We had the good fortune of connecting with Vanessa Yeager and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Vanessa, what do you think makes you most happy? Why?
Surfing makes me happy! Surfing makes me happy because it allows me to disconnect from it all, be present and in tune with mother nature. I feel like that aspect of life has been lost in today’s society with technology. It is so nice to get back to nature and it really is a blessing to be able to move and flow with the ocean. I feel it is good for your soul. I am a surf coach and to teach people how to flow and be present is what brings me joy. There is a moment in teaching surfing where the student gets it, they catch that first wave, they look back at me with a huge smile and in that moment I can see and feel their excitement. I live for this! That to me is good vibes.

Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I am a hard worker to say the least. I have always wanted to make surfing my life since I was a teenager. I think what sets me apart is that I went to college and became a Physical Educator all while surfing and pushing myself to get better at my passion. I am most proud of the group that I created Women Who Surf and I am excited about what the future holds for this group. I got to where I am today from nothing but hard work and dedication. I never gave up on my surfing dreams and used my degree in kinesiology and physical education to pursue becoming a surf coach and certified lifeguard. It has not been easy and it has had its challenges. I overcame those challenges by keeping a gratitude journal. I write in this journal every single morning and constantly remind myself of what I am grateful for. It starts each day off on a positive note and to me this is key. I have learned so many valuable lessons along the way from some great books such as the four agreements and the secret. These books have really opened my eyes to what is possible. I want the world to know that with faith and gratitude you can do anything.

Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
If my best friend was visiting the area I would take them surfing of course to Malibu! We would camp or stay at a nice hotel close to the waves. We would for sure go to Venice Beach and Santa Monica and eat at all the great restaurants in the area. Moas’s for sure in Venice and Cha Cha Chicken in Santa Monica just to name a few. We would people watch and maybe go to the drum circle at sunset and ride a few rides on the pier. After surfing we would venture in downtown LA and go to Olvera street for some authentic Mexican culture. I would take her to Hollywood and check out the Chinese Theater and the Hollywood sign as well as Griffith Park. We would check out the natural history museum and art museums. I would for sure take her on a few hikes and find all the cool murals for those photo opportunities.

Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I would have to say my group Women Who Surf. They have always been super supportive of me and my surfing and they have lifted me up when I am down and they always inspire me to keep following my dreams. When I started the group in 2014 it was a small group of women from Orange County, California and now it has grown to a global group of 23k women who surf.

Instagram: @vanessayeager @womenwhosurf_ @latinxsurfclub

Facebook: Vanessa Yeager

Other: Thank you!

Image Credits
Chaz Stamps

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