With more than 1.9 million Facebook likes and 1.5 million Instagram followers, Alana Blanchard is quite possibly the most popular female surfer in the world and has proven she’s much more than a pretty face.
Hailing from the Hawaiian island of Kauai, Alana has won countless world surfing championships and gained a legion of loyal fans. We recently chatted with the sun-kissed Ripcurl model to get the inside scoop on her bikini body secrets, must-have beauty products and vegan diet.
Alana Blanchard talks surfing, travel and healthy eating
How did you get into surfing?
My dad pushed me into the water and taught me to surf when I was four years old. My passion for surfing grew from there.
What has been your biggest career highlight?
I think my biggest career highlight so far is being one of the top 17 surfers in the world.
What advice would you give to other young surfers wanting to get into professional surfing?
You have to have fun. Surfing is a feel good sport so you don’t want to lose that.
You must get asked to represent so many brands. Why do you choose to align yourself with Ripcurl?
I started riding for Ripcurl when I was 14 years old so the they are like family to me. They have helped me in so many ways with my career and I’ve never looked back.
Are you a one piece or bikini type of girl?
I love to switch it up. I think it’s fun to wear different styles.
Best tip for feeling confident in a swim suit?
We are all different so it is important to embrace our bodies for what they are. Young girls see images of models and believe that they have to look the same way, when that’s not the case at all.
Apart from surfing, what is your fitness regime like?
I love incorporating interval training and sprints into my workouts. I also enjoy mixing it up with Pilates and yoga, which are amazing for toning.
How important is healthy eating for you?
I’m a health food junkie and stick to a vegan diet. I have learnt that I feel so much better when I eat lean, clean foods.
What is your biggest indulgence?
Vegan banana bread and cookies – yum! When I’m travelling I always look for vegan treats to try.
Do you have a favourite holiday destination?
I recently went to the Maldives, which was pretty amazing.
Who inspires you?
My friends and family.
What do you do for fun in your down time?
Hang out with my friends and surf! Although surfing is my career, I honestly enjoy it so much that I spend most of my time in the water.
What are your summer beauty essentials?
Sunscreen and water are my absolute must-haves!
Where do you see yourself in five years time?
Maybe with a family and running my own fitness studio.