Evie Johnstone - Cornwall, UK
Evie's dad taught all three of her siblings to surf at a young age. She grew up in England, so think wetsuits, rain, cold wet holidays to the coast and hot pasties, that kind of glamorous surfing, you know. Nonetheless she was still hooked, and to this day surfing has carved her entire life.
After Evie finished school, she took a one way ticket to Costa Rica alone at seventeen, no real plans, no plans at all actually other than to escape Britain and surf everyday. Costa Rica didn't disappoint and she ended up staying there for seven years doing exactly that. She competed on the ALAS tour for several years, and in 2012 came back to the UK to compete on the UK Pro Surf Tour. With some epic waves and a couple of wins, she won the tour that year, and at that decided that competitive surfing wasn't for her.
Surfing has always been something that is a form of meditation and stress relief for Evie, and her (ahem) competitive nature made contests quite stressful and she began to realise that she needed surfing to be her escape. There's nothing in the world that makes her happier.