Girls Gone Wild: Lisa Andersen

In the new issue of TransWorld Surf (6 #10), we have a feature called “Girls Gone Wild. Don’t get too excited, the girls are a clothed (in bikinis!) and are so damn fit they could probably whip your perverted ass in a heartbeat. I can say this because I actually was whipped with a wet towel, on my bare ass, by Keala Kennelly, on our ten-day boat trip to the fabled Mentawai Island chain off the coast of Sumatra. Throughout the week, I will be posting interviews I did with the fine ladies of women’s surfing. Enjoy ’em and feel free to send any questions you have to me at jcote@twsnet.com. To answer everyone’s first question, no, I did not hook up with any of the girls, I’m a professional (and I have zero game). A million thanks go out to Anthony at Saraina Koat Mentawai Charters—check out their website at www.mentawaiislands.com.

First up we have Lisa Andersen, four time world champ, teenage runaway, hot mom, Florida resident, and the woman who began the female surfing revolution.

Lisa “Champ Andersen

TransWorld: Anytime I talk to any of these other girls, they’re like “Lisa Andersen this, Lisa Andersen that, what’s up with that?

Lisa: They’re drunk or seasick.

No really, why?

I don’t know, because I’m old. I was here before them.

But you’re hot.

No I’m not.

Yes you are. Just deal with it.

I guess you could say I’m a mentor, just because I’ve been there longer. Rochelle is the only one close to my age.

The first thing that came out of her mouth was “Lisa Andersen.

I’ve known Rochelle for a long time.

Are you not comfortable in the spotlight?

No, I am. It’s just hard to talk about yourself. But it’s flattering to be mentioned all the time. For me, just being on this trip, it’s like going back to school, because I haven’t been surfing that much, or with them (the other six girls). Everything is a step above what it used to be. You have to charge a bit harder, and push yourself a bit further. I end up exhausted by the end of the day, I’m just too tired to keep going.

Because we were dancing all night?

(Laughs) My hips were sore that other morning.

I’m sorry about that.

I don’t dance that much, only with them. I don’t dance at home because when I’m there I’m a parent and I take care of the household.

You have two kids?

Yeah, two kids.

Do you know what a M.I.L.F. is?

(Laughs) I just recently found out what that means. I’ve heard it yelled out a couple times in Huntington, I’ve had a lot of things yelled out at me before, and then K.K. said it to me one time and I was like “What the hell? I also saw American Pie a while ago so…

Anyway, women’s surfing.

Back to the subject.

When you were a kid, who were some of the surfers you looked up to, male or female?

When I was younger, there weren’t a lot of girls surfing, as far as the East coast goes. I didn’t know Frieda (Zamba) that well. I just looked up to the guys because they were…better looking (laughs). No, I don’t mean it that way, I just never really had a girl as a mentor. I just didn’t and that’s the way it was. I looked up to Tom Curren and Martin Potter, probably the best guys. I would still claim Curren as a mentor, to this day. I think people tend to forget about him. I always look back to where it started, and that’s how you mold yourself. Curren was so stylish and I studied all of his surfing.

Potter was so hairy though. You like hairy guys?It wasn’t so much the hair. He was very exciting and I was super attracted to him. He was like untouchable, unstoppable.

So you do like hairy guys.

(Laughs) No. He had a different approach to surfing. I like to lean towards the race down the line, and do that big turn type of surfing. I liked that because I couldn’t surf in contests at first, it took me some time to figure it out. Then when he won his world title, I said “Okay, I can see how to put together a whole repotoire. I look up to him a lot.

Speaking of world titles, you’ve won four of them. That’s an amaziing achievement.

Sure, four titles is nice. Five would be nicer.

It seems like you’re going in a new direction now. What’s in the future for Lisa Andersen?

I really don’t know. I know that contest surfing really isn’t my thing anymore–and hasn’t been for a while. I would really enjoy being somewhere where I can see the girls again, like a Roxy contest director or something, or hooking up on a boat trip or something.

With writers?

No, no, with girls.

Oh, I get it.

As in hanging out with girls, surfing. You know, catching up, laughing, having a good time. Stop it, you dirty bastard! I have to have these things to keep me connected and keep surfing happy and interesting, otherwise the motherhood thing takes over and you lose who you are. For me, I have to keep connected to that or I’ll become real unhappy. I love my kids and everything–they’re my whole life, but I am a surfer, and I have to keep that part of me going. Being a part of events and trips keeps me happy. I’ll probably end up being a part of Quiksilver and Roxy and growing with the company. I want to help everybody as much as I can.

What advice do you have for the groms?

Don’t do what I did–thirteen stitches is brutal. I spent my whole life surfing and now I’m thirty-five and I finally get stitches in my head. Advice for groms? There’re so many opportunities for kids these days in surfing. When I started there were no camps, there was no support whatsoever. I think if you fall in love with something, like surfing, and you find that’s what you want to do, then go for your dreams. For me, I went for it, and luckily I met the right people and fell in love with the wrong people, and just lived my life the way I wanted to. I experienced the best times of my life through surfing. I would advise anybody to just follow your dreams.