Holly's Open Road

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  • INTERVIEWED BY:

    Action Sports

  • INTERVIEW LOCATION:

    Palos Verdes, CA

  • AIRED ON:

    Other: Roadtrip Nation Action Sports | FuelTV

HOLLY BECK

Pro Surfer
International Womens Surfing

“When I was young, it was an escape, and it was a rebellious thing. It was like, ‘I can get away from my mom and what she wants me to be.”

INTERESTS:

Action Sports

THEMES DISCUSSED:

Determination Family Hard Work Negativity Passion Perseverance Societal Pressures

FOUNDATION:

Being Physically Active

TAGS:

old fashion, rebellion, respect, tradition

BIOGRAPHY:

  • Grew up horseback riding and dancing because her mom was “super old-fashioned”; Holly, in contrast, was a “super tomboy.”
  • Learned to boogie board; at age 12, wanted to start surfing but her mom discouraged her.
  • Her mom told her she’d never “get a boyfriend” if she was out there competing against all of the boys.
  • Says she never wanted to be “one of a million girls on the beach,” she wanted to be out there competing.
  • Whether she’s out surfing or in competitions, she says she does sometimes takes heat for competing against the boys.
  • In high school, beat five or six of her male classmates in a competition; they retaliated by throwing water balloons at her.
  • When she was young, says surfing was a way she “defined herself” as a separate entity from what her mother wanted her to be.
  • Says, “enjoy every moment; in 20 years you’ll be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did.”

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