Savannah ‘Savi’ Shaughnessy
“My love for surfing, the natural environment, my close friends and family have made growing up in Central California such an important part of who I am.”
Savannah grew up in Scotts Valley, a small town just north and inland of Santa Cruz. She graduated from UCSC in 2010 with a B.S. in biology. She is currently working towards her long term goal of being a Nurse Practitioner as a full time student at Cabrillo College, finishing up prerequisite courses to apply to nursing programs.
While school is her focus, Savannah’s passion is surfing big waves. She first paddled out to Mavericks when she was 16, and began surfing there regularly by the time she was 18. In the fall 2010 she placed 2nd in the first women’s big wave exhibition at the Nelscott Reef Big Wave Classic in Oregon. One of her biggest accomplishments was being the only female to compete in the first Coco Nogales Mexican Pipeline Tube Ride Invitational 2011.
Each summer she travels to Puerto Escondido for the big wave season there, and she enjoys surfing Mavericks in the winter time.
Billabong’s XXL Awards: Girls Performance Award Nominee for the 2009/2010 and 2011/2012 seasons
Date of Birth: 03/20/1989
When You Started Surfing: 12 years old
Favorite Big Wave: Mavericks
Favorite Big Wave Board: 9’6″ quad gun
Sponsors: Surftech, Oakley
Worst Wipe-Out: Mavericks