A pioneer for women’s surfing, Lisa Andersen won four successive world titles from 1994 to 1997. She became the first woman to grace to cover of Surfer Magazine in 1995, which was a really big deal back in the day. A mother of two and a global Roxy ambassador, Lisa is one of the greatest figures of modern-day surfing.
We’re stoked to interview Lisa about her life, surfing and her new collection Roxy Life x Lisa Andersen.
Interview by Beth Franklin
The first one. That stays with me forever. I honestly don’t even think about the others ones as there was not a moment during those because of the way they happened. I didn’t win in the same way I won the first one. The others weren’t the same because of what I overcame to get there.
All the other ones, I’d done enough in the points and the person behind me didn’t make it. The first one was all the build-up, and all the struggles you carried with you to get to that place, and it finally happened. There’s nothing that’s ever going to be quite like that.
Some of today’s surf groms are off the the scale, what has contributed to making today’s young surf stars so good?
I recognise a tonne of under 18’s right now, even a tonne of under 16’s. One of the things that’s contributed is the wave pools. The fact that a lot of the younger surfers, girls and guys, have parents that are ex professionals too.
I was a tomboy so I always felt very exposed in bikini’s and swimsuits, and my approach to surfing was super aggressive and I didn’t like the fact that I felt so uncomfortable so I always wore men’s boardshorts. I wasn’t alone a lot of other girls did too. So that was a wake-up call for Quiksilver in general.
So that was how it started, I was basically a mould for that. But also that’s what I wanted too, wearing boardshorts made me feel so much more comfortable. Like a superpower. There was an invincibility, you could surf the way you wanted to and you had confidence. That was the main reason.
I love designing and being a part of that process was so fun, and for all the older Roxy girls from my generation, the ladies I run into that are still wearing Roxy in their 50s, 40s, 30s, this gives them a nod.
I love designing and being a part of that process was so fun, and for all the older Roxy girls from my generation, the ladies I run into that are still wearing Roxy in their 50s, 40s, 30s, this gives them a nod. This is sort of a reunion so to speak for them. I know they still want to wear Roxy, and they probably struggle still because of the demographic being a little younger. I wanted to make something everyone could relate to and be reminded of the heritage and the authenticity of the brand. It’s exciting.
Yeah. Don’t do that. No I’m kidding. I honestly say the same thing a lot, if its your passion you know you have to put everything in to it. It sounds cliché but its deeper than that. It’s hard work and dedication, there’s going to be things that knock you off your board. But if it feels right follow your gut. If it feels right, that’s where you’re supposed to be.