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