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Johanne Defay

Surf

Smith Athlete Johanne Defay started surfing at eight-years-old on Reunion Island, a remote island in the Indian Ocean that's known for great waves. Warm and beautiful, the island was a great place for the now 20-year-old to begin surfing. After her first competition at ten years old, she quickly moved through the European amateur ranks to eventually take on the WSL World Qualifying Series for the past three years. In 2014 she qualified for the World Championship tour and since then she has been surprising everyone with powerful surfing and solid results. Her travels as a competitive surfer have taken her around the world to places such as China, Australia, and Africa and the beauty of these places inspired her to create art and her hobby of painting. To her, surfing is her life but her art is a great escape when she finds her constantly chasing her ultimate goal—a world title.

Highlights

  • 2015 First Place Vans US Open
  • 2014 ASP WCT Womens Rookie Of The Year
  • 2015 Third Place WSL WCT at Tavarua
  • 2014 Third Place Swatch Pro Trestles
  • 2013 European Champion
  • 2013 Second Swatch Girls Pro France