Six-Year-Old Surfer Girl is Amazing

Water Sports

They don’t even make boards small enough for this surfing phenom. But that’s okay because six-year-old Quincy Symonds has a set of custom-designed and shaped boards to outfit her in any conditions for the time being, and since surf brands are scrambling to sponsor her, there’s a good chance she’ll be presented with bigger boards as she grows.

Her mum Kim says introducing her to surfing at age four was the most natural thing in the world. “The very first time I saw her out in the ocean she changed, she became a complete person,” Kim explains.

See for yourself.

A small surfer makes big waves from ABC Open on Vimeo.

Although diagnosed with Congenital Adrenal Hyperplasia—a genetic disorder that affects her body’s ability to create cortisone—shortly after birth and being steroid dependent, Quincy is one of the world’s strongest and most talented child athletes. “Steroid dependency at this age requires medication three times a day,” Kim explains. “In times of sickness, Quincy needs intensive medical treatment.”

But it sounds like Quincy has the determination and no-nonsense attitude necessary to see past her genetic disorder. She’s already one of the best surfers (and skateboarders) her age in the world, and we can’t wait to see what she achieves in the future.

The Flying Squirrel

As a toddler, Quincy mimicked a wild squirrel she’d observed living in a tree near her house. She jumped off the back of her dad’s small truck and earned her nickname “The Flying Squirrel.”

Last modified: August 19, 2014

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