Welcome to the Natreve interview series where we chat with some of our favorite people from our partners, to our employees, to our community.
Today we’re chatting with: Brisa Hennessy, World's top 5 surfer in the World Surf League, and Natreve Brand Ambassador.
Brisa Hennessy was raised in Costa Rica by her surf instructor parents. At eight years old she was transplanted to Oahu’s North Shore for her school years before spending chunks of her teenage summers in Fiji. Her transient childhood gave her access to some of the world’s best waves, where she fell in love with surfing and honed her style to be both powerful and smooth. With a smile always on her face and a perpetually positive attitude, Brisa worked her way up the Qualifying Series ranks and at the end of 2018 qualified for the CT. Hennessy immediately impressed in her rookie year and a third-place finish early in the season at the Corona Bali Protected was a real signifier that she could play a big role in women’s surfing for the next decade.
We sat down with Brisa to learn more about what inspires her, how she stays motivated and her favorite smoothie recipe!
Let’s dive in.
Who's your inspiration and what inspires you?
Anyone who isn't afraid to be vulnerable, kind, and fearless. The ocean inspires me every day. It reminds me that we are all just a drop in the ocean but equally as beautiful and powerful.
How do you stay focused and centered despite your busy schedule and pressure of competing?
It all comes down to my drive, my ''why'' and the feeling of love and peace that the ocean and surfing brings me. I find peace and calm when I take a step back and remember my love for what I do and why I do it.
What is your ''why" and your ultimate ‘now I’ve made it’ goal?
Being a champion in and out of the water, a fierce competitor but also deeply respected. I want to be known as one of the best surfers in the world but even more so a good human.
What do you consider ‘Eat Right, Do Good’ to mean in your life?
To me it means taking the time to take care and be respectful of my mind, body and soul, sharing that same love to others and most importantly our beloved planet.
What is your go-to fuel up breakfast recipe?
- 1 scoop of Natreve Vegan Strawberry Shortcake protein powder
- 1 cup of plant-based milk
- 1 frozen banana
- 1 tbsp flaxseeds
- 1 cup of frozen mixed berries
- 1/2 cup frozen mango
- 1 tsp to maca powder (optional)
What is your favorite training regimen that she doesn’t feel like a chore?
I think anytime I’m in the water and I get to work on my craft, it truly does soothe my heart and soul. There is something so healing about the ocean. Also eating healthy and making healthy food, that’s a big part of my release and sanity.
Where is your favorite place on earth?
Matapalo, Costa Rica.
What are your favorite Natreve Products?