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Name - Nicole Grodesky
Age - 26
Hometown - Saint Augustine, Florida
Sponsors - 100% soul surfer
Stance - Goofy
Shaper – Various
Surfboards –  Nezzy 5'6" x 18 5/8 x 2 1/8 Swallow, Channel Islands K-Board 5'9" x 18 1/8 x 2 3/16 Diamond,
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5'10" x 18 x 2 Squash

Nicole Grodesky Story & Interview conducted by Kyla Langen in Carlsbad, California

nicole grodesky surf video clipWith the recent fall of our nation's last core women's surf magazine, JettyGirl felt it appropriate to shed some light on the shadowed underbelly of female surfing. April's subject, Nicole Grodesky is no stranger to the truth behind the scenes, and is far from hesitant to share her thoughts on the matter. Bred in Saint Augustine, Florida and currently residing in San Clemente, the ex-pro surfer, picture taker, student, and table waitress makes bold claims regarding the male dominated industry. Filtering her anger through a lens, Nicole hopes to communicate her ideas and emotions to the world via photographs. She is working diligently toward a college degree, aspiring to sell her possessions and travel the world with a surfboard and a camera. Listening closely to her heart, she conquers her fury with laughter and seeks happiness wherever she goes. Read on as the ripping goofy footer speaks her mind.

Kyla: Does it flatter you to no end that Holly Beck recommended you for April's JettyGirl?
Nicole: Yeah, of course, that's really cool. We kind of have a history - some good, some bad, but she's a good friend. She always wants to see her fellow competitors succeed, which is cool.

KL: Florida transplant, ex-pro surfer, student, photographer…what's your deal?
NG: Yeah, I've always been a competitor, love sports, and the ocean, so it all just came together with my swimming background. I saw people surfing and knew I wanted to do that. So I picked up a surfboard and my life pretty much changed right then, like most surfers I guess.

KL: When and why did you leave Florida?
NG: After high school I did a semester at Daytona Beach City College, they're known for their photography program. So I checked that out for my mom, but realized my heart wasn't into it. I wasn't focused. So I moved out to California 'cause that's where my heart was, and the rest is history.

KL: Fill us in on the history…
NG: Well, I decided I wanted to be a pro surfer. I'm kind of an all or nothing kind of person, so I trained, I swam, I biked, I ran… I was living with another aspiring pro surfer, Layne Harrison, and he coached and pushed me, which was a blessing. I just tried to push my limits, and freak myself out trying to do stuff I never thought I could do, get it out of my system basically. So fortunately I was able to do that in San Diego, surfing South Mission Jetty and Sunset Cliffs, and scored you know, without going to school and waiting tables at night. I took full advantage of my surroundings, because I came from a place where it wasn't consistent, it was hard to work on your skills.

KL: So you became a pro surfer?
NG: Yeah, it was a slow start. Coming from the East Coast I didn't really know what to expect, or even what it really meant to be pro. At first it was all about surfing and getting good waves. So I started doing local NSSA contests to see where that would take me. My first season I did okay, and by the second season I won 4 out of 6 comps in the Explorer, which was a record at the time. People started noticing once I started beating Holly really. One way to get anywhere in any sport is to beat a household name. So that enabled me to get some sponsors so I could go out and do pro contests, the WQS.


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