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This Girl Had Her Wave Stolen By Tony Abbott So She Threw Some Epic Side-Eye

"Only in Australia can you get dropped in on by the former prime minister."

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Queensland Year 12 student Ivy Thomas was out surfing this Easter long weekend when former PM Tony Abbott dropped in on her wave and her reaction was PRICELESS.

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Thomas told BuzzFeed News she was at the end of a family holiday when she went out on Monday: "I live on the Gold Coast and was up in Noosa for the long weekend for the family. I walked around to Tea Tree (beach) by myself and I paddled out."

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"I was speaking to this local who said that Tony was on the beach. And there he was just sitting there on his board!" Thomas said.

Instagram: @ivythomas_

"He dropped in and I kind of didn't know how to react. I was expecting him to be way worse but he could actually surf. Only in Australia that you get dropped in by the former prime minister."

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Thomas said the former PM was a "total legend" out in the surf and was really getting into it.

"He was cheering people on. Even the little groms*, Tony was cheering them as they caught waves," she said.

(*groms = 'grommets' which is a slang term for young surfers).

"He was just a normal person. A normal surfer. It was the best thing ever."

Thomas laughed when asked about what she thought about Abbott as a politician.

"Well I'm only 17, so any time he comes on, I sort of say, 'that's not about me'," she said.

"But I thought it was awesome he was out there having a good time. I have more positive feeling towards him. I didn't mind sharing a wave with him."

Mark Di Stefano is a media and politics reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in London.

Contact Mark Di Stefano at mark.distefano@buzzfeed.com.

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