I started surfing when I was around 2 or 3. This is where my mom takes over:
"Alana didn't swim on her own yet, but her Dad thought it would be fun to push her into the little waves at Rocky Point on my 6'5" Barnfield. I stood on the inside, expecting her to fall on her first try, but to our surprise, she stood up and rode right past me and calmly stepped off the board when it hit the beach." I've been competing since age 5.
Lived on the North Shore my whole life. Homeschooled my whole life, too. Live with my parents and two brothers. Moved once from Gas Chambers to Waimea, where I currently reside. We live on the ocean at Waimea Bay Point with my mom's side of the family along our driveway.
I'm somewhat of a perfectionist, in moderation, of course. My pet peeves are: when the refrigerator door is kept open too long and when guys don't put the seat down; when people blend in and lose their uniqueness. I'd rather do something myself than ask someone else. It's just easier for me to do it so I don't have to wonder if they're doing it right, or if it'll turn out how I want it.
I love to paint and draw at night or at the end of a long day. Most people have journals to look back and remember times in their lives. Instead of words, my books are full of my drawings. I have one book I take everywhere. When people look through it, it's like they're getting to know me and I don't even have to say anything. If my house was burning down, my art books and paintings are things that I would definitely save. I've always loved art. I have a picture I had finger painted at a friend's birthday party when I was 5. It's got two blue suns and one blue cloud, two red sponged hearts and my right hand print in red with green finger tips. It's an inspirational piece because red and green are my favorite colors, and because it reminds me how long I've loved to paint and draw.
Q + A
Sponsors: O'Neill, Cobian, Angel Eyewear, Time Carroll Surfboards, Island Fin Design
Resides in: Waimea Bay Point, North Shore of O'ahu, Hawaii
Nicknames: Alano (that's what Sage calls me), Lulu
Local surf spot: Gas Chambers, Rocky Lefts
Favorite Surfers: Melanie Bartels, Tom Curren
Music: Anberlin, Saosin, Red Jumpsuit Apparatus
Movies: Princess Bride, The Devil Wears Prada (for all the fashion), My Best Friend's Wedding
Interests: Painting, drawing, photography
Food: Anything but capers and Vegemite (never actually tried it, but it smells disgusting).
Goals: Travel, go to college here or in California, find a career that I love.
Gnarliest Injury: Sprained my ankle playing AYSO soccer a year ago. Missed a few games and contests, went back and sprained the other ankle. I also got 5 stitches in my chin from hitting the Makaha backwash in a contest when I was 8 years old. Another 5 stitches on my head from the nose of my board shooting back at me underwater.
Most Embarrassing Moment: When I don't make heats in the NSSA
Traveled to: Indonesia's Mentawai Islands
Dream date: James Franco or Jared Leto for being musically inclined. And I always thought Torrey Meister was nice.
Must have O'Neill: Heiress O'Neill Premium Jean "Patch Pants"
Any surf films? Walking on Water - A Grom Dream Trip and Heart of a Soul Surfer -documentary on Bethany Hamilton
Best concert: Olivia the Band. When they come home to O'ahu, they always have a concert on the North Shore. It's like a family reunion.
In 5 years: I'll be 21. Either here or Cali for school. Still traveling on surf trips.
Current Focus: High school, surfing, work
Right before a session: Listen to Lauryn Hill
Dream session: Sage and I surfing anywhere in the Mentawais
Couldn't live without: God, music, surfing/ocean, art, people I love, traveling
1. Most embarrassing moment?
They happen daily, I can't keep track.
2. Favorite quote?
I don't have a a favorite quote, but I like to hear phrases that are funny or inspiring. the show 30 Rock has some funny ones.
3. Chocolate or Vanilla?
Dark chocolate bars, but vanilla chai lattes.
4. Glass on fins or fin systems? Why?
I haven't ridden enough boards wit glass ons to say which i like better. all of my boards i currently ride are fin systems.
5. Favorite surf destination and wave?
North Shore of Oahu. it's where I grew up and everything about it gives me an irreplaceable nostalgia.
6. Favorite maneuver?
7. Celebrity crush?
R.I.P. Heath Ledger
8. What's in your traveling quiver?
My 5'11'' and my 9'0'' single fin
9. Status (Married, single, whatever?)
Taken. by the most amazing, inspiring, artistic, h o t, selfless, humble, thoughtful, uniquely dressed individual. obviously.
10. Favorite website?
I like fun art and fashion blogs.
The Shins, The Kooks, Fleetwood Mac, The Bird and the Bee, The Beach Boys, The Beetles, Cold War Kids. My list is constantly expanding.
12. Biggest influence in your life?
13. Favorite Surfers?
People with soul and style.
14. What traits in the opposite sex are most attractive?
Voice, eyes, eyelashes, personality, wit, style.
15. Worst wipeout?
Getting held under at Sunset.
16. Words to live by?
They're all in the Bible.