Leilani McGonagle – Athlete Interview

Get to know the World Surf League competitor from Costa Rica!

DOB: November 14, 1999
Born: Pavones, Costa Rica
Sponsors: Rip Curl, Kolbi, Coral Baiha, FCS, and Lost Surf Boards

How did you get started in surfing?

I started surfing because my whole family would always go to the beach to surf. So it was either sit and watch them or join them!

Tell us about your favorite board!

My favorite board a Lost driver with a round tail! I love it so much.

Who was your first sponsor?

My first sponsor was Carton Surf Board, he’s a local surfboard shaper from Costa Rica. Such a nice person with a big heart and love for surfing.

Who are your current sponsors?

Currently I’m supported by Rip Curl, Kolbi, Coral Baiha, FCS, and Lost Surf Boards

What competitive result are you the most proud of?

I am most proud of my WQS 3,000 win in Barbados this March. It was so nice to be able to compete well against all the great talents!



What’s the next event you are competing in?

I’m competing next in the Super Girl Pro WQS 6,000 in California





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What’s your favorite trick or move?

At the moment my favorite move would be a layback, I’ve been working on them a lot!



Who is your biggest inspiration?

My biggest inspiration is my brother, Noe Mar. He has pushed me since the beginning to be the best surfer I can be!


Any advice to up and coming athletes looking to get sponsored?

I’d recommend to stay true to yourself, keep humble, and show your personality. Focus in yourself and don’t compare your support to others. Every little help you get is a blessing and something to be thankful for.



Tacos or burritos?

Burritos!!!!!! They are my favorite food.

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