Sarah Gerhardt grew up on the Central Coast of California and started surfing in the 8th grade. She was soon connected to surfing as a daily part of her life, and started exploring new surfing challenges within her high school years. She also discovered a love for chemistry during high school and won several science awards.
Her love for surfing led her to surf big waves in Hawaii, Peru, and the California coast. In March of 1998, she became the first woman to surf Maverick’s, a large wave in Northern California, where she continues to surf with her husband, fellow big wave surfer Mike Gerhardt.
Sarah’s love for science led her to complete a doctorate degree in Physical Chemistry from UC Santa Cruz in June 2003. She is currently teaching Chemistry at Monterey Peninsula College and living and surfing with her husband and two children in Santa Cruz.