Back in February we had the pleasure of meeting some really cool kids in Colombia. One of them was Yuri from Choco. After observing during the surf session it was clear that she had a passion for surfing. She wanted to keep trying to surf and ride the waves when most of the others had their fill. We get stoked to see females representing this sport.
Part of our event day included starting the Surf Club of Choco. Since they are now established they get to compete in all the competitions against other areas in Colombia. Being a part of this commencement was epic to say the least. Months after we left we got word that the club had competed in their first contest. For most of the kids that got to go to the event, it was their first time riding in a car not to mention flying through the sky in an airplane. Through surfing, these kids got to experience many things for the first time. That is the beauty of surfing! There are endless gifts.
After all of the new experiences the kids managed to pull it together to compete. They all did very well and especially Yuri. She got second place. She is the youngest competitor and representing Choco and doing very well. So far she has competed in two contests and gotten second in both. We all know it is just a matter of time before she is up on that podium in first place. We were curious about her thoughts and experiences since competing and sent over a little interview for her. Here it is:
STSF: How old are you?
STSF: What are your favorite things to do for fun?
Yuri: Surf and Soccer
STSF: How many years have you been surfing?
Yuri: 6 months
STSF: Who is your favorite surfer?
Yuri: Simon Salazar
STSF: How did it feel when Share The Stoke Foundation donated surfboards to your community?
Yuri: Very very happy, we didn’t have surfboards before and we wanted to surf.
STSF: What do you get from surfing?
Yuri: We get things like experience, lost fear, good dreams.
STSF: Why do you surf?
Yuri: I like it and I want to have a better life than now, to support my family and needed people in the future.
STSF: Please describe what surfing has given you?
Yuri: Travels, a surfboard, experience and new objectives.
STSF: Tell us about the surf competitions you competed in?
Yuri: Barranquilla was my first time. It was very good for me, not only to got second place but to know new surfers and in Santa Marta I discovered that surf is what I love.
STSF: What was your biggest lesson?
Yuri: I need to train a lot, to have discipline. I saw Claudia beat Jocelyn because of that.
STSF: Do you consider yourself a role model or leader? How or why?
Yuri: Yes, because in my community I’m focused on my sport and they can see it cause I like it very much.
STSF: Is there anything we didn’t ask that you want to share with us?
Yuri: Yes, please if you can support my dream to be a great surfer and if possible to my community too.