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.
Name: Brittany Marie Gomulka
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.