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ON THE COVER ALANA
BLANCHARD More than just a pretty face; meet Alana, one of today’s rising stars
THE CALIFORNIA COAST Exploring hundreds of miles of coastline with waves as diverse as its terrain
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Beach guide for surf, fun, hair, body, storage, & transportation
DEPARTMENTS 32 RAILS & TALES
Surfing the California coast
36 RAILS & TALES
Savannah Bradley: Mainland Mexico
LIFESTYLE 46 SUPER NUTRITION FOR
SUPER SURFING Tips for what and when to eat, for optimum strength and stamina in the water
60 SKIM THIS!
The progression of women’s skimboarding
62 1,000 WAVES LATER….
What’s your wave count?
82 SPOTLIGHT ON
89 BEGINNER TIPS & TRICKS
The A, B, C’s of safe surfing
BEACH BLANKET YOGA Stretch out, before you paddle out!
50 STAYING FIT WITH PRO SURFER
COURTNEY CONOLOGUE Indoboard core cross-training
56 TRASH TO TREASURE
Tomorrow’s treasure may be closer than you think!
64 NO WAVES? NO PROBLEM!
Finding joy in another ocean of green
68 ESSENTIAL LUXURIES
Beach guide for surf, fun, hair, body, storage, & transportation
R A I L S & TA L E S
SURFING the california coast COASTAL CAMPING IN THE GOLDEN STATE
alifornia is a varied and majestic surfing frontier offering hundreds of miles of coastline with waves as diverse as its
terrain. From Southern California, hub of the world surf industry and home to more surfer per capita than any other regionâ€Śto the Central Coast, land of sprawling hills and center of agriculture, the Golden State is the perfect place to embark on a camping road trip in search of surf and scenery.
R A I L S & TA L E S
DON’T FORGET TO PACK: EXTRA TOWELS
You can never have enough dry towels. A WARM FULLSUIT
Staying warm is good, especially for extra long sessions. POST-SURF SNACK & BOTTLED WATER
Re-fuel on the go and extend your beach day. LAPTOP & CAMERA
Many campgrounds now offer WiFi. STURDY SHOES
A must for exploring. PLENTY OF SUNSCREEN & LIP BALM
Windy afternoons can leave your lips and skin parched beyond belief. A THERMAL BLANKET
Nighttime temperatures can dip unexpectedly; bring an extra blanket to be sure you don’t wake up shivering. AN AIR MATTRESS
If you like “glampin” more than camping, an air mattress can turnthe back of your station wagon or SUV into a luxurious bed. YOUR FAVORITE SUP
Explore waveless areas by stand up paddle board.
Heading north through concrete jungles and crowded peaks, Leo Carillo State Park in North L.A. County greets travelers with one of the area’s most picturesque set-ups, complete with a massive rock in the lineup. Green walls peeling over cobblestone, a wide, sandy beach and flat camping spaces make Leo Carillo an excellent base for surf and slumber. Visit Malibu, located several miles south, for more point break perfection or opt for the less-crowded peaks and close proximity of Count Line, just north. Highway 1 winds through scattered pockets of urban sprawl and sleepy expanses of lonely beach en route to one of California’s most prized waves. As the ribbon of asphalt noticeably narrows and water temperatures become chilly, Rincon grows closer. Also known as “The Queen of the Coast,” this cobbled right point promises ¼-mile-long rides
into a tranquil bay and an unfortunately small swell window due to the Channel Islands lying off shore. About twenty miles farther, Santa Barbara’s plethora of restaurants, shopping, and historic missions are well worth a visit. It’s only as Santa Barbara becomes a fading speck in the rearview mirror that the Central Coast begins to hint at its breath-taking beauty; gentle, verdant hills punctuated by gnarled, ancient oaks and bountiful crops idly juxtaposed with secret, hidden beaches and craggy, windwhipped coves. Casually meandering north, Highway 1 reachesBig Sur, a contrast of forest, mountains, and ocean renowned for its sublime terrain and spectacular vistas. Climbing higher, the road assumes a new character as it swings along high cliffs and mossy trees, sometimes revealing pockets of thick fog below. With coastal access often limited by long hikes and rough topography, this area offers just a handful of surf options and none more curious than the Big Surf Rivermouth. Winds whip down the river valley and blow almost constantly offshore across the driftwood-laden beach, helping to shape this fast, and sometimes hollow, river-rock/ sandbar right. Located within Andrew Molera State Park, reaching the river mouth requires a quick hike on relatively flat ground. For more information on breaks and waves, Surfing California, by Bank Wright, is an invaluable resource. To further explore coastal camping options and plan your own journey, www.park.ca.gov provides detailed descriptions and directions.
