GONE SURF­ING

Surf Girl - - Spot Check - pho­tos COUR­TESY OF ROXY

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

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