Quincy Symonds came into the world with a rare talent.
The seven-year-old surfing wunderkind from Tweed Heads, New South Wales, is making waves — not just with her talent on the board, but with her infectious zest for life.
The ‘Flying Squirrel’ has already drawn comparisons to Australian surfing legends Layne Beachley and Steph Gilmore. When you see her flying off the waves, it’s pretty easy to see why.
And it’s not just surfing; Quincy’s day will include anything from rugby to ping pong to imaginary games — she is a seven-year-old kid, after all — and her doting parents Kim and Jake Symonds couldn’t be prouder.
But even more remarkable than being touted as one of the world’s best surfers for her age is her background. Quincy, featured in a beautiful documentary that bears her name, was born with Congenital Adrenal Hyperplasia.
It means she spent the first two-and-a-half years of her life in and out of hospital, and now she’s steroid dependent and requires medical treatment three times a day.
Because this little champion can react strongly to illness, it would be easy for her parents to hover over her and have her avoid adventurous activities like surfing.
But the family’s philosophy is simple: do whatever it is in life that you enjoy most. For Quincy, that’s surfing and living life to the fullest.