A L A N A
B L A N C H A R D MORE THAN JUST A PRETTY FACE
AGE 19 | HOME BREAK Hanalei, Kauai | YEARS SURFING 12 | FAVORITE BOARD I love my 5’9”, 18” 1/8, 2”, Boysen squash tail
BIGGEST WAVE RIDDEN
SPONSORS Ripcurl, Reef, Spy Optics, Sticky Bumps, Steve Boysen Surfboards, Vertra, Future Fins
AT A GLANCE Your two best friends: Keiale Chung, Camille Brady, Leila Hurst Favorite color: Blue Bikini bottoms or boardshorts: Bikini bottoms Party or just hangout: Just hanging out Paper or plastic: Paper Boxers or briefs (on guys): Boxers 3 most important things in your suitcase: Bikinis, a li’l black dress, and conditioner Last book you read: Twilight, duh Last movie you watched: Semi Pro Neat, kinda-messy, messy: Kinda messy Favorite foods: Fruit What guy do you think is HOT: My boyfriend…hehe Skill/talent you have: Making frosties Skill/talent you WISH you had: Making bikinis Favorite verse/quote: “You can do it” Best dessert you can actually make (not buy): Pumpkin Crunch How can a guy get a date with you: He can’t…hehehe
Tell us how you got started surfing. Where was it, how old were you, who taught you, what board did you ride, what breaks did you surf? I was 4 years old when my dad started to push me into waves at the Hanalei Pier and Pinetrees on one of his boards. I don’t really remember the first time I surfed, but by the time I way 9 years old I just loved it and I’d would go everyday. How long did you compete before winning your first contest, and when was it? I started to compete when I was around 9 years old. The only age division they had for girls in NSSA and HASA at that time was 17 & under. I can’t remember my first win, but I did qualify for Nationals in the 17 & under division when I was `2’ I ended up getting 4th place that year, so that was a big accomplishment for me. What do you love the most about surfing contests/free surfing? I love free surfing because its fun and makes me happy. It’s what I live for. I definitely like free surfing more, but I do like contests when the surf is good because you get to surf with only a few girls out, and I do love competitions. I need to keep working on surfing smaller waves because most contests are held when the waves are small and the conditions are not that good. Best breaks you’ve surfed? I love my home break the most. Would you ever want to compete in the Eddie?
I don’t think so. They don’t run it until it’s 20ft and you have to surf against the most aggressive big wave surfers in the world. Did you get a lot of fame from winning the Reef Hawaiian Pro at Haleiwa? I probably got more exposure from winning that contest than any other contest that I have won, which isn’t all that many. All my sponsors put it on their websites and also Surfline and the various sur f magazine websites. The way the contest was covered on the webcast made a big difference compared to past contest that I have been in. It was actually live on TV. You can now watch surfing contests live on TV. Its in HD and is crystal clear. After winning such a prestigious title, have you noticed a change in how other girls treat you on the tour? All the girls treat me well, and everyone is really nice. Nothing has changed as far as that goes. Who do you dread competing against the most & why? Well, all the girls are really hard, but definitely girls like Stephanie, Coco, Sally, Sophia, and Silvana, because they are really good competitors as well as being great surfers. Who in surfing do you respect the most? Probably Stephanie because she has such a good, powerful
style and she just seems to stay really composed, even when she is down in a heat. What do you think you would be up to, if you weren’t surfing…or if you had been born somewhere like Kansas? I have no idea. I probably would be in school, hopefully, or living on a farm. In what country did you experience culture shock the most, and how? Probably Brazil. Just seeing the Vabelas, the slums of Brazil, up on the mountains was really eye opening. It is pretty much where all the poor people live and where a lot of crime happens. It is house on top of house, and it’s just going all the way up the mountains. It’s just crazy! Where do you want to travel to, that you have not already been yet? Morocco seems like it would be an interesting place to go and the waves look really good. How does it feel to be referred to as one of the prettiest surfers in the world? I think its really funny and cool I guess, but there are so many pretty surfer girls out there. Look at all the girls on the WCT and the WQS. There are so many pretty girls that they would have a hard time deciding which 12 girls to pick if they ever wanted to do a calendar. Any scary travel stories that stand out in your memory?
Yes, Australian customs thought I was smuggling drugs into Australia, so they detained me for 3 hours for questioning and wanted to take me to the hospital and have a stomach xray to see if I swallowed drugs. They were pretty rude to me and wouldn’t even let me make a phone call so that I could let Laura Enever, who was picking me up at the airport, know why I wasn’t there to be picked up. I had just done a 17-hour flight, so I was already at the end of my rope. When they finally let me go, Laura had gone home thinking I missed my flight. I couldn’t get a hold of Laura and by that time it was really late, so I called my dad in Hawaii where it was like 2am. He called Rip Curl in Australia and they got a hold of Laura and she came and got me. Other hobbies you love? I’m getting into sewing and cooking. Do you cross-train? Yeah, I try to stay active. I like to bike or do some pilates or yoga when I’m not surfing. I also have an elliptical trainer that I use on a regular basis. Looking forward, what do you see yourself doing after the tour? Traveling and starting a family. How do you want to be remembered in life? Just as really nice person.
BEAUTY REGIMEN “I love makeup! I’ll spend hours in Sephora just looking at all of it. I really love Mac and Stila. I also try to take really good care of my hair, and because it’s always in the sun, I have to make sure I condition it everyday. Sometimes I’ll do and oil treatment with olive oil, and that is a really good way to deeply moisturize you hair. I do the treatment one a week or once every two weeks; I use extra Virgin olive oil or sometimes I use Aveda essential oils. ”
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