Holly's Open Road


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.”


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Experience Negativity Struggle Family Passion Desire Talent Determination Hard Work Perseverance Societal Pressures Failure Hobbies & Pastimes Choices Acceptance


Being Physically Active


  • 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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