WHAT IS YOUR RELATIONSHIP WITH REEF FOUNDERS, FERNANDO AND SANTIAGO AGUERRE?
So Fernando and Santiago have known me since I was born. You could say that they're like my uncles, you know, cause they knew me before I knew myself. My dad was surfing with them before I was even born. I think that's what helped my dad get me into the sport too. He was like, I love this sport. I want to get my kids into it.
HOW HAVE YOU APPROACHED ADVERSITY AND CHALLENGES YOU HAVE FACED IN YOUR CAREER?
I think it's always about being consistent and with persistence. I've traveled the world so many times and been and alternate around the world at events just knocking on the door, waiting for my chance. I have flown to Africa twice and both occasions I didn't get to compete. I was so deflated. So I spend a lot of time with my dad and him always telling me, it's better if you go and not get in, then if you don't go and get in. Okay. Got it.
WHO HAS INSPIRED YOU ON THIS JOURNEY?
I mean, my dad always told me just be happy with what you do, you know, chase after your dreams, just be a good person overall, you know? Yeah. Just try to show that good humanity and you know, don't get too high on your throne and just try to treat everybody with respect and just be a good person. I probably have to start with my family, my brothers, ever since I was young, it's always been competitive no matter what we were doing. You know, seeing who runs faster, who gets to the ball or you who hits a ball further, you know? So it probably starts from there. And of course my dad and my mom pushed me into sports and being athletic and being always outside and playing, that just kind of changed my lifestyle from just enjoying nature and enjoying being outdoors a hundred percent. I was born in Argentina. So I lived in Argentina from when I was till I was eight. And then I moved to the US because my dad worked for REEF. And my surfing influence has been groomed in the US than it has from Argentina.
WHAT LEGACY DO YOU WANT TO LEAVE BEHIND AFTER COMPETITIVE SURFING?
I definitely want to get back to the sport. I want to help out the next generations from Argentina and believe they can get anywhere in life, get to the Olympics, get to the CT, get to wherever they want and they dream about, you know, that's what I think is key. I mean, I've been kind of already doing it, being an Olympian is definitely going to help me motivate more people. I own a surf school and have been doing some coaching and beach clean-ups in my local community at home.