Josie Prendergast was born in the Philippines and moved to Byron Bay, Australia, when she was only five. Shortly after settling into the New South Wales surf community her dad taught her how to ride waves. By the time she was 10 legendary shaper Bob McTavish was whittling her boards and the surf bug had bit her hard.
Today, she's a globe-trotting freesurfer with a huge following of fans and heart of gold.
"I would love to have my own orphanage home or be able to have enough money so I can supply kids in third world countries with everyday basic school supplies. That would be a dream," she told the WSL's Ben Mondy in a previous interview.
Prendergast recently returned home to Siargao to get back in touch with her roots and enjoy the ever-smiling company of the local surfers and groms. As part of their "Know The Feeling" video series, Billabong Women's just released a new edit from the trip.
"Surfing makes my heart happy. I feel so lucky to be able to do what I love and share this feeling with those around me," wrote Prendergast on Instagram. "These moments were from my island home with my fellow Filipina lady sliders! Oh the fun we have."
Everyone starts surfing simply because he's so much fun. And, if you're lucky, it blossoms into a lifelong pursuit. In the warm water and playful surf of the Philippines, Prendergrast and her friends are truly living their best surf life. Sharing the stoke, it's what it's all about.