Welcome to my
don't know how to toot my own horn
others can tell you about me, ...." one strong lady!"
alot of photos, media,
and magazine clips are missing ,
hurricanes , moving ,ect.
over the time that has
I do have a few photos left somewhere around here.
want no pity ,I want no hand outs,I'm a giver not a taker,
I'm a leader not a follower,I'm humble,I ask for nothing,
but most importantly ....I get it.
use my experiences in life to guide me
for the betterment of others including myself.
I ask for no fame, I don't claim to be a hero, unsung heros,
dignity, doing it because you care
not to make
yourself the center of that cause or for any kind of fame.
I could never list how much I have been through
or things i've done in my life.
I am a 3 time spinal chord injury survivor,
I have also survived cancer,
lyme disease ,
and a lightning strike.
And now have survived an 80 mph tee bone to my drivers side door in 2007.
Some good ,some not so pleasant, experiences if you
put it into perspective
you see its that it is about growth and understanding who you are.
You choose, thats what
its about your choices, knowing who you are,
what you are capabable of accomplishing, and what impact you leave behind your actions.
I don't let life chew
me up and spit me out!
I take the good, the bad, the ugly, and find a way
to make it positive.
I just searched for my place in this life
and surfing was where I fit in.
I am a good person who likes to do good things.
One person can make a difference and it adds up when one multiplies itself.
Against the mathematical theory of 1x something
equals the same
I find so untrue.
It is very rewarding knowing that even as a steward
of the littlest things that you can make a difference in just one, or so many lives.
What got me where I am today?
My faith in my Creator, and faith in myself.
out small battles we don't win wars.
In search of
my happiness and life.........surfing gave this to me.
So many people go through difficult things in there life
some more and some worse than others.
Some who never
asked for, or deserved it.
grow up becoming the very pain they endured.
I grew up being different and having to endure the pain of social ridicule
as a prodominately native
american/causcasion and a woman.
I am one who is making sure that changes.
" I want
to be that one person and hopefully am one making a difference."
Through personal experiences, I am making choices to help and change
on many fronts to make sure someone else never has
to walk in the rough path of my experiences and if they do
voice of reason and understanding for those who have.
I was an emancipated minor from a tough child hood
moved to Florida in 1982 when i was 17.
I have always truly beeen
an athelte and a beach girl..
I grew up in the mountains of the North eastern United States.
at 18 and was mom by 21...
I lost my husband when i was 25.
I started off to college at 25 as a single mom of three,
vowing to God my children would never ever see the days
of what I had been through.
After graduating four years of college with a 4.0 GPA
top of my class as a single mother and landing my first nursing job,
included my three daughters,
I took them to visit my patients and my pets
we went to church,
and started building a whole new life
moved away from the Sebastian inlet and landed in Indialantic.
I started surfing competitions
to unload the stress from so much responsibility
from my Nursing Job with the tragic suffering
of my patients victims of alzheimers, parkinsons and terrible
I made some
very good friends now consider
them as family local surfers and the
I have an ESA ring this is how much my surfing life impacted
They did not judge me ,
were much like a family/tribe something i could relate to.
I scrap booked
heat sheets from the 90's of
todays best surfers names on them as children.
My daughters also into it,
96 M BB Champion & Lorna champion girl body boarders.
of the first girls names i surfed with etched in my mind forever
Jan Futch, Nancy
Peters, Misty Baker, Jennifer Goldfarb,
Rhiannon Andreychick ,Frieda Zamba,
Kira Sheppard, Dawn Ahlert, ...
There were only a few of us women in
those days some my age some teens,
some young girls but we were the first
women surfers of our time!
In the long board division i was the only woman ,
so i had to surf against men boy did i hear how much girls didn't belong out there too.
Surfing turned into more
started doing fund raisers to help causes for the ill,crippled,suffering, and unfortunate.
I have video footage
of ESA comps and others in the 90's , pipeline of the 70-80-90s footage.
also opened up options for my three girls mind you this was not easy we were always busy...
My daughters were entered into surfing comps,
musical instruments soccer,gymnastics,
religious education, travel and culture, modeling,
they had been
exposed to broadway shows, the olympics,
musical concerts, fund raisers,amusement
and research for cures, we stayed very busy..
After I left this island
and traveled all over the states and over seas
I came back south and I lived in Tampa for 10 years, until 2009
two years after being crushed and imobile I was so
I really want to stay near my daughters
but they are successful adults now .
