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Von: Chiba Age: 20
Birth Date: 02/10/1996
Birthplace: Chiba, Japan
Sponsors: Volcom, Bewet wetsuits, 3dimension Surfboard, On a Mission
What do you love most about being a pro surfer, and what’s the toughest part? I love that I can make many great friends every time I go on surf trips. The toughest part is when I lose a contest and have to switch my feelings and thoughts to prepare to surf in my next contest.
What do you think it takes to be number one? It’s important for me to be keen on surfing more than anyone in this world.
What is your motto in life? My motto is "God gives only the challenges we overcome".
What do you like to do during your down time (when you’re not surfing)? I like to painting and take pictures.
Do you prefer staying in and having a mellow movie night or going out with friends? I like to do both.
Out of all the places you have traveled to, which place stands out and why? When I went to Nicaragua for ISA contest, there were so many great waves!! I was surprised to encounter many insects I had never seen before like scorpions. And I was surprised I could not find any supermarkets there, not even convenience stores!
What is your go to meal the night before a contest? I eat Onigiri (rice ball)!
What is it like being a surfer in Japan? Surfing is not known to many people in Japan so I hope to become famous as a womens’ surfer here!
Which surf spots are the best? Lowers trestles is my best!!!
What are the challenges or perks of being a Japanese surfer? Sorry, I could not understand this question….
What makes Volcom Womens so unique? Volcom Women's is so unique because Volcom has made such stylish clothes that I've never seen before, I really love them. And Volcom has perfect team riders!! I love to be around funky, cool VOLCOM women and I would like to have FUN with everyone!!!