Surfer Profile: Lisa Andersen

Lisa Andersen was the most stylish and most imitated female surfer in the world when she emerged along with her Roxy boardshorts, and proceeded to take over the world with her fast and dynamic surfing performances.

It was inevitable that Andersen was going to win multiple world titles; but more than that she can actually be named as the person who changed women’s surfing fashion forever, opening up massive dividends to the big surf clothing companies of the time, and she was as cute as a button the whole time.

For an era in the mid-nineties, it was the Slater and Andersen show on world championship tour, with everyone else fading into obscurity.


Place of BirthAmityville, New York, USA
HometownOrmond Beach, Florida, USA
Year of BirthMarch 8, 1969
WeightNot Known
Height5 ft, 7 in (170 cm)
First Season1990 Women’s CT


  • #370 Men’s CT 1991

Event Wins

Women’s Championship Tour

2000Billabong Pro – 1st place
1997Quit Classic – 1st place
Marui Pro – 1st place
Kahlua US Open of Women’s – 1st place
Buondi Sintra Pro – 1st place
Expo 98 Figueira 97 – 1st place
1996Rip Curl Women’s Pro – 1st place
CSI presents Billabong Pro – 1st place
Gotcha Lacanau Pro – 1st place
1995Quit Women’s Classic – 1st place
OP Pro – 1st place
Gotcha Lacanau Pro – 1st place
1994Quit Women’s Classic – 1st place
Reunion Surf Pro – 1st place
US Open of Surfing  – 1st place
Roxy Quiksilver Surfmasters – 1st place
1992Quit Women’s Classic – 1st place
Waiti Lacanau Women’s Pro – 1st place
Miyazaki Women’s Pro – 1st place
1991Trophee Feminin Bounty Ice Cream – 1st place
1990Bundaberg Rum Surf Masters – 1st place
Quit Women’s Classic – 1st place


  • Lisa Andersen began surfing at the age of 15 in Ormond Beach, Florida.
  • At 16, because of her parents disapproval of her love of surfing, she decided to run away to Huntington Beach, California to pursue her passion and train with the best surfers in America.
  • Subsequently, she entered amateur competitions and won 35 National Scholastic Surfing Association trophies in eight months and, later, the US Championships at Sebastien Inlet in 1987.
  • After this victory, she became a professional surfer and finished her first year on the tour ranked 12th and was elected Rookie of the Year.
  • She won her first pro event in 1990 in Australia, but she struggled with remaining focused throughout the competitive season with the multiple contests over the span of a surfing year. She later found improved concentration after the birth of her first child, daughter Erika. And only a month after giving birth, she reached the final in Japan.
  • After battling back injuries and giving birth to her second child, Mason, Andersen semi retired in 2001 and moved into a global brand ambassador role with Roxy.


Lisa Andersen’s sponsor was Roxy when she was active.


Lisa Anderen rode her favorite 5’7 Channel Islands Fred Rubble by Al Merrick.

News, Articles and Interviews

Review: “Trouble” The Lisa Andersen Story

Quotes by Lisa Andersen

If you look at the media coverage and surfing magazines, the one thing that really stands out is how hard it is to find a photo of a girl in a magazine unless it’s an ad. It’s kind of strange, still to this day. You see these great looking girls surfing so well that are amazingly talented… They are finally the total package.

Lisa Andersen

Surfing is a way to be free.

Lisa Andersen

When I was a teenager, surfing was life or death. It kind of separated me from reality, and I didn’t want to face some things that were happening at home or in my life. I discovered surfing and it was like, “Wow, no one can even get at me when I’m in the ocean.

Lisa Andersen

Other Activities and Interests

When not riding, Lisa Andersen loves to be in her garden and spending time with her family and their three dogs. She also loves taking them to Disneyland.

Interesting Facts

1. Lisa Andersen’s favorite place to travel is Hawaii.

2. Lisa Andersen’s best moment in her career is winning world titles.

3. Lisa Andersen’s fashion essentials are black one-piece swim, denim shorts, white linen up shorts and slides.

4. Lisa Andersen’s favorites moment with Roxy is being on a poster in Surfer Mag wearing the first ever female boardshorts, made by Roxy.

5. Lisa Andersen’s favorite maneuver is front from the top to the tail rail or a good old round house.

6. Lisa Andersen’s best surf trip is Quiksilver Crossing trips to Tahaiti, Maldives, Fiji and Indonesia.

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