Lisa Andersen was in tears. The weight of reflecting on her improbably monumental career suddenly hit her like a ton of bricks, and her eyes began to well up, bulging with liquid. Gravity pulled a few drops of salt water from the corner of her eyes, and she confessed that she gets emotional easily.
We were standing at the entrance of the Roxy store in Laguna Beach beside an Andersen shrine that included the following items: a Surfer Poll Wrestling Belt, an ISA trophy, a magazine cover with a blurb that read “Lisa Andersen surfs better than you” (duh), a contest jersey, a Bells trophy she won (which she rang in store) a photo from G-Land of Lisa with Kelly Slater and the full Momentum Generation, and a bevvy of priceless artifacts earned by a gal who ran away from Florida in 1985 to eventually become the queen of surfing.
The event was celebrating the launch of her new collection with Roxy, and Andersen was blunt when it came to the early days. The first suit gave her a serious wedgie.