Hometown: San Juan, Puerto Rico
Local break: La 8, San Juan
My ob is: Running a gym and training kids for gymnastic competition.
Quiver: 5´9 Chilli, 5’7 Raymond Dimension
Best Surf Trip: El Faro Puerto Rico, 2014
Favorite trick: Backhand Snap
Longboarding when: Shortboarding is impossible
Skating when: No waves at all
Paddle boarding when: Haven’t tried it yet
Yoga when: Stretching before and after sessions
Favorite food: Mexican
Favorite music: Rock
Destination of dreams: To many to list
For María, what began as a hobby quickly became a fascination. When she turned down an attractive job offer to coach gymnastics in the U.S., Maria realized surfing had become something she could not give up. Instead she focused on making things happen in Puerto Rico. She became a licensed massage therapist, and she used the extra income to open her gymnastics school. Her participation in gymnastics and surfing, as well as being a business owner, have taught her patience, perseverance and how to keep cool under pressure—tools uses to better her surfing every day.