“The main lesson I took from last year was that I needed to get lost, to find myself.”
It has been said that youth is wasted on the young. However, Juliette Lacome has recently absorbed some life lessons that seem beyond her tender 20 years of age.
The time out of the water and the enforced break from competition, however, had an unexpected upside; the stylish natural footer rediscovered her love for surfing and travel. After recovering from the injury, Lacome parked her competitive ambitions and hit the road for the better part of 12 months.
She documented her trips to destinations as far-flung as Iceland and Hawaii, as well as at home in the Basque Country in her first surf movie Reborn. Her mentor and bestie Coco Ho narrated the film and said the movie is about how “Juju” found her light in the darkness and never gave up on her dreams.
“Coco and I have been travelling a lot together and she always pushes me to be the best version of myself with my surfing or in general,” said Juju. “Last year going on surf trips and learning how to surf again without any pressure helped put me in a healthier relationship with my sport. More importantly, it gave me a new perspective for the future. Hopefully, the film captured that transition.”
Such was the affirmation that came with her pivot, she has decided to keep on pushing her travel and freesurfing to new limits. A recently signed partnership with Db means she is now, literally, ready to roll and check off bucket list destinations like Japan, Chile, and Brazil, as well as heading back to her new fave cold water spot of Iceland.