Bright Young Things: Sierra Lerback

Presented by Sun Bum

In March 2020, Sierra Lerback travelled from Maui to Australia on one of her regular surfing jaunts Down Under.

On arrival, she was informed that she had been on one of the final international flights anyone was going to be on for a while, thanks to ol’ mate Covid-19. One can only imagine how heart-rending that would’ve been for someone who calls Hawaii home, but instead of crying and thrashing and making a scene at the airport, Sierra moved to Noosa, tied the knot with her Aussie boyfriend and became the first woman to win the Old Mal division in the Noosa Festival of Surfing. Why not? We had some questions for her.

How do you think growing up in Hawaii has influenced you today?
Being raised in Hawaii really pushed me to always change up my surf craft and use the different shapes for different conditions.

What’s the very first thing you do when you wake up in the morning?
Snooze alarm at least once.

What first got you into surfing?
Living in a beachside community, it started as just something to do. A huge inspiration to me was getting to see the women’s billabong pro at Honolua Bay as a young girl, especially because there wasn’t a large number of women in the lineup at Honolua at that time.

What’s one thing you’ve made or project you’ve been a part of that you’re most proud of?
More recently, I’ve done a collaboration with a dear friend of mine, Charlee Swim, to create a ‘one size fits all’ surf suit. It’s always special to work with friends, more so when it’s something you believe in and in this case, its size inclusivity.

Favourite board in the quiver right now and why?
I’ve got a Harrison longboard model designed by Thomas Bexon and Harrison Roach that has been my go-to for the smaller days. It almost has an old mal feel to it with the roll through the bottom, it ploughs through the flat spots and loves the pocket.

What was the last thing that you read, saw, or listened to that inspired you?
Pretty much every time I surf with my husband Zye, I’m inspired by his nonchalant style… makes me wonder if he’s even trying.


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Another talent people might not know you have?
I’m really good at stalling dirt bikes.

If you could steal a skill off any surfer throughout the ages, who and what would it be?
Ryan Burch’s snap stall on a twin fin.

What does the world need more of in 2022?

Meet the rest of our Bright Young Things 2022 here.

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