Holly Beck Story &
Interview conducted by Kyla Langen in Carlsbad,
and well educated, Holly Beck is helping break
down surfer stereotypes and legitimize women in
sports. Her stint with television has helped bring
both herself and surfing into the mainstream.
Ms. Beck is a bone fide globe trotter, recently
filling her passport and getting 64 new pages
to fill. An interviewer's dream, the camera savvy
Scorpio offers knowledgeable responses and displays
true passion for the sport of surfing. Yet despite
immense media attention, Holly is humble, claiming
to still be the dork she was in high school. Down
for adventure and ultra competitive, the honest
Californian is never afraid to offer encouragement
or call you out. She's rad, she's famous, she's
Kyla: Alright, give us the
basics... Holly: Holly Sue Beck. I'm
25 years old, I'm a Scorpio, born October 27,
1980. I grew up in Palos Verdes, now live in Redondo
Beach, California. I Graduated from UC San Diego
with a degree in psychology in 2001, and now I'm
cruising, doing the WQS.
KL: Do you know how many
results come up when you plug "Holly Beck,
surfing" into Google? HB: I don't. I don't at
KL: 58,600 results. HB: Heavy.
KL: How did you get so popular? HB: I don't know. Well,
a huge thing was that Boarding House TV show...
But it's funny, I was never popular growing up.
I was the biggest dork in school, super low self
confidence, never wanted to hang out. And I am
a dork still, but people seem to think otherwise
for some reason, which is very strange. That TV
show had a lot to do with it. It ended up airing
all over the world later on.
Like I was eating breakfast in
South Africa about 2 years after the show aired
at home, so all the hubbub had kinda died down
and these girls were staring at us. And I was
like "dude, why are these girls staring so
hard?" And my sister was like "they
probably know you from the show," and I was
like 'no it wasn't here' and they came over and
yep, that's what it was, after the fact it ran