I missed my home on the beach where my girls and
my surfing life were born here on this barrier island.
I was a single mother of three for 18 years.
Put my self through college
at BCC and UCF.
I created a good busy,stable life for my kids.
I used to
surf,work, and live here,1985 -1996
my kids born and raised here,
I was nurse an avid and competetive surfer,
was very involved with alot of great things and people.
Getting involved with all the things that were a part
of my life
made me happy and are giving me a chance
to have a reason to live and be here.
I've been a single mom many years and have seen
what the streets have to offer our youths and
I want to give theses kids options other than what the
streets hold for misguided
kids from single parent homes, or from boredom.
Give them options, hope, and choices that could change there futures.
It has taken me three years to regain some use of my affected leg.
Get off all the meds they had me on, and start surfing again to the best of my abilty.
I love kids and doing good things.
My name Donna
but I go by SHARKEY pretty much always have
and now known world wide
as the Surfing Indian
Please allow let me tell
you a little about accomplishments:
* I am an award winning web designer
* I've moved on to master my own domain now. www.surfingindian.com
which is has the most comprehesive
link directory for native americans and im also
currently working on an international surf directory.
* I am as far as I know, the only female Native American Surfer.
* Some of the people who got me into competitive surfing were
Trip Freeman, Beef , Misty Baker, and Barry Dix.
am retired 4 div pro/am surfer, went to college and graduated as a single mom,
top of my class Brevard Commuunity College Melbourne, and Cocoa UCF.
Geriatric nurse working with people who had alzheimers,parkinsns, phsyizophrenia.
* I am certified in first aid, CPR and am a nurse.
I raised three beautiful, intelligent, beautiful, athletic, and talented daughters,
who also surfed many districts of ESA
grown and sucessful now
and they have been everywhere.
* I now currently have a load of kids in my neighborhood
in my area begging me about
the Sharkey's Adventure Surf Camp in Cocoa Beach.
* I am W Long Board Champion 1994
I am founder of the Womens Long Board div for ESA CFL 1995
I used to
surf against the men in competition.
* Used to have a huge surf bash
at my home twice a year
with some of the most prestgious local people in surfing.
* I worked very closely and am good friends with Craig Carroll
who was director for many years of the ESA
and is a world class champion surfer as well.
* I worked
with Professor Rita Carpi
volunteering for the Sea Turtle Rescue Mission.
* I worked code enforcement on the beaches for
city of Indialantic,Brevard County, Fl
* Captain Time Bomb Girls Surf Team 1996-1999 ,
home, overseas, everywhere and abroad!
* All girls trained properly through swimming,
diving with coach Ginger Maxwell in Satellite Beach ,
* Surf Team Team Trained in Surfing through
Carrolls Ron Jon Surf School.
* Some of my kids went
on to NSSA, ESA regionals,
one an olympic contender in swimmimg!
.* I also ran up and down the east coast for several years with a sponsored
by Time Bomb Surf out of California
, promoting young girls into surfing competitively and just
for fun too
from Florida and every state up the coast all the way to Maine.
Surfing ESA -FL every state north on the east coast to
also traveled over seas to a few countries and all of the Carribean islands.
* I have had the pleasure of being friends with some great surfers that
grew up & surfed with me in my neighborhood,
Craig Carroll, Freida Zamba,
Lisa Anderson, Kelly, Sean,and Steven Slater,
Jim Phillips, Richard & Phil Salick, Erik Knight, George Maxwell, Trip Freeman,
and Damien Hobgood, Greg Loehr
,Bruce Walker, Matt Kechele,
some are the shapers of my custom boards.
* In competitions and travels I've also had the great
pleasure of meeting
and surfing with my friend the legendary
Corky Carroll in the Ocean Spray Triple Crown Wave Masters,
* US Championships in
Texas with Kim "DangerWoman" Hamrock, Felina Spires,
Murray of Island Surf, Elizabeth Glazner of Wahine Magazine ,
Brent Dolan of East Coast Surfing.
Mezerol & Dugan of Eastern Surf Magazine and
Glen Henning the founder of Surfrider Foundation,
Author & Surfer Chris Dixon
Dave Campbell Guiness Book of World Records holder skateboarding
now opening skate board parks in Tofino BC for youths,
of ShorLB skimboards and many other great surfers too...
Several times Ive been on TV , News and in the Magz.
