Surf Stories: Sahara Faye Coleman-Mattes

Today's feature is Sahara (@sahara.faye), a newer surfer (who is also somehow amazing at surfing already!) from Honolulu. Learn more about Sahara below!

Sahara cross stepping to the nose of surfboard

Hi Sahara! Tell us a little more about yourself.

My name is Sahara Faye Coleman-Mattes, and I am from Honolulu, Hawai’i. 

When did you start surfing? 

I started surfing last year and surfing is my favorite thing in the entire world. I wish I had found a love for it much sooner.

Sahara surfing in Oahu

Sahara cruising by in our Pauline Surf Set! Beautiful shot by Brent Rand Photography 

Well you are already killing it! What do you love about surfing?

My favorite thing about surfing is that while I’m surfing I can’t think about anything in my life except for what is happening in the moment. 

We totally get that, surfing is a meditative sport. What inspires you?

I am inspired by surfers who are younger than me- they tend to be my favorite people to watch and sit out in the lineup with.

What is the biggest lesson you've learned so far on your surfing journey?

My biggest lesson so far is how much most people (including myself) underestimate the power of the ocean.

The ocean is powerful for sure! That lesson is something a lot of people forget about but so important. Any advice to new surfers out there?

My advise to new surfers is to never get unmotivated or uninspired by how far ahead anyone else is. Don't compare yourself! 


Thanks so much for your time, Sahara! To learn more about Sahara and follow along on her surfing journey, you can find her on Instagram @sahara.faye. 


Who should we feature next on our stories series? Let us know on Instagram, FB, or email and we will be sure to shout them out here! Keep surfing everyone!