Surf tips, being mindful and healthy eating.
Valenska, you’re from Munich, so how did you get into surfing?
It’s always been my dream to learn to surf. But growing up landlocked in Munich, Germany, and spending most of our family holidays beside flat oceans, I didn’t start to surf until I was 20 years old, on a gap year in Australia. I went to a surf camp on the East Coast and I stood up on my first wave, and from then on I was fully hooked. I ended up staying and working at the camp for six months, surfing as much as I could. Afterwards I went back to Germany to study, but used all my free time to go on surf trips and combined internships or study abroad with surfing destinations. I love to compete in surfing as well, and last year I represented Germany at the ISA World Surfing Games for the first time.
Where’s your favourite wave?
I love Lakey Peak in Indo. You have to wait a little longer for the sets than at some beach breaks with a lower swell period, but you get rewarded with such perfect waves, which allows you to practice turns so much better. I also love that the water is so warm, so you just wanna spend the whole day in the ocean, coming in only to fill up with lots of fresh fruit and water.
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