KAYDI ARCHER

Nickname: None

Hometown: Fort Myers, FL

Local break: Fort Pierce Inlet, FL

Results: 1st place jr women’s shortboard, 2nd and 3rd place junior women’s longboard at Waterman’s Challenge. 2nd and 6th place junior women’s longboard at Sisters of the SeaJaxBeach. Circuits: NKF, TCST ESA, RJ Easter surf Fest.

Quiver: 5’6″ Sonic shortboard ‘Trippy Cat’, 5’7″ ChannelIsland weirdo ripper, 5’10” ChannelIsland tangent, two 9′ Tom Neilson longboards, one nose rider and one performance

Best KiteSurf Trip: El Salvador, April 2013 for a photoshoot with WSSM magazine

Longboarding when: Anytime and any wave

Skating when: I have some concrete, no waves, and time to kill

Paddle boarding when: I want to workout but the waves are flat

Yoga when: I’m feeling tired

Favorite food: Crab legs!

Favorite music: Trap music and alternative

Destination of dreams: Hawaii

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Saltwater runs through her veins….. At the age of 11, she took her first surf lesson. She stood up on the very first wave she caught, and it felt magical. Coming from a background of competitive horseback riding, this was a very big change for her. She has always been out on the water with her parents fishing, snorkeling, and boating. As she said: “But once you stand up on a surfboard, it’s like an addiction”. Kaydi started competing when she was 12, and loved the rush. In 2011, she broke her kneecap and femur from a bad fall. This kept her out of the water for eight weeks and in physical therapy for nine. It took a while for her to get her stance back to normal and to recover full rotation of her knee for popping up. After she got back into the groove of things, it was smooth sailing. Surfing has introduced her to her greatest passion, Surfers for Autism. This is where Kaydi has met the most wonderful people that she has ever had the pleasure of knowing. She travels to volunteer at as many events as possible. This talent beauty learned sign language from her first competition coach, then studied on her own, and now in high school. She feels so lucky to be able to communicate with the deaf children with confidence. Her last surf trip was to Puerto Rico for Surfers for Autism, where she got to explore the beautiful island and many breaks. She loved it so much and plans on returning. She has a birthday trip planned to Chicama, Peru in April. Then back to Cali this coming July. She loves to travel, meet new people, and see this beautiful earth and all it’s wonders. And she loves getting to explore it now wearing her new Costa bikinis :)

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