• Miriam Joanna


This Lineup episode is in for an in-depth conversation with Reunion Island’s Johanne Defay. She talks about growing up outside the well-trod channels of professional surfing, her idyllic youth on a tiny island East of Madagascar and how a mass influx of bull sharks over the past decade (likely the cause of human intervention) has resulted in an unfathomable 24 unprovoked attacks, 11 fatalities since 2011.

Challenge and trial have marked Johanne’s young-but-astonishing career - whether it’s been her relatively late exposure to the professional surfing world, the geographical and psychological distance from the elite ranks or battling the world’s best (at times) without a major sponsor.

However, her unique pathway to the world stage has only sharpened her abilities and competitive drive, and she’s used it to claim:

• Rookie of the Year honors

• THREE elite CT victories and

has now qualified for the

• French Olympic Team.

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