Mermaids aren’t just for fairytales and folklore, because this blonde bombshell always brings style and grace to the water. Originally from the Jersey Shore, Jill Kepich, is a competitive surfer, co-founder of Surfing the Dream and a proud brand ambassador for a number of surf and active lifestyle brands which include Pura Vida Board Gear, Dakine, Smith Optics, and Brave New World Surf Shop. Graduated from ASU, she now spends her days in Jaco, Costa Rica surfing, training and competing as she is highly ranked as a national surfer for Costa Rica.
Name: Jill Kepich
Date of Birth: 03.13.1993.
Height: 5’6″ (1.71 m)
Location: Jaco, Costa Rica
Local Break: Playa Hermosa
Countries Surfed: Barbados, Australia, New Zealand, Peru, Maldives, Sri Lanka, Taiwan, Indonesia, Costa Rica, Nicaragua, Panama, Morocco, Fiji, Galapagos Islands, Mexico, Iceland, USA
Experience (Years): 14
Inspirations: Carissa Moore, Bethany Hamilton, Rhonda Rousey, Kelly Slater
How did you get into surfing?
My sister, Kim, and I would spend all of our summers at the Jersey Shore. We would consistently be in the water and doing water sports. Kim started surfing and got very interested in it at a young age. I always wanted to do everything she did, so I started surfing too at the age of 8. However, it was not until I was 16 where I became very into the sport and truly fell in love with it.
Can you give us an idea of what your typical meals in a day would be?
I like to start the day with an iced caramel coffee and usually gluten free waffles or an omelette for breakfast. For lunch, I like to make myself a salad with chicken. For dinner, I usually eat a meat with vegetables and a side of salad.
Do you do any stretches or exercises pre-surf or post-surf?
Of course! Before surfing I like to do lunges and arm stretches to warm up my muscles. I also like to sometimes start jumping up and down to get pumped up to surf!
After surfing, I usually just rest and do a little yoga.
What do you grab for a post-surf snack?
Hmmm.. I would probably go for a banana or apple and a protein shake.
What’s your favourite gear?
I love all my Dakine surf accessories, which are perfect for all my surfing needs. I also love my Pura Vida Board Gear board socks that always keep my boards super protected and stylish anywhere I go!