8 Beautiful Photos of Brazilian Surfer Bruna Schmitz in Canada

The athlete was featured in the 2011 SI Swimsuit Issue.

Bruna Schmitz was featured in SI Swimsuit in 2011 when photographer Stephan Wurth snapped her photos in Banff, Canada. 

The Brazilian-born athlete began surfing at age 9 and went pro just six years later. She competed in the World Surf League’s championship tour in 2010 and ’11, the same year she was included in the SI Swimsuit Issue.

“This is the most beautiful place I’ve ever seen,” Schmitz said at the time of her photo shoot in the Canadian wilderness. “When I first got here and I saw all the lakes with the mountains and like snow on the top of the mountain, I was like, ‘This isn’t real, like this place doesn’t exist,’ but it does, it’s beautiful.”

Today, Schmitz is married to pro surfer Dane Zaun. They welcomed a child together last August, and Schmitz frequently shares snippets from her life and family of three on Instagram. The husband-and-wife duo also has a joint homemade cooking IG account, Hun Buns Kitchen, where they share recipes and meal prep ideas.

“The [theme] for the shoot is fly fishing, and I don’t know anything about that,” Schmitz continued. “Boots, the vest, the blanket … I was actually trying to fish, and I was having a lot of trouble.”

You’d never know Schmitz struggled at all, judging by the photos that resulted from her photo shoot. Below are eight of our favorites.


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