Another Leticia to add to an awesome crew… Leticia Canales is Volcom’s newest addition to their European surf team. Hailing from the Basque country, she has never been far from the sea. Here she tells us a bit about life as a competitive surfer…
How does it feel to be the newest member of the Volcom European surf team?
I feel really good, to join Volcom has been like a dream come true!
Why do you think you fit the Volcom vibe?
I think because my mind goes well with Volcom. I love my sport and I love to have fun, I like the punk style that Volcom has. Volcom means the madness of surfing and I like that madness.
Do you feel lucky to have grown up in the basque country with all those waves?
I´m so lucky to have the ocean near my house. And I think I am privileged to live in the Basque Country and enjoy one of the best lefts in the world: MUNDAKA!
Have you always lived within walking distance of the sea?
I live in Sopela, a town near the sea. All my life I have had contact with the sea and I can´t live without it. It´s like the peace that my mind and my body needs.
You started competing at 10 years old, what do you love about being a competitive surfer?
I love to win, but only one can do it. The competition has given me other values such as knowing how to lose, having perseverance, being grateful, learning other languages and meeting lots of people. Being a competitive surfer gives you the value of respecting your opponent. Why do I love the competition? Because it teaches you what elite sport is. It´s simple.
Do you have plans to go to Uni or will you see where surf takes you in life?
I dont have plans to go to Uni yet. When I was a little girl I had a dream “to be a pro surfer” and I´m following my real dream and I´ll not stop until I get it. I’m so thankful for my family who wants my dream to come true too, so I have all the support that I need.
Where are you right now and what have you got coming up?
At the moment i´m in Peru, I lost my first competition of the tour but instead of being sad, I’ve realized that I have the whole season ahead and I have to learn about mistakes! My priority is to do the ASP PRO JUNIORS Europe and WQS tour.
Leticia is sponsored by Volcom, Hyundai and Styling Surfboards.