Silvana Lima started breeding puppies as a way to fund her surfing endeavors. If you think about the fact that Silvana Lima was, at one point, one of the top competitive surfers in the world, then this is a pretty odd concept. Imagine Owen Wright resorting to GoFundMe campaigns to cover his entry fees. It doesn’t really compute that an athlete of that caliber isn’t supported through their industry in a way that allows them to focus and excel at what they do best.
So why did she step outside of surfing to support herself? Because, according to Lima, she isn’t attractive enough to cut a paycheck from a surf brand.
“I don’t look like a model. I’m not a babe. I’m a surfer. A professional one,” she says in a BBC profile.