The Surfersvillage Interview
Yes she surfs for a living, but it's more complicated than that
Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 5 July, 2015 - We’ve been proud to report on Alana’s accomplishments from the very early years (she was with Bethany during THE shark attack) to the not-so-early years (two Pipe titles!) all the way up to her recent stint on the World Tour. But unfortunately Pipe titles and the Top 17 elite don’t sell bikinis the way good, honest modeling mojo can.
Try to find a photo of Alana Blanchard that doesn’t show off her butt. It’s difficult. It’s like she always running away from whoever is photographing her. And while media focuses on how her butt looks, Alana’s moved on to other things, like next-level mental training for surf contests (yes, it’s true and you read it here first).
How would you describe what you do for work to a very small, inattentive child?
I’m lucky enough to do what I love for a living. I slide down waves in the ocean for work.
What is that you do professionally that you are most proud of?
I’m most proud of having done well on the contest scene for a while. As much as I don’t feel like I want to surf in contests anymore, I was able to make the Championship Tour a few times and even managed to win a couple of major events against some of the best surfers in the world. I’m also very proud of what we’ve been able to accomplish with the woman’s swimwear collection at Rip Curl. It’s been a fun ride helping make what have become some of the best suits in the industry.
What are you currently working on that you’re really excited about? We heard you’re using a new app to train.
Yeah I’m really excited to be an ambassador for HeadTrainer, an app that helps athlete performance by improving mental functions. I wish this app would have been available when I was a kid, people don’t realize how much of a mental sport surfing is. It’s cool that kids are now realizing that it takes more than just your physical ability to excel at something.
Tell us what has been your biggest mistake?
I’ve definitely made plenty of mistakes along the way, but maybe the mistake that I make the most often, is overcommitting myself. I have a tough time saying “no”.
What did you learn from that mistake?
I’ve learned that in order to give my best to things that I care about, I’ve got to give them my full attention. I’m still in the midst of learning that one though! J
Share with us your biggest Rocky Balboa moment (you know, punching meat in a freezer then running up the steps of City Hall with your own special theme music blaring.)
Being on the World Tour probably, or winning two Women’s Pipeline Championships. There are so many talented women surfers these days, and I feel that just being on tour is a huge accomplishment.
If you weren’t doing this, what would you be doing? Selling shoes?
Traveling the world and being an animal activist!