Alisha Gonsalves

The Wahine

Sep 20, 2007
Outside Magazine
Alisha Gonsalves

   Photo: Photo by Robert Maxwell

Alisha Gonsalves
Gonsalves sleeps with a security blanket at night, but during the day she rides six-foot waves at V-Land, a hollow wave popular with Oahu locals. The 14-year-old Honolulu-based surfer has been on a board since age six, with help from her dad, pro surfer David Gonsalves. "I always thought surfing was going to be a big part of my life, because it was a big part of my family's life," she says. She's won global kids' comps like the 2006 Maui & Sons Grommet, at Gold Coast, Australia, and has already picked up modeling gigs from her sponsor Roxy. Next summer, she'll make her first attempt at San Clemente, California's National Scholastic Surfing Association National Championship, the country's top amateur competition.

—Vanessa Pierce

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