The Com­mit­ment

Mak­ena Burke was born and raised in Ven­tura, Cal­i­for­nia, and at just 14 years-old she lives to surf.

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Ever since I was a lit­tle girl, I have been ex­tremely com­pet­i­tive. I have played count­less dif­fer­ent sports but surf­ing has al­ways stood out. There is some­thing dif­fer­ent with surf­ing that you don’t get from any other sport. It’s the feel­ing of some­thing new ev­ery day. With surf­ing there’s so many fac­tors that can change in the blink of an eye. That’s why I love it, be­cause it presents new chal­lenges with ev­ery ses­sion – whether it’s pad­dling out on a big day or learn­ing a new trick. You be­come com­pet­i­tive with your­self, try­ing to im­prove your surf­ing by over­com­ing those chal­lenges.

Be­ing a com­pet­i­tive surfer takes a lot of time and com­mit­ment. It’s hard for me, go­ing to school and surf­ing ev­ery day. Try­ing to fit in time to do home­work, spend­ing time with friends and fam­ily, train­ing and vol­un­teer­ing. It is also hard for my par­ents to drive me to and from the beach all the time, some­times spend­ing an hour in the car look­ing for surf. But, when you love some­thing as much as I do, you find time to fit it into your sched­ule.

“When you lo some ing as much as I d„, you find time t„ fit it int„ your sched­ule.”

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