16 Questions With Brisa Hennessy

Hello Lovely people,

This week I interviewed one of my favorite surfers growing up who I knew was bound to make the Championship tour one day and what do ya know… she did ;)

Hey Brisa, firstly i want to say a huge congratulations on making to WSL Dream Tour! Tell us about yourself, how old are you? Where are you from?

Hi Olivia! Thank you so much! and congrats to you on your blog! I am 19 years old and I was born in Matapalo Costa Rica. I grew up completely in the jungle off the grid until I was 9 years old, where my parents and i moved to Hawaii to help my Grandparents. I now live partially in Fiji and most of the time out of my suitcase while I travel around the world to compete. 

That doesn’t sound too bad at all! So when did you realise that this was your dream and who encouraged you to pursue this dream?

I think I realized this was my dream when I watched an old surf movie called 7 girls when I was in Costa Rica. I would watch this little girl named Carissa over and over again. When I moved from Costa Rica to Hawaii the same girl was all over the surfing world and this time not a little girl but a World champ. I also got inspired by my Uncle Gregg who is an incredible surfer and especially when he showed me all of his trophies when I was around 7.

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Wow! You’ve been determined since the beginning! So now that you’ve made it, What is your goal for this year on tour?

My goal this year on tour is to really just enjoy the experience, the moment, learn as much as I can, push myself and hopefully come out a better surfer and person. 

That’s a great way to look at it, I’m sure the whole experience is going to be so exciting and amazing. Which girl on tour do you look up to the most?

I look up to Carissa Moore the most. Her drive, her determination, her talent but most of all her genuine heart. 

Which wave are you most excited to compete at this year on tour?

I think I am most excited to surf Snapper. I have never surfed there before and to get a perfect right with one other girl is definitely a dream come true.

That sure is a dream come true! Not many people get to surf Snapper with one other person ;) haha! So tell me a little about being a ripcurl girl-How old were you when you signed with them and what’s the best thing about being a ripcurl girl?

I’ve been on Ripcurl since I was 13. They best thing about Ripcurl is probably the family feel and the love for the sport they have and share.

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Tell me a bit about your training when there’s no waves, what does that look like?

For the training side of things I have been working with my trainer Ingrid Seiple on resistance, endurance and strength training. My week is a training regime that is mix of these three things, which involves sprinting, lifting weights, bungees, yoga etc.

How do you stay motivated and inspired when you suffer a loss at an event?

Loosing is always hard but I truly believe it is what makes you stronger in every way. This last couple of months when I had a loss I have been in a mindset of “it wasn’t meant to be” and fully accepting the loss, moving on and having it fuel my fire.

What do you do in your free time (besides surf)?

If I am not surfing I am in the kitchen pretty much all day, experimenting, creating recipes and making every meal for my parents haha. Cooking is my other love and hopefully one day my dream is to open up a little coffee shop. 

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That sounds great… Next time you are in Barbados i’m going to have you come to my house and make me a meal! What is your favourite wave and where do you feel most at home? This can be a place, a wave, surrounded by certain individuals.

My favorite wave would be Lakey Peak, Sumbawa. My mom and dad are definitely my home and my rock and their presence in the most important thing to me. 

Where do you see women’s competitive surfing in the future and what do you think about the up and coming girls, do you think the talent factor is rising? 

I  see women’s competitive surfing in the future being over all more progressive and innovative. I think the up and coming girls are a force and such an important thing for the sport, so it pushes, elevates and progresses. 

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Who’s style and fashion most appeals to you?

I am not really into fashion and I am probably behind all the latest  trends haha but I would say my Grandma. Her style was so hip yet elegant and I always was so in awe of her.

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I love that. What about music? What do you find yourself listening to the most?

My favorite type of music is a picture of everything, I love old classics, pop etc.

Secret talents?

I wouldn’t say i have any secret talents but i do love making food for people and and hopefully making their belly’s happy. :)

What is your favourite quote?

“Breathe in the mountains, and breathe out flowers.”

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I really like that one! What advice would you give to girls on the QS (Qualifying Series) looking to qualify for the CT (Championship tour) in 2019?

It’s a marathon not a race. Remember to enjoy the journey, work hard, try your very best and everything will fall into place some way or another. 

Thats a great way to look at it. Wishing you the best of luck this year and I can’t wait to see your photos of all the cool experiences you are going to have. Chat soon!

Olivia

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