Talk Story with Alicia Yamada

I was lucky enough to get the chance to catch up with one of our Pakaloha team riders, Alicia Yamada.  Thanks so much for chatting with me, Alicia, and stay tuned for more interviews with our epic team of surfers!

Where are you from?

I was born and live in Lahaina Maui Hawaii! 

What type of board do you ride?

I ride valley isle surfboards or Tokoro surfboards. These boards are shaped in Hawaii by local People of Hawaii, and I appreciate that.

What got you into surfing?

My dad got me into surfing as well as my 2 older brothers ... My dad surfs more than me to this day , Actually he surfs more then his 3 kids combined!  …quite the legend!

Alicia Yamada

Where is your favorite place to surf?

My favorite place to surf .. I have quite a few favorite places but if I have to narrow it down to  one.. it would have to be a mystical place that looks fun with no one around! Otherwise .. it's the bay! Honolua bay of course.. with everyone else and they cuzins!

Why do you choose Pakaloha?

Pakaloha chose me! Hahaha they have great suits and vibrant colors that stay on good while surfing ... and Julie is one the most amazing beautiful people in the world!

What is your favorite surfing-related memory?

Each day that I get to surf is a very special memory.. a blessing that I'm sooo grateful for...but I guess when the waves are firing .. and I secretly scared inside .. and my stomach is nervous and I finally get the balls to paddle out.. and actually get in a good rhythm and catch some fun waves .. that's got to be the best!  Very rewarding and satisfying I must say!

You guys can find Alicia on Instagram and on the island of Maui repping Pakaloha bikinis out on the water!