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Small surfer, big waves – 6-year-old Quincy Symonds aka "The Flying Squirrel"

At six, Quincy Symonds is already tipped as a future Layne Beachley or Stephanie Gilmore.

They call her The Flying Squirrel. She may well be the best six-year-old surfer and skater on the planet. Prepare to be gobsmacked.
Stepping into the water at the legendary Snapper Rocks surf break on the Gold Coast, it is easy to forget that the person I’m here to film has just turned six.

Quincy Symonds (aka The Flying Squirrel, we’ll get to the nickname later) is quite possibly the world’s best six-year-old surfer and skater. The Tweed Heads local only started surfing about 18 months ago and, in a very short time, has captured the attention of the surfing world, gained multiple sponsors and garnered a fanatical following on social media.

Her parents are right behind her, but they’re not pushy “stage parents”. Quincy’s dad Jake has been a surfer most of his life and his love for the ocean inspired her to get in the water. Her mum Kim says it was the most natural thing in the world.

“The very first time I saw her out in the ocean she changed, she became a complete person,” she explains. “To say that about a four or five-year-old might sound very strange, but I watched it happen.”

“It just doesn’t make sense to me, how she’s able to do what she does,” says Jake. “I’m amazed by it. I’m really proud of it but, to be honest, I can’t comprehend how she does it.”

“She has no fear,” offers Quincy’s coach Anthony Pope. “And she just doesn’t fall off. She has incredible balance and her ability to judge the conditions and adjust is at a level I’ve never seen in someone her age.”

While Quincy’s feats in the water are impressive on their own, they are even more inspiring given that she has battled a serious medical condition for her entire life.

Not long after she was born, she was rushed into the Intensive Care Unit suffering adrenal crisis. After extensive testing, Quincy was diagnosed with Congenital Adrenal Hyperplasia, a genetic disorder that affects her body’s ability to create cortisone.

Quincy’s condition means she is steroid dependent. “Steroid dependency at this age requires medication three times a day,” Kim explains. “In times of sickness, Quincy needs intensive medical treatment.”

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20 comentarios

  1. Hey I no the struggle of having a shit life at the start but it gets better it happened for you and even me

  2. To the idiots who put a thumb down: I'm sure you are as laim as you are stupid.
    The world could do without you.

  3. 10,000 Subscribers Without Any Videos

    Those waves are small

  4. Heart touching video 🙂

  5. I wish her well and good health in abundance.

  6. Go girl!!! lol!!!

  7. Big wave?????

  8. You hustlin me boi?

    It's always a double over header. Lol when I have kids I hope I have a Quincy

  9. She is better than me and I’m 10

  10. 😎👍

  11. She is amazing

  12. Tokosho sox none

    These look like really good beginner wave especially if a six year old can ride them

  13. Tokosho sox none

    Where was this fimled

  14. SOOO CUTE talented and tough BEST luck little girl

  15. rydershortboard Mcleod

    Got a nice little cutty happening already.

  16. the parents burned her fuse too quick. forced her to peak as a child, now she will get bored and grow out of it within the next 5 years lol. then she'll become a normal kid and probably forget she ever did either of these sports. shes pretty average, the only reason she got these shows done was cuz her parents wanted money for saying "oh look shes messed up, but she can still do things!" haha

  17. jokubas vaitkevicius

    Verry good! She surfs way better than me 🙁

  18. How can anyone can dislike your face

  19. i know this is from a long time ago but did the parents even consider that putting their toddler on a surfboard and skateboard might not be the best idea, since she cant apparently get hurt due to her illness? idk just put her on a softball team or something


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