What is your role in the Salty Souls Experience ?
I’m the photographer in El Salvador. I’ll try to turn into stills all the memories we are going to create, so that you can look back at your Salty Experience over and over again. I also will just be there, as a friend, as a good listener, to laugh, to have fun and to have interesting conversations. I’ll be there to share my passion for surfing, travelling and to enjoy life together.
What’s your background and how did you acquire those skills ?
Photography has been my hobby for the last couple of years. It kinda started when I was travelling in South America to improve my surfing skills, but a lot of times the waves were too big for me. Instead of being in the water, I would just sit on the shore, watching the others surf, trying to take good shots of their best waves and maneuvers; and like that I was improving my photography but also my surf skills.
Biggest challenge within the Salty Souls Experience ?
As a photographer my biggest challenge will be to put the atmosphere, the vibe into pictures. That whenever you look at the photos, you can feel/remember what it’s like to be a Salty Sister. As a person my biggest challenge might be to be with a group of beautiful women and stay confident. I know I’ve always been hanging with the boys more, because there are a lot of women that impress me so much that I’ll feel less confident. I really wanna be able to say to myself: ‘She’s beautiful, but so am I.’ instead of ‘She’s beautiful and how do I measure up to her?’
Ninja super skill people don’t know you possess ?
I’m not sure we could call this a ‘skill’, but people are always surprised by how long I can be out in the water surfing without having a break. When the waves are good, it’s like my body doesn’t need anything else than salty water, I will always be saying: ‘one more’, while hours are passing by.
Favorite place in the world ?
I fall in love with places easily. Everywhere I go I’ll find the good things about it, which always makes it hard for me to leave.
But at this moment the place that really stole my heart is a little village in the North of Spain, where the mountains are kissing the ocean and the people in the village feel like family. I’ve been working there for 5 summers now and every time I come back there I have this strong feeling of coming home.
What gets you the most excited in life ?
The easiest answer I could give would be: sunsets. It doesn’t matter where, how, with who, but seeing the sun go down, always makes me feel thankful for another beautiful (or not so great) day, it stops the time for a bit, stops my thoughts, it makes me feel alive.
What is the craziest thing you’ve ever done ?
If you would ask my friends, all of them would tell you another crazy story of me being way too drunk and doing weird, embarrassing stuff that I usually don’t remember. Alcohol isn’t my best friend, and ever since I accepted that, my life got a lot more boring than before.
When you would ask my mom, she would probably say that going on my own, as a 18-year-old blond girl, to South America without any plan, I just wanted to go surfing and learn Spanish, was the craziest thing I’ve done. And if you ask me, it might just be: chasing my dreams, because sometimes they were pretty crazy.