"The best part about traveling on the world tour is the experiences and life lessons I’ve learned. I’ve been able to see places in extreme poverty and then gone to cities of extreme wealth—seeing those extremes keeps me planted in reality, gives me a good perspective and keeps me thankful for what I have and what I get to do for a living."
Lakey Peterson cemented her status in the surfing world back in 2009 at the NSSA Open Women’s Surf Contest when, at just 14 years old, she performed the first female aerial maneuver in competition. Launching high and fast comes naturally to this Santa Barbara native, whose meteoric rise through the ranks of professional surfing has included a win at the prestigious Vans WSL U.S. Open of Surfing and had her ranked 6th in the world at the end of the 2015 season. With her sights firmly planted on a world title, there’s no doubt that the sky’s the limit for what she can do.
Lakey Peterson By The Numbers
When I was 5 my parents took my siblings and I on an around-the-world trip for a year, which I think really helped define who I am today and my love of travel and adventure.
I got my nickname “Lakey Surf Legend” in Australia at a surf school when I was a kid because I would refuse to get out of the water and would just keep catching more waves even after all the other kids went in.
I was the youngest woman to qualify for the ASP Women’s World Tour in 2012 when I was just 16. I was the baby of the bunch, but the other girls helped show me the way around.
I work with a number of clean water charities, including Waves for Water and Hands 4 Others—it’s been amazing for me to see all the hard work they do all over the world for this vital, precious resource and for those who don’t have clean access to it.