011 | Facing Fears & Empowering Women Through Surfing


For the longest time surfing was something that terrified me. I was excited by the idea, had been thinking about it for several years, but so scared of the reality. As a water baby, I’ve always been drawn to the water, but surfing wasmy edge. It never felt really accessible until I met Kelly Potts.

Kelly is basically the super rad, badass, yet totally sweet and loving, sister you (I) never had and ALWAYS wanted. I met Kelly while I was working as a massage therapist at a local summer surf camp (shout out to Maui Surfer Girls). I was instantly struck by Kelly’s warmth, aloha, and sense of ease. It wasn’t long after that I found myself at one of Kelly’s free women surf camps for Maui women.

Kelly has this amazing ability to make you feel wildly capable, safe, and totally understood all at the same time. Which happens to be the most amazing combination when you are out of your element and trying something new that scares the sh*t out of you.

I left Kelly’s women’s surf clinic feeling proud of myself, and also so empowered by the element of sisterhood that Kelly created. Cheering other women as they caught a wave. Feeling my arms shake and my heart soar when I too stood up on my board.  I knew there were some powerful things to learn from surfing, and Kelly was the perfect woman to learn from. In this episode Kelly shares with us her unique journey to becoming a pro surfer, giving back to her community, what she’s learned from being out on the water.

In this episode we discussed:

  • How Kelly found her way to surfing & made her own new pathway of sponsorship
  • What helped Kelly work through her own periods of darkness & pain: volunteering
  • The common painful story and trauma she hears most from women learning to surf
  • How Kelly’s Maui Prana Women’s Surf camps began
  • What the ocean has taught Kelly on and off the board
  • Why women are prone to be amazing surfers
  • Kelly’s advice for women facing their fears
  • The power of being uncomfortable

“To be uncomfortable - it is the first part of something really spectacular about to come take over your life.”


Website:  KellyPottsSurfer.com
Instagram: @kellypottssurfer
Facebook: Kelly Potts: Pro Surfer & Mentor



Kelly Potts’ exuberance for life can be contagious -- all thanks to her life-long participation in sports. As a teen she formed a passionate relationship with nature when she took up surfing, marrying sport with the outdoors, and since then has centered her life around adventure and wave hunting. It is with no surprise that Kelly decided to share the great gifts she gained through surfing with her Maui community, and for the past five years has proudly provided free surfing clinics and retreats for local females of Maui and Indigenous girls and women on the Pacific Northwest. Through the sport of surfing Kelly helps females discover their inner lordess, while perpetuating sisterhood.



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