By NATALIA HAWK
You’re going to have to remember the name Quincy Symonds. Because it’s bound to become a household name – just like the names of our most famous Australian athletes.
You see, Quincy is a six-year-old girl that lives on the Gold Coast in Australia. And the experts are saying that she is the best six-year-old surfer they’ve ever seen – that she’s going to do big things one day.
If that sounds like a lot of pressure to put on the shoulders of a six-year-old, don’t worry. Quincy doesn’t care what other people think of her – she just cares that she gets to go surfing everyday. When she can’t go surfing, she goes skateboarding.
And she’s amazing at both of them. Take a look at the video – seeing her shred the waves is bound to make you smile:
In case you can’t watch the video – Quincy was inspired to start surfing by her father, Jake, who passionately loves the ocean. Jake takes Quincy surfing whenever he can, but she also has a coach to help out when dad is away for work.
Anthony Pope is Quincy’s coach, and in the video he says that she “has no fear”: “She has incredible balance and her ability to judge the conditions and adjust is at a level I’ve never seen in someone her age.”
It helps that Quincy has a custom-build mini pro board, a little life-vest to help her out when she needs it in the bigger surf, and a few sponsors already on board to help her along the way.
The most amazing thing about it all? Quincy actually suffers from Congenital Adrenal Hyperplasia, which is a genetic disorder that often makes her dependent on intensive medical treatment. At the moment, her condition requires that she takes medication in the form of steroids three times per day.
But surfing takes Quincy’s mind off her medical condition. It makes her happy. And it’s a sport that is ridiculously good for your health.
Better Health Victoria notes that surfing is good for your fitness, as well as your muscular strength:
Cardiovascular fitness – from paddling.
Shoulder and back strength – these muscles will strengthen from the paddling.
Leg and core strength – once you’re standing up on the board, strong legs and a strong core will keep you up.
Surfers such as Sally Fitzgibbons and Stephanie Gilmore are some of the fittest people you’ll ever see, and even
Michelle Bridges swears by surfing for working every muscle in your body.