Fast forward five years and 15-year-old Liz decided to try surfing. She had an instant connection with the water sport. “It was all I wanted to do,” she would later confess. After a while, Liz started competing professionally, going on to win at the NSSA Nationals in 2002, making her the College Women’s National Champion.
Liz was busy studying Environmental Studies at Santa Barbara, and while she loved surfing, she decided to concentrate on her connection with different countries and what she could do to help preserve the planet. “I remember feeling frustrated by the direction the world seemed headed,” reads her website.