My name is Evie Johnstone, and I am a British surfer girl living a surfer’s life in Costa Rica. I love surfing more than anything; I draw my strength from it. In the ocean I feel like I am at home, wherever I am. When I’m not surfing, I’m thinking about surfing and dreaming about surfing. For me it is everything. Here in my blog I am sharing with you my lifestyle, my ambitions and the journey of someone chasing something that they really really want: the chance to be a professional surfer. After learning to surf with my dad at a young age, I always knew I loved it. I spent my teenage years at a boarding school far from the surf, only getting in the water a few times a year on holiday or on weekends out. Once I finished my final year, I flew out to Costa Rica by myself to find a life of waves surrounded by a community dedicated to surfing, like I was. The consistency of the waves here is incredible. Everyday you can surf. The weather is beautiful throughout the year, and the water temperature is constantly warm; for me it was like finding my dreamland. I have now been here almost five years, and have settled in Playa Hermosa, on the Pacific coast. From here, with my friend and business partner Nancy, we run surf camps and road trips all over Costa Rica, teaching clients how to surf and sharing our passion for the country and the waves. We set up our company Rica Surf in 2009, so we have been operating for just over two years now, and each day we love it more and more. We meet amazing people and share wonderful experiences, and we are so grateful for everyone that has supported us along the way. My surfing is so important to me. You can find me in the water for up to six hours a day. When I’m not surfing or teaching, I’m training either at the gym, at the pool or biking around the jungle haha. Fitness is a vital part of my lifestyle. I have a surf trainer that I train with four mornings a week, and he is helping me improve my competing skills and surfing ability as well as helping me out in all the other aspects of the sport. He has helped me compile a fitness program and a nutrition program designed to benefit my surfing, and the results are awesome. It’s a lot of work, but I love the training, and I love even more that it’s improving my surfing. Everyday I am learning something new, and there is no better feeling for me in this world than landing a new trick, throwing a huge turn or just surfing fluidly down the line; I am defiantly addicted! This year I will be competing in the Costa Rican National Circuit and the UK Pro Surf Tour, and I am looking to get good results in search of sponsorship to do major WQS events in 2013. Please feel free to contact me by writing on my blog, or my facebook page. Thanks for all the support and following, and remember that if you really want something, work hard, chase it down and get it!
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