Story

Stephanie “Bruna” Schmitz was born and raised in the small fishing community of Matinhos, Brazil. She knew early on there was a life outside of the town borders just waiting to be lived – one that would allow her to explore the world. At the young age of 9, she discovered surfing and instantly, her mad love affair with the ocean began. Little did she know that this passion would be her ticket to global travel and adventure.

Four years later, Bruna’s natural athletic ability and ease in the water began to draw attention from the surf industry. In 2003, she became the youngest to win a Brazilian pro event and soon after, at the age of 14, Bruna signed with Roxy. Once again, the girl from Matinhos was making her village proud, becoming the youngest Brazilian to turn pro. She then went on to qualify and compete alongside surfing’s elite on the WSL Tour from 2008-2010.

Bruna has become well respected among surfing professionals globally – equally for her big backhand hits and stylish forehand snaps, as well as for her natural Brazilian poise as a model. Her genuine heart and spirit endear her to all she meets, known always to be the life of the party or surf session. She continues to be the “first” to things – whether it’s the first in the water or the first to be featured on major magazine covers and brand campaigns like Sports Illustrated’s Swimsuit Issue or Estee Lauder.

In 2013, she moved to the United States with just her suitcase and dreams in tow-ready for new opportunities in a new land. Today, her passion for surf and travel continues to thrive, as she explores life as an athlete and model, while using her celebrity in support of important causes. The rest just happens to unfold here within Bruna’s Life.

Career Highlights
2003: Youngest surfer to win pro event in Brazil (age 13)
2005: Youngest Brazilian surfer to turn pro & qualify for Brazilian pro tour
2008-10: Qualified for World Championship Tour (WCT); competed for two years
2011: First Brazilian athlete to be featured in Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition
2013: Joined Roxy’s Global Ambassador Team
2015: First surfer featured by Estee Lauder & first female Sambazon ambassador

2016: Foray into stunt work for films, including “Tribes of Palos Verdes” starring Jennifer Garner; campaign work with Verizon Wireless, Beats by Dre, Jose Cuervo, Sambazon and Roxy

Bruna Schmitz surfing