Surfing to me is freedom. You don't need anything or anyone to have the time of your life. Also the spontaneity--every wave is a gift and you never know what you are going to get.
What makes you excited to get out of bed in the morning?
My little boy.
Who is your favorite athlete? Why?
Lisa Andersen, because she is one of the best most talented surfers the world has ever seen, she is the reason women's surfing is where it is today, she followed her heart and realized her dreams, she is who she is--real, down-to-earth, genuine...I am lucky to be able to call her my friend.
What is your best memory, why?
My husband asking me to marry him. Why? Because nothing has made me feel like that--ever.
Date of Birth: December 8, 1980
Sponsors: Roxy, Channel Islands Surfboards
Current Residence: Dana Point, CA
Bio Veronica Kay baker fell in love with the ocean, growing up within walking distance to the La Jolla shores, in sunny San Diego. It wasn’t until Veronica was 13 that she rode her first wave, the wave that would change her life. "The first thing I remember was looking down at my feet, at the water rushing past and I knew, from that time on that I was going to do this for the rest of my life."
With just a year of surfing under her belt, she entered in her first contest and won. At 15, she was approached by Quiksilver to represent their new women’s line, Roxy. Veronica, or VK to her friends, continued to dominate the amateur by placing first in both conference ratings for the next two years. By 17, Veronica had claimed the title of West Coast Chamion and a month later won the NSSA High School National Championships.
By the time the fall semester of her senior year of high school rolled around, Veronica was on a plane headed towards her destiny, to travel the world and become the international face for Roxy. That year while surfing G-land, an amazing surf break in Indonesia, she was spotted by Bruce Raymond and asked to join the team along with Kelly Slater and Lisa Andersen.
Since then she’s been living the dream, traveling to exotic locations and shooting ad campaigns around the globe. Although modeling was always a means to an end, it never the less turned VK into the most recognized rider globally in women’s surf culture today. Veronica has been featured in several prestigious fashion and action sports magazines including, but not limited to: Teen People, Fashion 18, Seventeen, Elle, Teen Vogue, W, Shape, Conde Naste, and YM. She has graced the covers of SG Magazine, Cooler, Seventh Sky, Women’s Health and Fitness, American Health and Fitness, Surf N’ Beach California, Men’s Health, IQ Air and Style, Beach Girls and Sport Partner. In 2002 she made Maxim’s "Hot 100" list as well as Stuff’s "100 Sexiest Women In the World". She has done numerous TV appearances: hosting "Wild on E!", "VH1’s Smoking Hot Talk", "Fashion TV", as well as countless news casts and radio interviews. She was also one of the stars on the WB’s hit series "The Boarding House", which aired in 2003.
Veronica has continued living the life she dreamed from the first day she stood up on that wave. She continues to embody the Roxy image and inspires girls around the world to go surfing. Her talents extend beyond her surfboard and there isn’t much that this girl can’t do, or hasn’t already done. A seasoned world traveler, she has jumped out of planes, climed rocks, heli-skiied, snowboarded glaciers in the Alps, been scuba-diving off ship-wrecks in Papua New Guinea, and surfed just about everywhere that you can. She loves fishing and her new found love of golf and gardening. Veronica now resides in Newport Beach with her husband and dog Deuce where she is still surfing almost everyday.