According to the WSL, there are zero professional surfers on the World Tour with a college degree – or who have attended college at all. Whether it’s characters like Spicoli from Fast Times at Ridgemont High or a hangover from surfing’s degenerate roots, surfing and education aren’t exactly peanut butter and jelly. But times might be changing…if only one pro surfer at a time.
“I’ve had to gain respect from my professors,” says Fores. “They’d say, ‘Oh you’re just a surfer girl.’ No, I’m a smart surfer girl.”
The 22-year-old Kauai native and recent Point Loma Nazarene graduate says she will miss her Rhetorical Theories and Sustainability courses, but like many graduates from the class of 2017, she’s excited about life post-graduation.