North welcomed self-confessed daredevil Karlie Thoma to the team after her first photoshoot on Maui with Jesse Richman, Annabel Van Westerop and Marley Franco.
"I like doing things that are scary because it puts me in the moment more. I'm not sure where that comes from. I think I've been like this since I was a kid, a daredevil, doing intense stuff. I don't really feel very present in my day to day - I feel more focused when I'm surfing or doing a crazy mega loop; I'm very dialled-in. More so than in my normal life. And when I put myself into 'scary' situations, I am super-humbled. When I fall, then come up, I'm like: "Holy, I'm good. I'm alive; this is great.”
The 24-year-old grew up in Maui – just one beach from Jesse Richman. She spent most of heradolescence down at Old Man's, blasting around on her kiteboard every day after school.
"I'm super grateful to have grown up here on Maui, with the conditions that I have here - wind andwaves all year round, and the people that I'm surrounded by."
KARLIE THOMA'S FREERIDE SETUP
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