When did you start surfing?
When I was 17, I learned how to surf on a family vacation to San Diego the summer before my senior year of high school. I’m from Olney, MD where the closest beach is 3 hours away, but I was hooked. So, I only applied to colleges near the beach that way I would be able to surf. I really got into it when I moved to Myrtle Beach, SC for college.
Why did you start surfing?
I had always loved the water and am a really athletic person. Surfing was a great way to combine both. Plus, I love the feeling of riding the waves. I find surfing to be challenging at times, but a ton of fun. I love surfing, because every wave and ride is different. Every wave is an opportunity to try something new and push yourself to your max. To me, surfing is like life…you have to keep paddling to get out there and you have to take chances to get better! You may wipe out, but it’s whether you flip your board back over, get back on, and paddle back out that matters!
Shortboard or longboard?
Shortboard! I began surfing on a longboard and have been working my way down smaller and smaller ever since.
Where is your favorite place to surf?
In San Diego, it’s currently Crystal Pier, but I’m still exploring new spots. I will always love Assateague Island in Maryland though!
Who is your favorite shaper?
Soon to be me! Haha….I’m going to start shaping my own boards.
Has anyone influenced your surfing?
My Mom. She is the one who introduced me into surfing.
Where have you traveled to surf?
Up and down the East Coast, Hawaii, and California. Can’t wait to travel to new places to surf!
Have you surfed competitively? If so, what kind of results?
I actually just surfed in my first competition last month. It was at Crystal Pier, and I registered for the competition 10 minutes before the heat started. It has always been on my list of things to do in life. I saw my opportunity and took it! Will probably do it again, but next time with more preparation.
How does surfing affect you?
It has made me move across the country, have wet hair a lot, develop good arm muscles, build confidence in my abilities, and pushed me to be fearless both in the water and in life.
If you were to tell a newbie some advice, what would it be?
Just keep trying. Surfing takes practice. Most people aren’t going to get on a board and instantly surf like a pro. Learn surf etiquette and have fun!
What's the weirdest thing you've experienced or seen while surfing?
I just saw a whale a week ago while I was out surfing which was really sick. It’s not really weird, but the day I graduated from grad school, I went surfing in my cap and gown. Couldn’t think of a better way to celebrate, and it made a nice graduation picture.
What's on your iPod?
Just about everything…but it has to have lyrics. For some reason, I’m not really of fan of music without some sort of lyrics in it.