Welcome to Karina Petroni’s Water World

In this interview, the professional surfer and model opens up about life in the water -- and why hydration is so important.

Karina Petroni’s whole life revolves around water. As a professional surfer, model, brand ambassador, and self-described “adventurer,” she travels the the globe in search of the next big wave and odyssey.

But whether she’s jetting around or home in the Bahamas, health and wellness -- and hydration, in particular -- is the cornerstone of everything Petroni does.

We recently caught up with Petroni, to learn more about life in the water, how she stays fit and healthy, and the one thing people don’t know about being a surfer.

So what does a typical day look like for a surfer?

Being a surfer means you're obsessed with the ocean -- even if there aren’t waves, you are always looking for ways to be consumed by the sea.

How does health and wellness factor into your day?

Health and wellness is a massive part of my life. It is like breathing for me. I try my best to treat my body like a machine -- whatever I put into it is how I expect it to perform. It's very simple.

What are some easy tips you'd recommend to people trying to jump-start their own healthy routines?

Water, first and foremost. People do not drink enough water -- it is the number one health solution for just about anything. Read the book Your Body's Many Cries for Water. It will truly open your eyes.

How do you make health and wellness part of your daily routine without taking over your life?

I incorporate health and wellness everywhere I go. I am constantly trying to be conscious of everything I do, standing up or sitting up straight, taking the stairs whenever possible, eating fruit on the go, every little bit counts.

How important is it to "cheat" every so often?

Cheating is fine every now and then. Everything in moderation and find the balance. I am a sucker for dark chocolate.

How do you stay healthy on the road? Any hacks?

Clean, filtered water, nuts and berries, healthy protein bars that are whey-free, granola and fruit.

How important is hydration for you?

Incredibly important, inside and out. My father drilled it into my head at an early age. I am a true believer. You can see it in people's eyes when they are well-hydrated -- it's incredible the difference it makes in one's self.

How do you stay hydrated throughout the day?

I start with drinking a liter of water as soon as I wake up and that kick-starts my day and flushes out the toxins. I like to refill the same bottle throughout the day. It helps me keep track, as well as reduce waste.

You travel quite a bit. What’s been your favorite destination thus far? And what’s your dream destination?

The world is an incredible place. I have many favorites. I fell in love with Italy last year. I fall in love easily with countries -- any destination that is adventure- and ocean-oriented is a dream destination for me. Seeing this world is the best gift you can give yourself.

Who are some of your role models?

My parents -- they are amazing people. I hope one day I can be as selfless and forgiving as them. They are beyond gracious.

What are some of the brands that resonate with you?

I have always loved J.Crew. I love brands that exude that easy, breezy feel, comfy feel, with combining sophistication, elegance, and strength.

How did you first come across Soma?

I came across Soma years ago, when a friend gifted one to me. I’ve always loved their sleek design, beautiful performance, and their mission statement.

What's one thing that people don't know about being a professional surfer?

It's still a job -- there is a lot that goes on behind the curtains than just riding the wave. Riding the wave is actually the smallest part of what it takes to become one of the best.