The pumped-up sensation felt before or immediately after an extreme surfing moment causes a swell of adrenaline that increases heart rate and blood flow to the muscles. During our recent trip to Huntington Beach, California, for the Vans US Open of Surfing, we got the chance to hang out with 19-year-old junior professional surfer Brianna Cope.
A native of Hawaii, Brianna was raised on the beautiful island of Kauai, where the sport of surfing is ingrained into everyday culture. Surfing wasn’t Brianna’s first sport of choice. Growing up, Brianna loved playing soccer, but as she began watching her older sister surf, her natural competitive spirit set in, and she began paddling out to sea.
At 11 years old, after only one year of experience, Brianna began making a name for herself at local surf competitions, acquiring many coveted titles. With a great deal of practice and determination, Brianna has successfully made it to the US Open of Surfing to compete against the most talented surfers in the world, including some from her hometown. “All of us surfers from Kauai are super supportive of one another. While we are still very competitive, we come together to positively represent our island,” she told us.
Brianna Cope is Jonesin’ for a FIAT® 500L
A combination of exceptional talent and a slew of high visibility sponsorships are making Brianna a familiar face on sandy beaches far and wide. A recent spread in a well-known high-end fashion magazine and a partnership with Jones Soda Co. are making Brianna a familiar face. “I think of myself as a normal teenager, but I am still taken aback by the reaction I get from fans at such a big event like the US Open of Surfing.”
Since Brianna was going to be away from home for three weeks competing in Huntington Beach, we loaned her our FIAT 500 Cabrio to help her get around town. “At home I drive an SUV, so the FIAT 500 puts me at a much different level with the road than I am normally used to, and I must say, I really get a thrill from scooting through traffic,” said Brianna.
Brianna Cope takes a drive in her FIAT 500 Cabrio
“I love seeing people’s faces when I pull up next to them in the FIAT 500 Cabrio. That thing gets tons of attention.” We agree that the stylish cinquecento catches people’s attention but would not be surprised if the positive response was a result of Brianna’s infectious smile.
After chatting with FIAT Backstage, Brianna took some time to meet fans and sign autographs by the FIAT 500L at the FIAT Cabana. “When I’m not competing, I love to interact and engage with my fans through social media, especially Instagram, where I post photos of my surf adventures and my life in Kauai.”
Brianna in action during a Surf Competition
We’re big fans of sharing our adventures on Instagram too! To see more of our photos from the US Open of Surfing and other FIAT sponsored events, follow FIATUSA on Instagram.
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