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I am tormented with an everlasting itch for things remote

- Herman Melville

A surfing star from a young age, Johanne had to make some tough life decisions when her main sponsor dropped her.

Now ranked No. 5 in the world, she's making a steady comeback, despite the brands that think she's too athletic for a bikini. Story by Supriya Vohra and images by Armand Dayde. Originally published in The Outdoor Journal print edition, Spring 2017. Johanne was 19-years-old when she found herself at a crossroads in life.

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