Name: Jennifer Hazell Cortez
Years of surfing: 8
Has surfing helped you become a better person? If so, how?
The young, enthusiastic, and passionate Jennifer Hazell Cortez says with confidence, “Yes! Surfing has helped me become a better person. Surfing changes lives.”
She explains in further detail, “It helps me relieve stress, I forget about everything when I am out in the water.” She elaborates on the calming effects that the salt water brings to her, her boyfriend, and her family. She voices that, “it really helps calm people, while sparking happiness and joy in all.” She further dives into the health benefits that she also experiences and feels from surfing- “It helps me stay healthy- physically and mentally.” Jennifer explains, “You have to act from a place of calmness out there. You have to really engage, be there. If you don’t, if you get all frustrated and stuff, you won’t catch as many waves. I’ve been stressed in the water, it doesn’t work. Remaining calm and having fun is the way to get more rides.”
It was an honor and blessing to chat with Jennifer. She’s truly a lovely individual.