I started surfing at age 5 and never looked back. Surfing is more than a sport to me, it is my place of empowerment and where I am most connected to my self. I want to share this with other women. To empower each other through the practice of self care. I began competing at age 12 and began the Women's World Qualifying Series at age 17. My final year on the tour I was top 12 in the world. I did the best I could with the opportunity and sponsorships that I was given, however because I did not fit the “sample” size I was not given the finances needed to continue the tour. I could not train properly, I could not travel.  I had been told directly that I was an amazing athlete and beautiful woman, but if I could not go from a size 8 to a size 4, then the contract would not be available to me. I had tried everything, but my body simply was not built to be anything smaller than what it was, and if I wanted to continue surfing powerfully and with a strong mind I had to keep myself at my healthy size. From that I used being turned down into what eventually melded into my passion and goal today to break these discriminations  and boundaries. Not only for myself, but for other women with the same pressure to be something they are not.

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