YOU CAN’T SAY SURFING IS LIFE UNTIL YOU’VE SEEN how mara lopez LIVES IT
The ocean is a force of nature. It is its own master. It is vast, powerful, and ever-rolling. To be able to play in it, more than appreciating its beauty and majesty, you need to learn to respect it and the life it holds. The waves are its heartbeat—and becoming one with it lets you stand on water.
As someone who’s been surfing since she was a kid, Mara Lopez recognizes this and has lived by it pretty much her whole life. The 26-year-old daughter of former Bb. Pilipinas Universe Maria Isabel Lopez got her first taste of conquering waves thanks to her father.
“Surfing is my first love—i’ve been doing it since I was six. It was introduced to me by my father Hiroshi Yokohama who also pioneered the first surfing school in the Philippines in the ‘90s. For us, it was definitely not just a sport. It was a father-daughter bonding thing,” shares Mara.
Although she’d competed when she was only 11, Mara confesses that she may have taken surfing for granted a bit back when she was young. Think the kind of love that’s always been there you tend to overlook it at times. That’s how it was for Mara.
“I only took being a surfer seriously around four years ago. My surfing journey kasi started as something I
would do with my dad, then it evolved into something that I would do on my own and I eventually found my own path in it,” Mara explains further.
Her love for the sea has never once waned though, and it has only gone on to influence her life choices.
“Sobrang laki ng respect ko para sa dagat eh. ‘Dun lumalabas ‘yung
pagka-environmentalist ko and I guess naghahalo ‘yung reasons why I became vegan and a surfer,” continues Mara.
The learnings she’s picked up from the sport over the years have also come in handy in her chosen career path as an actress. “As in surfing, in life there are going to be trials—there are a lot of wipeouts. Ako, I auditioned a