HOMETOWN: Hermosa Beach, California
Bruna Zaun grew up in a small town in the south of Brazil and has described her childhood as mellow, spending a lot of time at the beach. Under her big brother's influence, she started surfing at the age of 9, competing at 11, and became the youngest Brazilian to win a professional surfing event at 15. In 2010, when she was 18, she qualified to compete on the WSL Championship Tour (CT), a feat she repeated in 2011, the same year she was featured in the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue. After her time on the CT, Zaun traveled the world as a Roxy Global Ambassador, a role she maintains to this day. After meeting her now-husband and pro surfer, Dane Zaun, she relocated to California and used her role model status to create fun, recreational opportunities for Brazil's less fortunate city children.