Nickname: Lil’ Tiger
Birthplace: Santa Ana
Current residence: Santa Ana
Favorite Athletes: Apolo Ohno, Michael Phelps, Lisa Andersen, Kelly Slater, Muhammad Ali
Favorite Workout Music: Gym Class Heroes’ “The Fighter”, Alicia Keys’ “Girl On Fire” and Psy’s” Gangnam Style”
Favorite Place to Shop: Lululemon, Sport Chalet, Target, any art supply store
Hobbies and Interests: Photography, Art, Golf, Hiking, Archery, Ceramics
Superstition: Black cats walking in front of me
Dream Job: I’m Living It!!
Favorite Books/TV Shows: No Regrets by Apolo Ohno, The Way of the Peaceful Warrior by Dan Millman, Fashion Magazines (Cosmo, Glamour, Lucky, Shape, etc). Favorite TV Shows: Person of Interest, New Girl and SNL.
Pet Peeves: Anyone picking their nose in front of me; a rude person; grumpy people.
Lucky charm or pre comp ritual: My tiger totem
Fave quote or inspiration: Have No Regrets
One thing people might not know about you? I sang the national anthem at a Angels v. Dodgers baseball game.
Do you have any special or secret talents? I can go “Around The World” with my yoyo!
How old we’re you when you started surfing competitively (or professionally)?
9.5 years old competing; 14 at my first pro competition at Honolua Bay.
2012 WCT Commonwealth Bank Beachley Classic Champion
2012 Telstra Drug Aware Pro Champion
2012 Swatch Girls Pro France Champion
2012 ASP Women’s Breakthrough Performer of the Year
2011 Estoril Surf Billabong Girls Pro Champion
2011 Telstra Drug Aware Pro Champion
2011 Sri Lankan Airlines Pro Champion
2010 Cabreiroa Surfing Girls Pro Champion
2009 U.S. Open of Surfing Champion
2009 ISA World Surfing Games Champion
What’s your first sports memory? Singing the national anthem at the Angels v Dodgers baseball game.
What do you love most about surfing? Every time I go out in the ocean to surf, I don’t know what to expect. The ocean is spontaneous like me. I love how surfing always challenges me.
Describe a perfect day. Waking up to the smell of coffee; eating bacon & eggs with hashbrowns for breakfast, hanging with my family and best friends at a bbq in the afternoon.
Can you tell us a little about the different styles of surfing? what’s your favorite and why?
Graceful: very fluid and smooth; Power: fluid but displaces a lot of water and tears apart waves; Progressive: constantly trying new tricks relating themselves to the skating world; Big wave: charging the biggest waves they can find; Hybrid: mixture of all styles fluidity,power and progressive. This is my favorite surfer to watch. I also enjoy watching graceful longboarders.
What kind of board do you use? Any other shoutouts for gear? I use Stamps & Jeff Bushman surfboards, Dakine leashes and traction pads, Sexwax and Toyota’s Tacoma gets me around to where I need to go.
Top health & fitness tips to help your athletic performance? Consistency, Commitment and Progression. Never focus on just one part of your body. Always focus on the whole body for workouts. For health, everything in moderation except for drugs. Never good to overdue anything that you do.
What has been your biggest competitive accomplishment so far? Future goals? Winning my first World Tour event at Dee Why earlier this year and being the U.S. Open champion at the age of sixteen. My future goal is to be World Champion!
What was the best piece of advice you ever received? From who? Believe in yourself and stay true to yourself. There are always going to be naysayers. Stay focused on your goals and never give up. Anything can come true with belief, hard work and courage. Jim Caviezel says this to me every time I see him.
Do you have any causes or charities that are close to your heart? I am an ambassador for B4BC (Boarding For Breast Cancer) and their Be Healthy. Get Active. Ride! campaign to encourage girls to do just that and have fun with it along with early detection. Since everyone is aware of cancer, this is one step further to call them to action and prevention. I am also a SurfAid ambassador. SurfAid focuses on improving the health, well-being and self-reliance of people living in isolated regions. I recently participated in a SurfAid contest in Malibu that raised $60,000.
Superhero or Princess? Who do you identify with most? Superhero for sure!
What makes you Pretty Tough? I am no talk. I am all action. My actions speak louder than words.
Complete these sentences:
Success is … being the best that you can be and putting it all out on the table with no regrets.
Happiness is … being comfortable in your skin, being who you are and enjoying life.
My greatest fear is … losing my family.
My biggest challenge is … conquering my dream of being a world champion.