* I ran
Keyword Surflink on AOL the very first on line Sports Forum
hosting Surf Chat on AOL
years 1994-2000 every night.
* I also did the book signing in Ca., for Drew Kampions
book now collectors first edition " Stoked"
autographed by the original Gidget.
* I used to help set up and tabulate,volunteer,announce,help judges at competitions for
the ESA CFL when the largest district : Director Craig Carroll.
* At the ESA regionals, I volunteered and tabulated,
I , my family, and team surfed there
* I helped co-host fund raisers for,
and have been involved voulteering and
am now involved and
National Kidney Foundation,
Surf Rider Founation
* I helped co-host fund raiser for the first Breast Cancer
in memory of Hawaiian School Teacher Rell Sunn,in Montauk NY
* I'll soon be involved with and helping the growth in helping inner
and disadvantaged kids to get into sports
instead of what lies on the streets for them in today's society.
I have made so many connections from helping setting up these fund raisers and
other travels, events, and ventures!
* I also intend to keep
doing fund raiser's to
help good causes for this disabled and disadvantaged.
* And hope to start or head up a Branch of DSA Disabled Surfers Association in the
USA and North American Continent.
* In 2009 with the support and love from some old pals Debbie Walker, Barry Dix,
Lani Mucha ,
I surfed in
life rolls on and would like to become a local rep for them !
was invited to judge the hurricane hunt of Surfette Pro in 2009
* I have recenlty also been honored and added at
a listing of the most comprehensive womens surf directory.
* During the Eddie Aikau in December 2009
I was texting with Buttons Kukualani and brain child was reborn
the long time charge to get our sport into the olympic games.
I am am the
builder and creator of a worldwide petition and movement
to get our sport into the olympic games via caught up technologies
RE: language translators so far in 7 months
so many supporters for this petition and growing.
* I'm also now 2010 involved with the local Cocoa Beach surfrider
and help out at other events like the Slater Brothes invitational & AAU
* Im starting a foundation to help people with PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder)
in hopes of using my sport to help others.
I was in a fatal car crash
4-3-2007 t-boned at 80mph in my driver side door
at 6:30 am after taking someone to the Hospital,
I was hit felt the blood shoot out my eye, seat belt
ripped through me
drivers seat on the other side of the car, pushed a whole city block.
I heard the saw, on my car and helicoptered away,pronounced
well I woke up some days later on Easter,and the doctors
couldn't believe I lived.
My leg was big as an Oak tree......
I spent 2.5 years in wheel chair and bedridden to a hospital bed.
16 years gone from here so humbled on my return by all who remember
Its truley overwhelming.
I have metal upper femur head ,plates n pins for a hip, & chain link pelvis,
my leg is discolored and partially paralyzed, drop foot, atrophy, and yes neuropathy
stints in my carrotid artery ,
and recently found out about
an IVC thats in my femoral artery,
sadly its defective and can not be removed.
I was honored to surf in my first Life Rolls on event
from wheel chair to a walker in July of 2009.
They will surf again.
it is on Grind
and Fuel TV
I was told no therapy for what happened to me,
would possibly be an amputee, I lost everything while I was in hospital
the hospital ..job, car , house, it hurt!
But you know what
I have always been outgoing, self sufficent,
independent, and am grateful
for my life.
This was not about me, I lived..... I moved
to the happiest most inspirational place of my life in 3/2009.
My girls, friends, family at my side, Gods mercy, and my inner strength all helping me.
I started over, im doing my own therapy, started a home based business,
I can walk some now, I intend to keep my leg, and am taking my life back!
I am very outgoing, positive,great with kids, doing good things,
will never lose my faith or my stoke!
I like being involved in
fund raisers and the surfing industry it makes me feel alive,
it gives me focus
Quitter never wins, winner never quits!
I am walking some a year later 2010 upon returning to this place i call my home,
and the lifetime of happy memories thats helped me regain some of who I am.
Coming back here has given me the desire to move on ,
heal , to be involved again,and to help and inspire others!
was truly honored to be put in the surf museum.
Women Of the waves in 2010,
captained the winning team
Watermans Challenge 2012
I remain respectfully ,
Donna " Sharkey "
the Surfing Indian
Other places I've been honored
Surfing is my family
, my tribe, it is my life..........
again im truley humbled, Thank You.
Life is just this "LIVING"
If you have this blessing be a blessing
Committ yourslef to helping others
and being a
steward of your community.
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