252: Dominique Miller on Competition and Representation in Professional Surfing

Photo by Yoshi Tanaka

“I surf because I love competing. I do it because I believe one day I can be a world champion. I want to be one of the first African American, Mexican American, Afro Latina surfers to win a world title. I think it would inspire a lot of girls like me because even surfing within Hawaii is a lot more diverse than other places, but there is still not too many people that look like me surfing in the water.”
– Dominique Miller

Dominique Miller is a professional surfer and photographer, living in Hawaii. She is sponsored by Billabong, and is a long board and stand-up paddle surfer on the World Surf League (WSL). She has a strong sporting background, running both XC and track, and playing lacrosse. Her foray into surfing took place when she went to college in Hawaii, where she forged her own path into the world of professional surfing. This conversation covers the following topics:

  • How her mother introduced her to swimming and being in the water
  • Playing lacrosse and running XC and track in high school and college
  • Attending college in Hawaii
  • Her first experience surfing 
  • Falling in love with surfing and learning to surf
  • Wanting to be a professional runner and then pivoting to surf professionally
  • Surfing and competing on the WSL
  • Managing travel and competition schedules 
  • Her love of photography 
  • Recovering from an injury
  • Her experience during the pandemic

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