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I have been surfing all over Florida from Pompano, near Miami, and Florida's Emerald Coast in the panhandle to famous spots like Sebastian Inlet. I grew up in Naples, Fla., where the surf is very literally non-existent - I mean you can hear the "lap, lap, lap" as the waves kiss the shore. But I started surfing as a freshman at the University of Florida, and I haven't stopped since.
Now it may seem weird that a girl's love of surfing would flourish at landlocked UF in Gainesville, Fla., but it did. My friends and I just made time for surfing whenever possible - which meant frequent trips to Crescent Beach, about an hour-and-a-half's drive from Gainesville, and occasionally Cocoa Beach, which is a little further away, but worth the drive. Cocoa boasts the best waves in Florida and has produced such greats as Kelly Slater and brothers CJ and Damien Hobgood.
But what really made me fall in love with surfing were two trips to Costa Rica. My trips are chronicled on the Surf Excursions page.