A professional free surfer for Billabong from California, Emi uses her sponsorship to facilitate surfing and participatory audiovisual arts workshops for ocean literacy with underprivileged youth in coastal communities worldwide through her nonprofit, Beyond the Surface ( and their alternative education curriculum, Coast 2 Coast ( Emi graduated from Georgetown University with BA in Psychology and concentrations in Anthropology and Justice & Peace Studies.




    San Diego, Califonia
    Astrological sign
    A safe space where love is infinite!
    Never leave home without
    My sketchbook, a pen, my camera and a banana
    Favorite surf spot when at home
    Tourmaline, Pacific Beach, California
    Favorite surf spot in the world
    Sweet little point break called Edava in Varkala, Kerala, India
    Coolest place you've ever been
    Foothills of the Himalayas on the border of Nepal and Tibet
    Describe your perfect day
    Wake up before sunrise, grab a granadilla (my most favorite fruit), my longboard (or swim fins) and head to the ocean with my love. Surf with friends as the sunrises. When we can no longer stand the heat, come in for an epic breakfast. Smoothies are definitely involved. Later, teach a surf class or facilitate a photography workshop, or other creative-learning project with the local kids. Reading in the hammock. Afternoon pineapple. Brainstorming session for a social good project in the works. Taking and editing photos. In the evening, make an epic dinner, hang with friends, bonfire at the beach, singing, laughing, and whispering wishes to the stars. Going to sleep full of gratitude and excited for the sun to rise again.
    Go-to outfit
    Bikini underneath, cover-up dress, bare feet. If it’s cold, definitely a comfy sweater is involved
    Bikini or one-piece
    When I was little I wanted to be
    A unicorn
    If I were an animal, I would be
    A unicorn
    My secret talent is
    I can put my hands together and make a train horn sound / bird call and discovering important people's direct email addresses... shh!
    Favorite book
    The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho
    My worst habit is
    When I’m excited about a creative project, I don’t know how to stop working on it.
    If I could eat one thing for the rest of my life it would be
    Granadillas. Definitely.
    Guilty pleasure
    An enormous spoonful of almond butter dipped in honey and cinnamon!
    Secret obsession
    Billabong backpacks… I love them so much!
    Songs on repeat right now
    Songs by Lord Huron, Wild Belle, Ali Farka Touré, and Peruvian reggae band, Laguna Pai.
    Pulls at your heartstrings the most
    The moment when I push a kid into a wave, they stand up, do a little dance, jump off their board (or wipeout), and come up to the surface, wiping their hair and the salt from their eyes, turning around, and looking back at me with this expression of pure bliss across their face, like Did you see what I just did?! I live for these moments.
    Can't live without
    The ocean and genuine relationships that make me feel infinite.
    Best advice I've received
    “Life is short, live it.”
    Beauty regimen includes
    The ocean
    Cat lady or dog lover
    Both, depending if the cat and dog want to be my friend.
    Who do you look up to most
    The everyday unsung heroes who do small things with great love.
    When not surfing, I'm
    Facilitating social advocacy and youth empowerment workshops, taking and editing photographs, and applying for funding.