At aged 24, pro surfer Coco Ho is currently on her seventh World Championship Tour.
Right now the Hawaiian is travelling around the world with the Swatch 2015 Pro Team. She hits the beaches, rides the waves and then moves on to the next spot.
Yep, she has the life we all dream about.
While most of us in our twenties spend the year trying to get our head screwed on the right way, Coco trains and commits her entire year to training and being the best athlete she can be.
We caught up with Coco at her Californian stop off and took the chance to ask her for the secret to staying fit and motivated and the easiest hacks to becoming a better athlete.
Here’s what she had to say…
See Your Goal
“Women’s surfing and female athletes generally have had a lot of support and it’s just allowed us to shine brighter. Everyone’s talent has always been there but now it’s in the right light.”
“What’s driving us is that everything’s available to us now as professional athletes. You want to win because when there’s more at the end of the tunnel.”
Be Inspired By Other Women
“There are all these success stories out there at the moment for women. It’s an amazing time to be a female athlete, you have all the inspiration in the world.”
“I’m definitely a firm believer in having inspirations. I’ve always been a big fan of Maria Sharapova and I met Ronda Rousey recently. Her success and stories are inspire me, I’ve just started reading her book.”
Mix It Up
“I love to play tennis. It’s really easy and you can do it anywhere!
Obviously I love to snowboard because I get to be around it quite a bit with my boyfriend [Olympian Mark McMorris]. I like to find a sport when I’m not surfing and I love those two a lot.”
Learn From Other Sports
“Snowboarding and surfing are nothing alike technique wise, because they take a whole different type of body movement. But when I’m riding a mountain, I definitely kind of ride it like I’m surfing and that definitely helps.
You just kind of slow everything down on a mountain, so when I get back in the ocean I try and slow everything down too, feel every turn and draw out every line.”
Fuel Your Body
“I am a firm believer in fuelling the body. I can’t even process doing anything with no food.
When I wake up in the morning I eat straight away, I’m always starving. Even if it’s just a coffee and some granola and fruit, that’s my standard go to. I don’t have any shaped routine with my diet. I eat food all the time, and go with what I feel like.
Eat when you’re hungry and eat food that’s good. Listen to your body.”
Give Your Head A Break
“This sounds so ironic, because you’d think to keep your mind fit and strong, you’d do something similar to the challenge you’re about to take on, but for me, the best thing before a big surf is not watching much surfing, or not watching anything competitive.
Keeping my mind off it, watching TV or reading books that have nothing to do with surfing, that’s my thing now.
It’s not that I don’t watch surfing, I watch a lot. But before contests? It’s about going surfing, feeling your board, feeling your body and then taking your mind off it somehow.
Everyone works differently and less is more in my eyes.”
Chill Out With Good Tunes
“Music is key, it can get you in a good mood and make you want to do your best.
I listen to anything, my go to is whatever makes me happy and that changes with every event!”
Remember To Enjoy Yourself
“I’ve been going to the same town in Portugal for seven years and I still have no idea what’s there. I’ve been on tour for seven years and we’ve been to the same places, but I’ve just started to go and enjoy everything a bit more.
The first few years on tour is all about learning the spot and surf, surf, surf. I’ve kind of learned to surf and enjoy myself, by taking that time off and seeing what’s around me.
It’s hard to change routine, but it’s good for you, I’ve been slowly learning to enjoy the countries I go to.”