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How I Became a Surfer Girl
Waiting for waves in St. Augustine
Waiting for waves at St. Augustine Beach. I am wearing a rash guard not only to protect my stomach, but to keep the sun off my back.
My name is Laura Davis. Surfing has been a passion of mine ever since I stuck my toe into 60-degree water but decided to dive in anyway. My first surfing experience was in Niceville, Fla., located in the panhandle. I was in a borrowed full wet suit, and I'm pretty sure my nose turned blue, but I loved every minute of it. I remember sitting on the shore watching the sun peer through the winter-gray sky and thinking, "I could do this forever." That was November of 2000 and I am still surfing today. These pages are dedicated to that passion, to the women who surf and to just cutting loose and soaking up the sun.

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.

Looking for waves at Cocoa Beach
When you are sitting in the line-up waiting for waves, you have to estimate where the wave will break and try to be in the right place to catch it.

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.

Copyright 2003 Laura J. Davis
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