Written By:Ashlee Polarek LA February 2018 issue
The surfing legend, Mick Fanning, made writing this month’s cover story the equivalent to relaxing on the beach. Not only is Mick an interesting and complex individual, but he is laid back and down to earth. It is easy to feel immediately at ease while getting to know him, as well as the process of writing the piece. Originally, I was very apprehensive to chat with him, assuming that, because he is a well-known and respected professional athlete, the conversation would be short and simple to keep to his schedule. Mick was every bit as friendly and charming as you would think. Interviewing him was like catching up with an old friend. He was in Tahiti for a competition when our interview was scheduled, but his considerate nature allotted plenty of time to answer questions and share about his life in and out of the water.
Getting to learn about an accomplished professional surfer who essentially changed the competitive side of surfing was a blast, especially when he was busy and in the middle of a world wide surfing competition. Mick is a man of great focus, but also of positive energy. Researching about his past and the struggles he faced as a surfer and as a person helped shape and bring to life how wonderful he truly is. It was incredibly delightful to get to work with him, and we can’t wait to see what great things are on the horizon for this fish out of water. LA February 2018 issue
Ashlee is a freelance writer with a focus on travel, lifestyle and food. After obtaining her degree in Journalism she took the world by storm teaching in South Korea and giving motivation speeches across the United States. She can often be found on road-trips, plane rides and cooking up her favorite meal from her most recent travels. The anti-homebody loves a good hike, good book and a day spent with friends.