Brisa Hennessy was raised in the jungle of Costa Rica by her surf instructor parents. Aged eight she was transplanted to Oahu’s North Shore for her school years before spending chunks of her teenager summers in Fiji. She truly is a citizen of the world. Her transient childhood gave her access to some of the world’s best waves, where she fell in love with surfing and honed her style to be both powerful and smooth. With a smile always on her face and a perpetual positive attitude, Brisa worked her way up the Qualifying Series ranks and at the end of 2018 qualified for the CT. Hennessy immediately impressed in her rookie year and a third place finish early in the season at the Corona Bali Protected was a real signifier that she could play a big role in women’s surfing for the next decade. Her form did tail off throughout the rest of that rookie year, but she maintained her CT status through excellent results on the QS. That form meant she was also selected to represent Costa Rica at the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo. The tiny Central American country only sent 11 athletes in total to the 2016 Olympics in Rio and have won four medals since their first appearance in 1936, so her inclusion represents a huge boost for the small country’s chance of a historic medal. Her goals however remain to eventually climb the CT rankings and push for World Title contention. Given her talent and her age that goal should come pretty quick.