Meet Maria, a paddle boarder from Coral Springs, Florida and winner of American Eagle Outfitters Project Live Your Life. We had the chance to learn more about Maria — read on to see what she had to say and follow her on Instagram.
How does Miami compare to your hometown, Coral Springs? Have you been here before? Miami is so different! Coral Springs is very suburban, while Miami is a city were no one sleeps. Miami has beaches, art, festivals, and so much more adventures and experiences. I loved staying in Miami with the AEO cast and crew!
What do you heart about your hometown, Coral Springs, Florida? What I heart about Coral Springs is my family and friends that live there.
You enjoy paddle boarding. How did you get into this sport? My uncle lives right on Deerfield Beach, so I would always go over his house and hangout with him. He took me paddle boarding one time and I just fell in love with it. I got the hang of it on my first try and after that I found it so easy and relaxing. Plus, its a great exercise and I don’t have to wait for waves to come to take my board out.
What were some of the biggest challenges that you faced when you were first learning how to paddle board? I didn’t face many challenges paddle boarding but one of them probably had to be getting the paddle board onto my small Mini Cooper and down to the beach!
Are there any other sports that you enjoy? I enjoy soccer. I have played for about 11 years and I played for varsity on my high school team for South Plantation high.
Who inspires you to stay active? Someone who inspires me to stay active has to be pro-surfer Alana Blanchard. She’s such an inspiration to me, she taught me that being active and doing something new everyday just brings happiness and healthiness to you and always have fun everyday because life is short.
Tell us about your part of the mural. What inspired you to draw what you did? With my part of the mural I just expressed myself. I had so much fun doing it and it really inspired me to go after what I want.
You also describe yourself as an aspiring stylist. What trends are you into right now? The trends I’m into right now is laid-back vintage bohemian clothing. I like my clothes to be very chill and beachy. I love to add gold and leather jewelry-mostly strap-on bracelets and gold rings, with one of my cute little vintage tribal beach bags. Oh, and I can’t forget my leather moccasins!
What sets you apart from the crowd? I feel that my wild personality makes me stand out. I can be very outgoing and happy at one moment, but then very chill and mellow at another. My personality works both ways! Also, my sense of style makes me stand. I’m the only girl at my school who becomes a little rebel and wears shorts to school with a cute crop top and a laid back long sweater. I feel that being small and energetic makes me who I am. Also, my ambition to always look for an adventure and do something creative and new everyday!