Birthplace: Ojai, CA
Current residence: Ventura, CA
Favorite Athletes: Sally Fitz is pretty darn amazing. She is a true athlete, dedicated to training, becoming the best at her sport while having the most infectious, kind attitude.
Favorite Sports Moment (as a fan): When I was in Portugal two years ago, Portugal won some Soccer world cup and the whole country was driving around partying, honking their horns and celebrating. It was chaotic but amazing to see the passion in people and the belief behind their country’s team! I want to make America and California that proud one day.
Favorite Workout Music: Alternative jams. I love to listen to lyrics that I can relate to or that inspire me.
Favorite Place(s) to Shop: O’Neill Girls online!
Hobbies and Interests: Photography, journaling, running
Superstition: I put my hair in a bun every heat I surf.
If I wasn’t a surfer my dream job: Something involving fashion or broadcasting
Favorite Books/TV Shows: Vampire Diaries
Pet Peeves: Dirty windshields on cars
Lucky charm or pre comp ritual: I pray before every heat.
Special or secret talent: I’m just me.
Fave quote or inspiration: Where you put your love, you put your life!
One thing people might not know about you? I thank Jesus everyday for what I have in my life…
Do you have any special or secret talents? I love to doodle/draw.
How old were you when you started surfing competitively (or professionally)? I started competing at around 14 or 15.
2012-Pantin Classic Champion
2012- Super Girl Pro Champion
2012-Qualifies for the ASP Women’s World Tour!!
2011-4th place ASP World Qualifying Series (WQS)
2011-2nd place Swatch Girls Pro, France
2011-2nd place Drug Aware Pro, Margaret River
2011-5th place Billabong Girls Pro, Portugal
2010-US Open Pro Jr. Champion
2009-ISA World Team Champion (USA)
What do you love most about your sport? I love that surfing is worldwide. I’ve been so fortunate to have traveled to so many exotic places thus far and experienced some of the most amazing cultures. I’ve seen the richest of richest to the poorest of poorest and oftentimes the joy I see the poor have gives me hope each day to be grateful for what I have and to give back to those in need. Traveling becomes a journey, a life journey and learning curve. Its’ shaped me to be who I am today.
Describe a perfect day. I’d be at home, waking up early, drinking coffee with my Mom then off for a surf or two with my brother Noah. I like spending time reading in Barnes and Noble and maybe going to the gym or attending a Bikram yoga class. Closing off the day with some photography at sunset, or journaling on top of the hill overlooking Ventura.
Can you tell us a little about the different styles of surfing? What’s your favorite and why? Style is what makes a surfer unique. It’s a personality of the ocean, giving it beauty and character! Style means a lot to me, it’s a bond between the surfer and the actual wave.
You and Coco Ho were classmates at Sunset – are you still friends? Are you competitive?
Coco and I sat by each other in fourth grade. I was new to the school and new to Hawaii. We became great friends and often surfed together. We still do now on the World Championship Tour. It’s really cool to look back before the competitive surfing success and remember how much fun we had growing up and loving the ocean.
Favorite surf spot and why? Central Coast, Australia.
What kind of board do you use? Any other shout outs for gear? I use Al Merrick’ boards, Channel Islands warehouse is only about a 15 minute drive away from my home so I’m really blessed to be so close to my shaper! They make some of the best boards in the world and I know my equipment has really made a difference these past few years on tour.
Top health & fitness tips to help your athletic performance? Find an exercise that you have fun doing. I think that’s huge for me since surfing is such a workout in itself. I think diet is huge! I’ve noticed that if I’m not working out or surfing, what I eat controls my moods and energy levels. I’m a pescatarian, only eating fish as my meat substance and I feel a healthy diet dictates your day quite a bit!
What was the best piece of advice you ever received? From who? Read your bible, my Mom.
Do you have any causes or charities that are close to your heart?
This year I’ve come on board as an ambassador with B4BC to help promote early detection and health awareness about breast cancer to young women. I believe in their vision because breast cancer is one of women’s biggest health concerns around the world. Preventive maintenance is so important and living an active and healthy lifestyle can make a difference. I hope that with the amount of travel I do I can help spread the great news that B4BC puts out there.
Superhero or Princess? Who do you identify with most?
Superhero! I want to fly and help others.
What makes you Pretty Tough? Living out of a suitcase 10 months out of the year on the road!
COMPLETE THESE SENTENCES:
Success is … reachable when sacrifice and dedication is committed.
Happiness is … the fruit of life.
My greatest fear is … failing.
Photo Credits: Robert Staley, O’Neill Girls