Skimboarding is a mix of skateboarding, snowboarding and surfing
LOOK: Melbourne / UCF High School graduate Amber Torrealba chats with Steve Wilson in the latest edition of Sit Down with Steve. Amber now lives in Laguna Beach, Calif., And is the 3X Vic World Skimboard Champion.
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BREVARD COUNTY, FLORIDA – Mapquest lists the distance between Palm Bay, Florida and Laguna Beach, California at 2,568 miles. It sounds like a long drive – and it is! But, for Amber Torrealba, it was something she had to do to achieve her goals.
Torrealba, from Palm Bay, graduated from Melbourne High School and UCF.
She played varsity basketball and ran a varsity track in high school and thanks her former basketball coach Steve Sherman for playing such a big role in teaching her discipline, hard work and her good character traits – all of those things that helped make her who she is today. .
Growing up on the Space Coast, Torrealba spent a lot of time at the beach. In addition to skateboarding and surfing, she fell in love with skimboarding.
When asked to describe skimboarding, Torrealba said it was similar to surfing, “except you approach the wave from the sand and there is no fin on a skimboard” . She went on to say that it’s “kind of like a mix of skateboarding, snowboarding and surfing.”
After graduating from UCF, Torrealba made the difficult decision to head west despite a very good job in central Florida with a bright future ahead of her.
However, with Laguna Beach being the âhot spotâ for skimboarding, she realized that if she was to achieve her goals, she had to take the plunge.
After arriving at Laguna Beach and settling in, Torrealba wasted no time in making a name for himself in skimboarding.
The year following her arrival, she won her first of three Vic Skimboarding World Championships and has now won league titles in 2016, 2018 and 2019.
With the skimboard, the cinema has always been a passion for her. In fact, she obtained a minor in digital media at UCF. The link between his skimboard and the cinema is a perfect mix.
Torrealba saw the two go hand in hand and decided she wanted to make a career out of it.
Torrealba has partnered with some of the biggest companies in the industry including Blenders Eyewear, SteadyMD, Adobe, Etnies, Panasonic, Victoria Skimboards, Freestyle Watches and Shark Wheel.
According to Torrealba, these companies âsaw my vision and supported me in whatever I wanted to do creativelyâ.
The future is bright for the 3X World Champion. Yes, the 2,568 mile trip was a long one, but as you can see it was well worth it!