Pro Surfer Karina Petroni Shares Her Food and Fitness Secrets

karina surfer(Photo: Sarah Kehoe, stylist: Morgan Gibbons, makeup: Sarah Appleby)

Admit it: You’ve always harbored a secret desire to be a surfer girl. Join the club. Not only is knowing how to work a surfboard incredibly badass, but the trappings that come with the sport aren’t bad either, specifically the bronzed skin, naturally sun-bleached hair, toned body, and carefree vibe.

With 15 years experience in the surfing industry, Karina Petroni has all those qualities and more: The 27-year-old was ranked as the sport’s top American female in 2008, and she is still the last woman from the East Coast of the United States to qualify for a World Championship Tour.

Right now, she splits her time between the Bahamas and Florida, where she sticks to a healthy, adventurous food and fitness routine. We asked Petroni to fill us in on exactly what she eats every day and how she likes to stay fit in her off time.

For breakfast I had:
Fruit and eggs.

For lunch I had:
Kale and spinach salad with roasted veggies.

For dinner I had:
Grilled lamb with feta and tomatoes.

Today I snacked on: 
Avocado, cheese, and grapes.

My go-to healthy drink is:
Water and freshly pressed juice.

The one thing I’d never eat is:

karina petroni food and fitness diaryHow badly do you wish you were a surfer girl right now? (Photo: Sarah Kehoe)

My favorite workout is:

My guilty pleasure food is:

The next big health and fitness trend will be:
Foundation training.

My favorite healthy restaurant is:
Happy Cup in Atlantic Beach, Florida.

My favorite healthy snack is:
A banana.

Some of the fitness blogs I love include:
I’m honestly more inspired by my friends who are out living a healthy and active lifestyle.

karina petroni food and fitness diaryKarina was the top American female professional surfer in the world in 2008. (Photo:

On Instagram, I’m obsessed with following:
@chrisburkard, @stephaniegilmore, @nativemess, and @chasingthesunseries.

The three ingredients you’ll always find in my kitchen are:
Sea salt, wine, coffee.

My biggest health tip for travelers is to:
Drink lots of clean, filtered water and take plenty of vitamins to avoid illness.

My signature healthy dish is:
Grilled meat, whole grain brown rice, and salad.

The health app I couldn’t live without is:
MINDBODY connect.

The top three songs on my workout playlist right now are:
Kiesza’s “Hideaway,” Lorde’s “Team,” and “Party Rock Anthem” by LMFAO.

The best part of my job is:
Traveling—experiencing new places, new faces, and new cultures.

I start an average day by:
Saying “thank you, God, for another day,” a big breath, and a big glass of water.

My favorite activewear brands are:
MichiNYOnezie, and Lululemon.

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