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Alana Blanchard at the EDP Cascais Girls Pro in 2013
|Born||Alana Rene Blanchard
March 5, 1990
Kauai, Hawaii, United States
|Sponsors||Rip Curl, Reef, SPY Optic, Sticky Bumps, GoPro, Rockstar, Channel Islands|
|Favorite waves||Hanalei Bay|
Alana Rene Blanchard (born March 5, 1990) is an American professional surfer and model. Blanchard has surfed on the ASP World Tour, though she has indicated she may take a break from competitive surfing in 2015. Blanchard also designs and models Rip Curl swimwear, particularly a line of wetsuits specifically for surfing. Being one of the most recognised female surfers in the world she is often scapegoated as over-sexualizing female surfing with her seductive Instagram account of over 1.7 million followers. She is in a relationship with Australian pro surfer Jack Freestone. Blanchard is a vegan.
Alana is the daughter of Holt Blanchard. Both Alana and her father are friends of fellow surfer Bethany Hamilton, and they were present when Hamilton suffered the shark attack that cost her an arm. Blanchard was played by actress Lorraine Nicholson in the 2011 film Soul Surfer.
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.
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