My name’s Kaydi Archer, and I’m a 16 year old Floridian now living part-time in Puerto Rico. I write and model for Women’s Surf Style Magazine (WSSM). I’m currently a freshman at Florida Gulf Coast University majoring in Special Education, to eventually earn my doctorate in Deaf Education. I am a master surf instructor and volunteer American Sign Language interpreter for the Deaf and non-verbal for Surfers for Autism. When I am not volunteering or in class, I spend my free time big-wave surfing in Puerto Rico. There’s no feeling more exhilarating than gliding down the open face of a huge wave.
Meet Kaydi on Instagram: @KaydiArcher.
1. What’s your favorite surf spot?
My favorite surf spot of all time is Wilderness, Puerto Rico on a big day.
2. What’s your favorite beach to just hang out and relax?
My favorite beach to just hang out and relax is beautiful Playa Crashboat.
3. How and why did you get involved with Surfers for Autism?
I got involved with Surfers for Autism several years ago when I noticed the large event going on down the beach from where I was surfing. Nothing fills me with more joy than helping a special needs child stand up on a surfboard for the first time. It’s a life changing experience not only for the children and family, but also for all of the volunteers. I am now a master surf instructor and volunteer American Sign Language interpreter for this amazing organization.
4. One word that describes how you feel when you catch that “perfect” wave?
One word that describes how I feel when I drop into the “perfect” wave: indescribable. Okay, also magical, weightless, and exhilarating.
5. What’s your favorite “after the beach” snack?
My favorite after the beach snack is a ‘coco frio’ (ice cold coconut). First drink the water, then cut it open for the meat.
6. What’s your very first memory of the beach?
My very first memory of the beach is collecting shells with my grandmother at my home break.
7. Who’s your surf inspiration?
My surf inspiration is Lakey Peterson. I’ve never seen someone surf with so much power and drive.