Introducing Kristin Nicole, new Team Rider from Folly Beach, SC October 08 2015 1 Comment

Team Rider                  Kristin Tanner, 26 years old

Hometown                   Charleston (James Island), SC  

Home Break                  Folly Beach, SC

Favorite Wave               Pavones, Costa Rica

Occupation                    Elementary School Counselor

When I’m Not Surfing I like to…

Play guitar, Skateboard, Make jewelry, SUP, Search for shark teeth, Hang with my pup, Travel, Camp

Sponsors:  Pura Vida Board Gear  - McKevlin’s Surf Shop -Rip Curl Wetsuits - Ricky Carroll Surfboards

 Contest Results : Member of the SSC ESA District

*2007 & 2014 SC Governor’s Cup State Champion

*2nd place in Women’s Shortboard at the 2013 Mid-Atlantic Regionals

*3rd place in Women’s Longboard at the 2013 Mid-Atlantic Regionals

Fresh out of the surf of recent Hurricane Joaquin swell, Kristin chatted with us about how she got into surfing and how she keeps her stoke.

 At twenty six years old, Kristin has spent most of her days in the water. She has been surfing the Washout at Folly Beach, South Carolina  since she was five and comes from a family of surfers.  Her Mom, Terri Tanner, won the East Coast Championship "with me in her belly," Kristin says. "I pretty much popped out and it was like, "Hey, you're going in the ocean!" Her father, Glenn, known as the "Kingpin of the Washout," was the first surfer from Folly Beach to ever capture a U.S. title.

 Kristin is a two time South Carolina State Champion, Mid-Atlantic Regionals finalist and East Coast Championship finalist. She hasn't been able to attend the Mid-Atlantic or Easterns the past two years because of school. Last year, she won the South Carolina Governor's Cup.

Photo credit:  Paul Mulkey of Tag Your Pix

 "For me, the most important thing is doing it for fun," Tanner says. "If competitions get to the point where they're stressing me out, then I don't want to do it anymore. Then surfing is associated with stress, and it's supposed to be the opposite of that."

As her father taught her, Tanner remains humble. "A lot of people start getting into competitions and thinking about money or popularity, but most soul surfers wouldn't think that's what it's about at all," she adds.

Kristin  typically prefers to have some company in the water. Even when she's competing, Tanner says she's making new friends between waves. "I'm the kind of person that, even in contests, during my heat, I'll talk with other people," she admits. "I'll be like, 'Did you just see me wipe out?' while other surfers are looking up the beach to see if anyone saw them get barrelled."

Tanner says the Folly community is a tight-knit family and that her fellow surfers are the No. 1 reason she loves the area. "It's such a great atmosphere out here.. .no matter when or where I paddle out, I see somebody I know." She continues, "I know I'm going to see my friends and have a good time."

 Kristin has travelled to Costa Rica on surf trips and her favorite break is the well known left of Pavones, quite impressive as she is a regular-foot surfer. "There is no doubt in my mind that surfing will be a part of me for the rest of my life!" she says.

We hope to see her here again soon, maybe on a family surf trip :) We are proud to sponsor Kristin as a Pura Vida Board Gear team rider!

All photos courtesy of Kristin Nicole Tanner. Wave shots: Pavones, Costa Rica

We'd like to thank The Charleston City Paper and Ryan Overhiser for providing some of the information for our article. :) 



Kate is the owner of Pura Vida Board Gear, a surf brand that promotes surf and a quality, positive lifestyle. Currently living near Playa Jacó, Costa Rica. she enjoys connecting with the culture and diversity of the community. Connect with her on instagram @puravidaboardgear Find Pura Vida Board Gear on Facebook. Subscribe to email list here.  Photo: Jorge A. Russell, Playa Jaco