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Alana Blanchard
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Blanchard in October 2013
Personal information
Born Alana Rene Blanchard
March 5, 1990 (1990-03-05) (age 31)
Kauai, Hawaii, United States
Nickname Lana
Residence Kauai, Hawaii, United States
Height 5 ft 8 in (1.73 m)
Surfing career
Sponsors Hurley, Reef, SPY Optic, Sticky Bumps, GoPro, Rockstar, Channel Islands
Surfing specifications
Stance Natural (Regular)
Shaper(s) Al Merrick
Favorite waves Hanalei Bay
Favorite maneuvers Airs

Alana Rene Blanchard (born March 5, 1990) is an American professional surfer and model. Blanchard has surfed on the ASP World Tour.

Early life

Blanchard is the daughter of Holt and Cydney Blanchard. She has 2 brothers Byron (older) and Dorian (younger). Both she and her father are friends of fellow surfer Bethany Hamilton, and they were present when Hamilton suffered the shark attack that cost her left arm at age thirteen. Blanchard was played by actress Lorraine Nicholson in the 2011 film Soul Surfer.

Career

Alana Blanchard was first taught how to surf when she was just 4 years old by her father, Holt. Alana rode her first wave at Hanalei Pier in Kauai. Then went on to compete for the first time when she was 9 years old. Blanchard took first place in shortboard at the 2005 T&C Women's Pipeline Championships. She has also won championships in the following:

  • The Women's Pipeline Championships, Hawaii
  • The Rip Curl Girls Festival Junior Pro, Spain
  • The Roxy Pro Trials in Haleiwa, Hawaii
  • The Billabong Pro Pre Trials in Hookipa, Maui
  • The Volcom Pufferfish Surf Series in Pinetrees, Kauai.

Beginning in 2004, Blanchard also established her professional relationship with Rip Curl swimwear, in which she designed and modeled, including a line of wetsuits. In 2020, Rip Curl ended their sponsorship which Blanchard believes was due to her becoming a mother. In a statement, Rip Curl denied that this was the reason blaming it on an inability for Rip Curl and Blanchard to agree to terms of a new deal. In May 2017, the Hawaiian surfer launched the Alana Blanchard Foundation (ABF) with the goal of supporting female talent in the sport of surfing. She also has a large influence on social media with 1.8 million followers on Instagram and 102K subscribers on Youtube.

Personal life

In 2013, Blanchard began dating Australian pro surfer Jack Freestone after they met while on the North Shore of Oahu, HI. In June 2017, the couple announced that they were expecting their first child. Their son, Banks Harvey, was born on December 2, 2017. The couple became engaged in June 2019. On the 6th March 2021, the couple announced they were expecting a second child, due in July.

She is a long time best friend and supporter of Bethany Hamilton.

Blanchard is vegan.

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