Behind the Girl // Karina Petroni



With @Karina.Petroni – the adventuring Pro Surfer/Water Woman with a bad case of WanderLust


You’re such an inspiration – how did you end up with the dream job – travelling and surfing the globe?

It’s mainly thanks to my upbringing. I am blessed to have fabulous parents with adventurous spirits; a Norwegian mother and an Italian father, a Viking mixed with the Mafia makes for a spicy, explorative combo.

I was thrown into the water at 6 months and began surfing at 9. Surfing took off for me and it quickly evolved into a competitive professional career that brought me to many unique places across the globe. I am addicted to saltwater and coastlines, and have a strong desire to see more of them. 
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Where did you grow up?

I grew up in the Canal Zone of Panama, my father was a pilot taking ships through the extraordinary Panama Canal, it was a fantastic childhood filled with adventure every day.


Give us a little inside into the day to day happenings Karina!

I never know what life is going to throw my way each day, and I like that. I try my best to live in the moment. A spontaneous day that starts with a great cappuccino and ends with a great glass of wine is a good day in my book.

If you could escape to one place in the world, where would this be?

It would have to be an island off the coast of Italy. I felt so at home when I visited there. I truly jived with the culture, I adored the passion that the country exuded.


What has been the highlight of your career so far?

To have been able to travel to so many incredible locations, meet so many exquisite human beings and find myself in the funniest situations.

You’re ultimate surf break?

Anywhere that the sun is out, the water is relatively clear and warm and you’re surrounded by your best mates.


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Who/what inspires you?

I am inspired by strong, confident, classy women who are proud of who they are and bring other women up around them. I love to see women taking care of their mind, body and soul, kicking ass, having a sense of humor and a zest for life.



Life motto?

Explore, Dream, Create, Discover, Laugh.

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Any projects we can expect to see you working on in the next 6 months?

I have some big travel plans coming up that I am very excited about, I am looking forward to exploring places I have never visited before.

What is number #1 on your bucket list?

To visit Africa and see all it’s wonder and it’s amazing creatures.


What inspires your fashion style?

Easy, Breezy, Classic and Versatile, Dress it up, Dress it down.


Quick Questions!

City or Nature

Breakfast or Dinner

Barefoot or High heels

Coffee or Tea

Sunrise or Sunset

Fly or Sail? Seaplane 😉

Photographer @CaptainBarto

Model @Karina.Petroni

Location The Bahamas

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