Lisa Andersen

Huntington Beach, 1995

Everybody wants to surf like Kelly Slater, guys and girls. Try to surf like the best. Aim high, you know?

Parts of this interview were used in “Lisa Andersen: Against the Tide,” by Matt Warshaw, which was published in the March 1996 issue of Live magazine. Andersen was 26 when the interview took place, with a two-year-old daughter. A few months later she won the third of her four straight world titles.

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You grew up in Virginia?

Partly. We moved a lot. I went to like five different schools as a kid. When we moved to Ormond Beach I was devastated. I hated my parents for about three months...