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Member of the month: Michelle Winstead

1. At what age did you start surfing and where?

I learned to surf when I was 29 years old and first moved to San Diego from the Midwest. That was almost 20 years ago, in 1999. My husband and I had a boat before moving here and we water-skied almost every weekend (weather permitting) back in Indiana. After arriving in San Diego from that land-locked state, we were immediately drawn to the ocean. We signed up for lessons together at La Jolla Shores through a group class taught by UCSD. Some of the foamies we used in those lessons were massive, nearly 10 feet long!

2. Favorite San Diego surf break?

All the breaks in Leucadia! But I also love venturing to new locations with SDSL events!

3. Any upcoming surf trip plans?

Yes!!! Jennipher Wilson and I are going on a Surf with Amigas trip to southern Costa Rica on March 10. I have been dreaming about going on a week-long women’s surf trip for almost a decade, and I am so excited that my dream is finally coming to fruition! We would be stoked if more women from SDSL joined us!

4. What is another hobby you have outside of surfing?

I’m learning photography. I do a little photography through my work as a Marketing consultant, so I have a decent camera and a few lenses. I would love to do some surf photography, but I have two major problems standing in my way. First, if there is surf and I have time, I’m usually in the water with my board, not on the beach with my camera. Second, my photography skills (or lack thereof) are not up to par with my camera equipment (yet). But I have lucked into a few fun photos.

5. Favorite thing about SDSL?

I’m extremely grateful to be surrounded by this group of strong, inspiring, diverse women who are all stoked about surfing. The evolution of the club over the years has been fun and exciting to witness. So many talented women have poured themselves into their vision for the club, and we are all the beneficiaries of their energy and dedication. Ultimately, my favorite thing about SDSL is that we all share a love for the ocean, surfing, and that we’re all passionate about supporting and encouraging each other both on land and in the lineup. Pura Vida, ladies.


























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