Can you share with us how you first got into surfing and what drew you to the sport?
Paula: Growing up, I spent carefree days playing naked on the beach. With my grandad as a lifeguard and my mother's profound love for the ocean, it was only natural for me to find my way into the waves. As I got older, I transitioned to surfing, initially sharing those early experiences with my mother.
What is it about surfing that keeps you coming back for more?
Paula: It's all about the fun and the good vibes. The joy I find in surfing is what keeps me hooked.
How would you describe the feeling you get when you're out on the waves?
Paula: It feels like everything is going to be okay, no matter where life takes me. There's a comforting reassurance in the rhythm of the waves.
What role does surfing play in your life? Is it a hobby, a passion, or something more?
Paula: I can't neatly define it. It's more than a hobby or a passion; it's an integral part of my life. I couldn't imagine my world without the ocean.
Are there any specific challenges you've faced as a female surfer, and how have you overcome them?
Paula: Both male and female surfers face challenges, and frustrations can come from any direction. Surprisingly, I've experienced a lot of friendliness as a female in the water. Of course, there have been tough moments, but they don't define my experience.
How has surfing influenced your overall mindset and perspective on life?
Paula: Surfing has opened my mind to the wonders of life, especially ocean life. It's a realm filled with magic, life, and high vibrations that I can't fully comprehend.
Can you tell us about any memorable experiences or moments you've had while surfing?
Paula: One unforgettable experience was last summer. Everyone had left the water as it got dark, but something urged me to stay. The moon illuminated the water, and then the magic happened—bioluminescent plankton lit up the waves. Every touch felt like a connection to life and light.
What advice would you give to other women who are interested in taking up surfing?
Paula: Just do it. Take your time, savor the moments, smile on the water, and don't hesitate to ask for help. You are a light—dare to shine.
Have you noticed any changes or advancements in the surfing industry that have been beneficial for female surfers?
Paula: Absolutely. There's a noticeable increase in the number of female surfers and a growing sense of community among women in the sport.
How do you think surfing can empower women and promote gender equality in sports?
Paula: When a sport makes you feel confident and good, it naturally empowers. As we empower ourselves, we create a ripple effect, fostering equality in sports. Feeling good has the power to uplift each other, breaking down barriers in the process.