the worst wave I can over summer."