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Interview with Free Surfer Karina Mattos

Hi Karina, I am really glad that you have agreed to interview with me.
I am happy to do it!

what are your biggest difficulties as a female bodyboarder?
Get sponsors to go around doing free surf also get respect in the water being a brasilian women First i must show that i can take off on the sets and make the drop and second that i wear small swimsuits because i´m brasilian and it's cultural ..i´m not a prostitute and i like respect! bein alone ...is hard somethimes too ...:)

Tell me a little bit about your style of surfing?
I like free surf because i can surf for passion and then when this happens you can be an inspiration for people and people can be inspiration for me. Surfing is not a competition it is a the feeling you get...inspiration for the soul!

What are your favourites surf spots?
I love all the best barrels in the world ..all i have surfed and all that I still want to surf like tahiti, phillipines, maldives ...

Any favourites trips?
Yes ...Hawaii, Mentawaiis, Malaysia (people), Sumba and Roti

tell me some funny stories?
People always call me crazy because i like to drop into crazy waves ...and maybe some boys are afraid of me because of that :)
But i´m just a normal woman , just crazy to have a dream were sometimes i can count just on me.

what are your future plans?
Have a sponsor who supports me in my goals, that are good board, good fins, and money to do the tour Hawaii- Tahiti - Indonesia - Brasil every year ...have a nice boyfriend who loves me and my life style:)

Favourite Bodyboarders?
Neymara Carvalho and Mike stuart

You are from Brazil what are your favourite beaches to surf in Brazil?
Itacoatiara RJ , Saquarema-RJ

When you were in Bali where did you like to surf?
Uluwatu and Padang Padang when it's breaking.

If someone wants to learn bodyboarding, what is the first thing they should have?
wish- first , be persistent -second and dont be shy, because everybody has experienced those early learning days.

Tell me about your life history
I started bodyboarding at 21, grew up in the country side of Brasil 500km from the beach ...in a historic city ...no surf, no waves...and no surf culture and industry , now I am 32 ,
and I´m always traveling and promoting tourism in articles or helping people any way i can and when i´m at home ( parents ) i do some house work ...i also visualise some events and at the moment working on my new web site .

Thank you Karina,
I know that you are an inspiration to women surfers around the world.

Thanks so much Somjai!

"You can be a spectator, or you can go and do it" Karina Santos Mattos

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