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Off the Court: With Summer Ross

By Tyson Rodgers | Dec. 09, 2014, 4 p.m. (ET)

In this week's edition of "Off the Court," we had a chance to catch up with rising beach star and 2016 Olympic hopeful Summer Ross (Carlsbad, Calif., Twitter, Instagram

First thing I look forward to when coming home... 

A 10-minute Jacuzzi, hopefully it's sitting at 104 degrees when I hop in.  I just relax, enjoy the beautiful sky, and listen to the chirping birds.

Besides volleyball, most of my time is spent…

Any type of fun cross training.  I'm really loving surfing these days.  I can be out in the water for hours.  After I get out of the ocean, I usually do strength and core training on the shore.  I love when my dad and brother tag along.

One embarrassing/surprising thing about me is...

I'm very afraid of the dark.  At night, I always freak out and run from the light switch to my bed, usually tripping or stubbing a toe.  But I still really like scary movies.

What skill/thing I want to get better at or I am trying to get better at...

Finances and the business side of this professional beach volleyball career.  Paying bills, organizing receipts and figuring out taxes as a sole proprietorship.

Before volleyball I was into...

Basketball.  I wanted to play in the WNBA and Lisa Leslie was my idol.  This past summer, I actually beat Ryan Doherty in a few games of Horse.  The trick is to get him outside of the arc, as he has a pretty deadly mid-range jumper.

Three things I would take with me on a deserted island...

1) A box of matches for a big fire.

2) Kevlar 5mm gloves, so I could dive for lobsters.

3) A bosu ball to stretch my back and do single leg squats; then, if someone finds me via my

SOS sign in the sand, so I will be ready for any FIVB or AVP tourneys.

People tell me I am good at...

Arts and crafts.  I specialize in plaques.  I made my brother a big "2013 Accountant of the Year" award, and my dad earned "Pilot of the Year."  I also like making silly coupons for Christmas presents,  i.e.  one free hug, one free airport pick up, etc.

Something I am horrible at...

Soccer, I have no foot coordination.

Something everyone else likes that I don’t understand...

Sauce and dressing.  I don't get how people actually enjoy ranch, Italian vinaigrette or balsamic on a salad.  Ketchup, mayonnaise, mole, Alfredo, hollandaise, honey mustard...no thanks.  Just salt please.

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