Chandler Parr was a surfer. It wasn’t a hobby, a recreational activity or sport. It was her identity. And she was really freaking good at it.
As a pro surfer, the young woman competed with some of the world’s best surfers and made a name for herself in the sport. Surfing since she was eight years old, Chandler was winning events and had the full support of her friends and family to continue to pursue surfing while attending classes at UCLA. There was only one problem: She wasn’t sure she wanted to be that Chandler anymore.
She had grown tired of the competition between friends, and the two-faced people willing to do or say anything to get sponsorships. Chandler wasn’t willing to “play rough to get ahead” and her heart was no longer in it.
She decided to take a break from surfing and discovered something that surprised her: She didn’t miss it. She’d filled the time by going to the gym, and realized there how much she loved the energy and positivity she’d discovered there. She felt empowered and in awe of how strong and capable her body felt, and she wanted to share that feeling with other people. That purpose, the giving back, wasn’t something she’d been able to find surfing.
A regular training schedule came easy to Chandler, who had learned discipline and commitment through surfing. The hard part wasn’t the training, it was reinventing herself and trusting that people would accept and love her just as Chandler, no longer “the pro surfer.”
“I found that once I took the first step, I could repeat it, and make myself continually feel better by showing up for what I wanted to do,” she said. “I learned I could do things I didn’t know I was capable of.”
After an emergency room scare where she learned she suffered from leaky gut syndrome, Chandler began to take her nutrition more seriously. With the changes to her eating, Chandler felt better, slept better, and her digestive problems disappeared.
“Your gut is everything,” she said. “Digestion is the body’s way of eliminating toxins. People don’t even realize how important it is. If you fill your body up with good stuff, you see how to take advantage of the one life you were given.”
Another transition for Chandler was finding a solid group of friends that know and support the woman she is now, who “are on the same page” and encourage her in her life’s work.
“Who you surround yourself with is so important,” she said. “Find people who accept you and make you better. You want people who push you to be the best version of yourself.”
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