Going In-Depth with Artist, Writer, and North Coast Surfer, Jen Yih

"Something about interacting with the ocean stuck with me forever." - Jen Yih
You never forget the first time you surf; the first time you fall in love with the ocean. Sometimes it happens unexpectedly, but you always remember your "when we first met" story.
Recently, Her Waves sat down with Jen Yih from Cannon Beach, Oregon, and listened to her epic surfing journey. As an artist, writer, producer, and story-teller, Jen finds surfing to be one of the greatest ways to nurture her spirit and creative expression. Take a dive into Jen's world.
Quotes: Jen Yih
Photography: Rita Goldfarb


"When I was 17-years-old I was lucky enough to move to Brazil, where my dad is from, and live on the beach in a little rural town called Ubatuba. Dirt roads, wild chickens, monkeys, and a hammock I slept in every night. Life was easy."




"I didn’t have TV or internet or any distractions so my daily entertainment was the beach. After awhile, beach bumming and swimming wasn’t really enough for me so I found a surfboard in the garage and took it out."


"The long journey to surfing taught me to sync with myself, harmonize with nature, wash away worries, free my mind, to be humble in the face of power and fear, to arrive whole, present, and remember what is simple is also beautiful."

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I’m inspired by the water, the sun, the moon, and the stars. My countless wipeouts, my dreams of noseriding, and the feeling I get when sliding across the face of a wave.

Meg Jacovino