GS: How did you start surfing?
Sharlene: My life was actually really different before I started surfing. I grew up in a little harbor town in Holland. I wasn’t really sporty, always got picked last and I was a quick learner, but in that moment I’d rather spend my time doing things I shouldn’t do, instead of going to school. So the moment I finished high school, I started working in bars. I did that for a couple of years, and I really enjoyed it.
I had a nightlife, working at nights, sleeping in the days. It was really so much fun, and I made amazing memories, but it was not fulfilling. I started to miss something, and I thought the answer was to go back to school.
I started my Social Work studies, and kept working part time in the bar. I had an amazing time and I really enjoyed learning again but I still felt like something was missing.
I always felt like I wanted to travel, and I loved the ocean since I was young and I thought it would be amazing to learn how to surf. So the plan started to form in my head, I wanted to travel to experience different cultures, learn how to surf, do more with yoga and learn a different language.
So after I graduated, and a summer of working and saving, I left to the Dominican Republic. I loved it so very much, I didn’t feel like I could live in Holland anymore. I fell in love with surfing, and I fell for it hard.
GS: Where do you go to ride and how often do you ride?
Sharlene: Currently I am living on the north coast of Tenerife and I am really lucky to have an amazing break just 5 minutes walking from my house. This is where I surf the most, and if the conditions allow it, I surf every day.