Gil is a surfer since when she was born – really! But, differently from many people specially here in Australia, she was born in a poor neighbourhood, used to sell coconuts to survive and learned surfing by herself with the same cover she used to close the coconut cooler. Gil is from Brazil and, despite all difficulties of being a 9 year old little girl needing to work to survive, she always have found some time to go to the water, even if she needed to wake up at 4 in the morning.
The way to the waves many times made her walk in front of at least 4 blocks in front of the drug dealers houses. But she persisted, she then got her brother's old surfboard to surf. She stopped selling the coconuts with 16 years old, when she found a job in a hotel. Once there, an Italian old man used to observe her. She then told him she started surfing with the top of the coconut cooler. One day, this man gifted her with her first for real brand new surfboard. They became friends. "He is proud to see for far I went", she says.
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