Today we are with Stephanie “Bruna” Schmitz, a surfer, born and raised in the small fishing community of Matinhos, Brazil. In 2003, Bruna became the youngest person to ever win a Brazilian pro-event and soon after, at the age of 14, she signed with Roxy.
Bruna is also the youngest Brazilian surfer to ever turn professional and she currently resides in the U.S.A.
If anybody was going to tell us how to tick surfing off their Bucket List, it’s this amazing lady!
- Who was Bruna before she took surfing seriously?
I was on my early teen years, just loving life and embracing every opportunity that came my way.
- When did you realise you could make a career out of it?
I was never really sure what to expect, I did it all out of love, and just followed my heart.
- How many hours a week do you have to spend in the water to be a pro?
That’s a tricky question. I see surfing as a difficult sport. I had put in a lot of hours and it was a slow progression for me at first, but I would say for my first 5 years I surfed every day two times a day so roughly 5 to 6 hours a day no matter the conditions.
- What advice have you got for people that can’t stay focused on their passions?
I would say embrace every opportunity you have to keep that dream alive because it would be devastating to lose your passion.
- What’s been the defining moment of your career?
Qualifying for the WLS back in 2009.
- What’s your favourite surfing spot in the world?
Uluwatu – Bali
What’s next on your Bucket List?
Go on a surf trip with my best friends Kelia & Monyca.
And that was that from Bruna, we were privileged to speak to such a big surfing name and would absolutely love to her have back. If you’d like to check out more of her day to day goings, go to http://brunaslife.com/. Alternatively, check out other stories from incredible people here.