I grew up in a family of surfers and athletes so it was only destiny that I too would become one. I learned to swim before I could walk, and stood up on my first wave at the age of 5. Needless to say I was built strong and sturdy, two things that later on in life the industry would tell me were wrong, not beautiful, and certainly not marketable. And a little later in life those same things the media saw as my weakness, I began to see as my biggest strengths, and ultimately became my purpose for my life.
I began competing at the age of 14 and went on to compete on the WQS (World Qualifying Series) of Surfing for Women. Despite never fitting the size "mold" the industry asked me to be, I still finished in the top 12 on the World Qualifying Series before I went on to begin my REAL passion I felt called to do: Promote size diversity, strength, self love and empowerment for girls and women. I didn't want girls and women to face the same pressures I saw happening all around me and to myself. I want us to grow up in a world where capability and strength outweigh the size of our bodies. Where beauty ideas are not a one size fits all image.
I have always believed in the power of surfing and athleticism as its where I have found my strength, my happiness, and learned to love my body - not for how it appears but for what it can do! I want to share this love and passion with other women in hopes that they too can find the beauty in their strong, capable bodies exactly as they come! We don’t t need to change the size of our bodies in order to accomplish anything; we need to change the way we think about our bodies!!