Big Wave War­rior Brit­tany Marie Go­mulka

Full time Craft Bar­tender and big wave surfer Brit­tany Marie Go­mulka has faced dif­fi­cult bat­tles in her pur­suit of big swells.

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Name: Brit­tany Marie Go­mulka

Age: 30

Location: Oahu

Oc­cu­pa­tion: Craft Bar­tender

Pas­sion: Big Wave Surf­ing

Noth­ing in this world com­pletes me more than surf­ing. It is the number one thing I am con­cerned with and even when I am out of the wa­ter, it is con­stantly on my mind. Just ask my friends. It’s all I talk about, even to my non-surfer friends. Some­times I have to sup­press my thoughts about the cur­rent swell, next swell, or my goals to surf the big­gest swell of my life. Now I keep a jour­nal to write about what the ocean is do­ing each day, and my thoughts/ goals about surf­ing. Do­ing this has brought me a great sense of clar­ity and wis­dom about the ocean and my favourite surf spots.

When you do things in your life that you truly love and en­joy, you can go through each day much hap­pier, health­ier and ful­filled. I love to in­spire peo­ple to live their best and fullest lives, and be­ing in my own happy place means I can pos­i­tively im­pact oth­ers who are search­ing for clar­ity in their lives. Liv­ing the life you want starts with mak­ing a con­scious choice to go after your pas­sion with your whole heart. It takes putting aside all of the ob­sta­cles, dis­cour­age­ment and neg­a­tiv­ity that life throws at us.

If I’d lis­tened to the neg­a­tive voices that tried to rea­son with me about my choice to move to Hawaii and risk life and limb surf­ing big waves, I wouldn’t have this hap­pi­ness and ful­fil­ment that I have gained by pur­su­ing my dream. When you truly love some­thing this much, there is no good enough rea­son not go for it. Some­times there is no right time, but at some point you should make a con­scious ef­fort to jump at makes you truly ful­filled.

I have been bat­tling chronic and per­sis­tent Lyme dis­ease for about 10 years now, after be­ing bit­ten by an in­fected in­sect called a tick. Fight­ing the dis­ease was an ex­tremely long and painful process, but I was for­tu­nate enough to cure my ail­ments. It’s truly a mir­a­cle that after re­cov­er­ing I have still been able to move to Hawaii to pur­sue my dream of surf­ing Waimea Bay and big waves. I have ac­com­plished a goal that I never thought was at­tain­able in my early 20s. Some­times tragedy is what forces a shift in your path to ul­ti­mately ben­e­fit your fu­ture, even in ways that you never imag­ined pos­si­ble. Keep fight­ing, be­cause your body’s abil­ity to heal is greater than any­one has per­mit­ted you to be­lieve.

After tran­si­tion­ing to big wave rid­ing I have a whole new set of goals. Now I’m ready for the next step, which is to surf other big wave spots like Jaws, Mav­er­icks, Nazaré, or any­where that pro­vides a great op­por­tu­nity for me to travel for a swell. In the mean­time, I will be sta­tioned here on Oahu, wait­ing pa­tiently for the up­com­ing sea­son or surprise swell, train­ing every day, stay­ing ready to per­form and liv­ing life to the fullest.

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