Francesca “Frankie” Seely is an 19 years old and a surfer from Malibu, California. She started surfing at Malibu’s famed First Point where she still calls home. She is consistently earning first place trophies for both long boarding and shortboarding.
In 2017, Seely won the West Coast Championship Title from the NSSA for Women Short Board. Seely finished 2nd in NSSA Women Short Board State Finals and 4th in Women Shortboard at NSSA Nationals for which she received a nomination for Female Athlete of the Year at UCSD.
After taking a few weeks off for summer, Seely returned home to Malibu. At the prestigious “Call to the Wall” contest in July 2017, Seely won 1st/2nd place trophies in Long Boarding and Shortboarding respectively riding for her home team Malibu Surf Association.
Seely has been surfing for most of her life. Her dad put her on a wave at the age of 2 and she has been in the water ever since.
Frankie’s graceful yet aggressive style coupled with highly technical maneuvers have earned her numerous accolades in her young career.
In 2015 took first place in the coveted USA Surfing America Prime Championships and held onto her WSA West Coast Championship Title that year as well. Seely won Malibu’s prestigious Call to the Wall for two straight years in a row, and became the 2014 West Coast NSSA Short Board Champ for the West Coast.
It is no wonder that Frankie holds sponsorship from Billabong, Hardcore sport, Audi, Kassia Meador Wetsuits, DrD4 fins, Hobie Polarized, ZJ Boarding House, CJ Nelson Designs, Robert’s Surfboards, and Shade Sunscreen.
Frankie’s long boarding signature style can be easily spotted as she screams down the line hanging ten and cross stepping into a classic soul arch and her short board backside hacks and front side rail grabs have been described by the locals as man turns.
In 2016, a mural at First Point Malibu was dedicated to the celebration of Southern Californian Surf History and featured Francesca Seely and legends Tom Carroll, Mickey Munoz, and Joel Tudor.
No stranger to the screen, Seely starred on Awesomeness TV’s web-series “Surfers,” which followed the lives of a group of Malibu teens as they navigate through relationships, plan for the future, and catch some perfect California waves.
Also in 2016, Seely was accepted at UCSD and has been active on performance art track as well as behind the camera in the visual arts program. She has received a national award in visual arts for high school, a award for best college essay, had over a 4.0 in high school, won a national writing contest in high school, and had an unique visual arts portfolio which got her into UCSD.
Frankie has travelled up and down the California coast into Mexico, South America, Hawaii, El Salvador, Nicaragua, searching for great waves and is looking forward to adding some exotic destinations to her long list of adventures.
Media featured in : Inertias series : Log Daze, Surfer Magazine, Surf Channel, Awesomenesstv, Malibu Times, Foam Symmetry , Pacific Longboarder Magazine, Surfgirl Magazine, and Conde-Nast travel magazine.
Her goals : travel around the world doing contests and creating a lifestyle brand .
Best place I’ve surfed: El Salvador is my favorite place because of the perfect right hand point breaks with only a handful of people out. The waves are usually overhead and the water is a warm beautiful blue. The people are so wonderful there!
Last book I read: “Siddhartha” by Hermann Hesse
Favorite TV show: “Chopped” and “American Horror Story”
Theme song: “Burning Down the House” by Talking Heads
What I love to eat: Sushi and fruit
Hero: Nelson Mandela
Worst experience in the water: Getting caught inside and held under.
I’m most proud of: Doing well in school!
What I do when I’m not surfing: Yoga, painting, singing, and cooking
Pet peeve: When leashes drag in the sand
What I want to be when I grow up: Taller
Pets: Helga, my Rottie
Why I surf: I love it! Nothing feels better than hitting the lip or getting a perfect 10.
Something else fun about you: I’m a huge fan of horror movies.
Words to live by: “Well behaved women rarely make history.” And: “Live your dreams or someone will hire you to build theirs.”
Goals: I want to see kids achieve their athletic dreams in surfing as well as receive a degree in higher education , this is also a dream I share for myself. I want to create my own brand, travel around the world to do contests, make my own tv show that involves combining surfing and art, lastly I want to be a jack of all traits and a master of all.