Marishka Diebold

Surfing Jeffreys Bay

I’m a surfer from Cape Town, South Africa, currently living in the ultimate surf mecca – Jeffreys Bay. When I’m not surfing I like to do activities that support my surfing such as pilates, yoga or work on my all-round fitness. Apart from that I love travel and surf photography!

What drives you? 

I love the feeling of improving myself – whether in surfing or with any other skills but for the most part working on and improving my surfing drives me!

What's next in training? 

I’d like to achieve a more well-rounded fitness and strength (at the moment I have good upper body strength from surfing but, for example, can’t run to save my life hehe). 

What makes you happy?

I love pushing myself in surfing - trying new things. The satisfaction I get from completing a new maneuver is inexplicable.

How do you create balance in your life?

I make sure I get some form of exercise every day, even if it’s just cycling to and from work. I go for a surf in my lunch break whenever I can and try to do some training on land at least once a week.

What’s one piece of kit you could not live without?

There’s nothing quite like a decent sports bra that makes you feel comfortable and confident while working out.

What are your goals for the future?

There are so many! But overall I’d like to travel – a lot!

Who inspires you and why?

I’m so inspired by professional surfer Stephanie Gilmour – she manages to strike the perfect balance between being athletic and graceful. She’s strong and fit but beautiful, kind and stylish at the same time!

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