Surf Like a Girl Pro Interview: Rochelle Ballard

Timid is not a word that describes Rochelle Ballard. She always manages to impress us, whether it’s fearlessly dropping in on a monster wave at Teahupoo or determinedly competing in an ASP contest. Rochelle has finished in the Top 10 in the women’s division of the World Championship Tour every year since 1994, has been know to spend more time in the tube than most of her male counterparts. A huge supporter of women’s surfing since the start, Ballard co-founded International Women’s Surfing (IWS) and has been teaching and empowering newbie surfer girls with her surf camp and more recently with her surf competition, the O’Neill Island Girl Junior Pro. Below, our Surf Like a Pro interview with Rochelle.

Last album you downloaded: “Dub Side of the Moon” by Easy Star Dub All-stars

Last book you read: “Golf is Not a Game of Perfect” by Dr. Bob Rotella

Guilty pleasure TV show: “America’s Next Top Model”

Favorite comfort food: Dark chocolate or cookies

Last splurge: Victoria’s Secret

Advice for beginners: Don’t be scared. It’s better to be calm and think about the feeling you get from the water and your surroundings than your lack of skill in the ocean.

Hero: Rell Sunn, my Dad, and anyone who inspires me.

Favorite rainy day activity: Read, write, watch movies, listen to music, take care of my bus, spray boards, go shopping…

Pet peeve: A dirty house.

The perfect date: Home cooking, fine wine, great music and conversation, laughter, dancing, and a walk on the beach.

Who I’d cast to play me in the movie of my life: Drew Barrymore or Cameron Diaz.

Pets: Black lab, golden retriever, and a cat.

Bathing suit or commando under your wetsuit: ‘mando. I like to feel free!

Why I surf: I love the ocean for everything it is and has done for my life.

Words to live by: Day by day, live in the moment with unconditional love, take life’s good and bad as opportunities to grow, and enjoy all the experiences that life has to offer.

We also asked Rochelle what she brings on an everyday surf session:

Al Merrick, Channel Islands surfboard,

5’7″ to 6’3″

O’Neill Gooru full suit

O’Neill bikinis in all shapes and colors

Lancome Aqua Fusion Teinte SPF 20

and Shiseido Sun Protection Stick

Foundation SPF 35 (for face)

Lancome Soliel Ultra Protection

Face and Body Lotion SPF 40 (for body)

Aveda Lip Tint SPF 15

Pond’s Clean Sweep towelettes

Sticky Bumps surf wax and wax comb

Bottled water

Cliff Bars and dark chocolate from the health

food store

Oliver Peoples sunglasses

Jean shorts or pants, belt and a tank top,

Reef sandals


To see more of Rochelle, check out her wellness retreat on the North Shore of Hawaii, Surf into Yoga

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