These summer days we love in Biarritz

Early birds rewarded.
Cecilia Thibier and I went for an early session in the legendary spot of la côte des basques in the middle of summer and we got lucky enough to surf by ourselves before the crazy summer crowd joined us.

Photo credit Cecilia Thibier 

 

Mademoiselle of the Sea ➳ Isabelle Braly

Living the dream in the beautiful surf town Byron Bay, Isabelle Braly is the definition of what we call a ripper and we’re blessed to have her as one of our Mademoiselles of the Sea. 


Her surfing is the perfect combination of grace and style, combined with strong technique, and that rare sense of humbleness. 
Wearing the biggest smile, Izzy is a ball of positive energy and it’s always inspiring to surf around her. 
Here’s a little insight into Izzy’s busy life split between days at the beach, motherhood, and her professional life as a lawyer.
 

Ballerina style wearing the Lafitenia Surfsuit - Photo by @moceanmediahouse

LORE: Adopted Australian, you are originally from the US, where did you grow up and how did you get into surfing?

IZZY: I grew up on the beach in St Augustine, Florida. My dad owned the local surf shop. I had the luxury of being able to roll over in my bed an check the waves.

LORE: How long have you been surfing, and what types of boards do you ride?

IZZY: I started surfing on surfboards when I was about 7 years old. Prior to that I stood up and "surfed" on bodyboards. I mostly ride longboards but you can also catch me on the odd fat little shortboard as well. The last few years, I have been privileged with riding surfboards made by Thomas Bexon. Tom's boards have been magic for me.

Izzy and friend 

LORE: How did you end up in Australia? What made you decide to call Byron Bay home?

IZZY: I first came to Australia to surf and to study. I surfed a lot and studied a little. But then I ended up getting a professional job, falling in love, having a baby and now it's been 13 years!

LORE: You’ve been competing for years, on the LQS, the WSL’s Longboard tour, and at the Noosa Festival; which event was the most memorable for you? 

IZZY: I find this a difficult question to answer because I am not sure if I love any of the comps... anymore. Longboarding is easy for me to love but the professional women's longboarding tour is difficult for me to love. There are only a few competitions annually, the prize money is limited, the location of the competitions, like China, are often obscure and the waves generally are not dreamy.  

Critical section in the Parede Surf Tee - Photos by @moceanmediahouse

LORE: What events are you planning to enter this year?

IZZY: This year I don't have any plans to enter any big events. I entered the Noosa Logger, which was a nice weekend escape; and I will most likely enter the Evans Head Invitational in October. These are more family events which are more fun than professional.

LORE: How do you manage to train, keep surfing everyday while being a mom and having such an important job as being a lawyer?

IZZY: I juggle and do not prioritise sleep as much as I probably should. The baby/work life balance is a lie.

LORE: What’s your best surfing memory?

IZZY: Surfing Witch's Rock in Costa Rica with my long-time school Kristin. We thought we were the female versions of Pat and Wingnut from Endless Summer II. haha

LORE: Which surfing destination are you dreaming of going, or returning to?

IZZY: Awww the Telo Islands or Fiji look pretty good.

LORE: Who inspires you most in surfing? 

IZZY: Eric Walker. He is a local guy that absolutely loves to surf. He is in his sixties, hangs 10 everyday and reads waves with the utmost skill.

Izzy perched on the nose - Photo by @moceanmediahouse

LORE: We love seeing you in Lore of the Sea; how do our pieces make you feel? what’s your favorite suit?

IZZY: I love the Lafitenia surfsuit. I've been wearing it to death. Its just so easy to wear. It's designed beautifully: good boob support, the long sleeves are great for sun protection and it stays on without having to readjust after every wave or whitewash.

Rocking the Lafitenia Surfsuit - Photo by Michael Spazz 

Rocking the Lafitenia Surfsuit - Photo by Michael Spazz 

Test session in Paradise

Before releasing each new style we make sure it's surf-proof. Last February we went on a girls session with local shredder Roisin Carolan and outstanding aqua photographer Fran Miller to action test the potential of our new suits.

We're not sure what makes those pictures look so dreamy... is it the waves? the place? the colour of the water? the suits? or simply Fran's talented eye behind the lens?

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Sunset in Biarritz // Bask Country

Here in the Atlantic we sometimes experience big tides. Their immense power shapes the coastal landscape into a transformed ethereal vision. 

When those rare days are lined up with a perfect sunset we had to immortalise the moment...

Local photographer Cecilia Thibier came along to snap these postal card frames. 

Mademoiselle of the Sea ➳ Sierra Lerback

Not only she is beautiful, she rips in style!
Sierra Lerback, 19 years old was lucky enough to be born in the beautiful island of Maui in Hawaii.

INTERVIEW

LORE: Tell us a bit about you, how long have you been surfing for, how did you get hooked? 

SIERRA: My fortunate upbringing on the island of Maui has given me the opportunity to have world class waves not even 10 minutes from my house, like Honolua bay. I have been surfing since i can remember- my dad put me on a board at the age of 3 & around the age of 7 I got my own board... And I was hooked! There are so many great waves on this little island, it's the perfect place for a surfer. 

LORE: What do you love most about surfing?

SIERRA: Being on a wave is the most invigorating feeling- almost like flying. I can never quite pin point what I love so much about surfing, it could be the countless hours of being in the ocean and washing all of my worries away, or just the lifestyle that goes with it. Surfing has brought so much happiness & experience to my life and it's my favorite thing in this world!  

LORE: How do you feel about being a female in the line up?

SIERRA: Being a female in the line up can be challenging at times, especially when you aren't at your local spots. I love it either way! Surfing with the boys always motivates me to go big. 

LORE: What’s your are favorite spot?

SIERRA: My favorite place to surf on Maui is Honolua bay- it's a dream. There are 5 different peaks there that are all absolutely perfect barreling waves in crystal clear water. 
My favorite wave to travel to would have to be in Noosa. Going to the Noosa Fest every year is the best excuse to score great waves and get to enjoy the atmosphere. 

LORE: Where are you dreaming to go surfing?

SIERRA: I'm dreaming about going to West Java! By the looks of it, there's perfect waves for any board.

LORE: How is life on such a beautiful Island like Maui ?

SIERRA: Being born and raised on an island has truly been a blessing. Surrounded by beautiful waterfalls, incredible beaches, and breathtaking views it's difficult to get bored here. It's a small island with a big family vibe- there's so much aloha and love for one another. The ocean is apart of most people's every day life and it brings us all together, whether it be surfing or just beach BBQs, everyone gets together and has a good time. 

LORE: Your favorite surf suit of Lore of The Sea?

SIERRA: My favorite surf suit is the Loia! It's the perfect suit to surf in & not to mention adorable. 

LORE: Who is your biggest inspiration in surfing?

SIERRA: My biggest surfing inspiration is Leah Dawson. She rips at everything she does with one of the most unreal styles I have ever witnessed! 

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