An Australian baby girl born with an adrenal deficiency and complications arising from it, is now considered the best child surfer and skate boarder in the world. And, she has a nickname: “the flying squirrel.”
Quincy Symonds, of Coolangatta, Australia, -first started surfing when she was four years old early in the morning with her father. Within one year she was competing in local competitions– unfazed by waves more than twice her size.
Now 7, Quincy is in the water nearly every day, surfing up to eight hours a day. She also works out at a local gym to develop her strength and balance. A seven year-old.
Her medical condition is vigilantly managed. Her parents make sure that she takes her needed medicine injections three times a day and she wears a medical bracelet at all times.
In addition to first surfing with her father, she now trains under the supervision of Tony Park, who was a national coaching director for Surfing Australia who has worked with some of the best athletes in the country. Australia’s Gold Coast is renowned worldwide for consistently producing champion pro surfers.
Park says Quincy “is like no other human he has ever met. She has no fear. She tackles life head on every day.”