Living in Florida as a teenager, rebellious Lisa Anderson left a note in her family home saying, ‘Gone surfing,’ and fled to California. Despite her difficult start in life, the four times world champion turned her life around and laid the foundation for women’s surfing today. We grabbed a quick chat with the inspirational surfer and Roxy ambassador.
Lisa, what does freedom mean to you?
Freedom can be your choice to do whatever you want to do, or be whatever you wish. I am still living the dream that I wished for and I’m forever grateful for what surfing has given me.
Model, Roxy ambassador, surfer, contest commentator... which road are you going down these days?
My job can be any of these at any time. Wherever I am and whoever I’m with, I continue to be a role model to all generations and give guidance whenever possible.
“I wouldn’t be here today if I didn’t follow my heart.”
How long have you been surfing and how long have you been with Roxy?
I have been surfing for 34 years and have been with Roxy for 27 years.
When you were first starting out, did you ever think you would get to where you are today?
Surfing wasn’t allowed when I was a kid. But I liked it so much that I found a way to do it. I wouldn’t be here today if I didn’t follow my heart.
What’s been the high point of your career so far? Definitely all the experiences I have had travelling the world and realising how much I love being a mum.
What are the biggest changes in surfing you’ve witnessed over the years?
How much the women have tightened the gap between them and the men, in respect of their abilities and how they have raised the level of the sport.
If a film was made about your life, who would you
choose to play yourself?
I would choose Elle Fanning as a young me, then Jennifer Lawrence as a middle-aged me, then Meryl Streep as an older me.
Do you have any words of wisdom for up and coming surfers?
You can do anything as long as you have the courage to do it. Anything is possible.
Describe your life right now in five words… Evolved. Present. Optimistic. Tearful. Thankful.
Despite the odds, Lisa Andersen left her troubled upbringing behind to become one of world’s most successful surfers