“Where is the line drawn between being successful as a surfer and being successful at being pretty? My biggest thing is, I want to prove to girls that athleticism is pretty. Confidence, charisma and character will outshine beauty as “beauty” is so often defined.”

—COCO HO

“I feel like it’s coming around full circle now, where people don’t care as much about looks. To me, as long as you’re focusing on your surfing and your passion and what you’re trying to accomplish, that’s what matters.”

—MALIA MANUEL

“Growing up surfing with boys all of the time has definitely made me a better surfer.”

—NIKKI VAN DIJK

“I love to watch the ladies surf. Obviously it’s a lot different, but I like to see the combination of femininity and aggressiveness in women’s surfing. It’s beautiful. It’s super graceful.”

—TIA BLANCO

“This is the absolute best time to be a female professional surfer. I grew up watching Megan [Abubo] and Rochelle [Ballard] and it was a different story for them. It was a lot harder. They laid all the groundwork for us to reap the benefits. Now the prize purse is big and we can make a good living; but those girls worked just as hard as any of us and they weren’t rewarded on the same level.”

—COCO HO

“Being on this trip is a dream. These girls are the best role models I could have. When I was 12, I went and asked for Coco’s autograph at a surf contest [laughs]. They’ve pushed me so much this past week. If you would have told me back then I’d be here today, no way I’d believe you.”

—TIA BLANCO

Special thanks to Sunsail for making this trip a possibility. For more information about booking, visit sunsail.com.