Sanoe Lake

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to navigation Jump to search
Sanoe Lake
Born (1979-05-19) May 19, 1979 (age 42)
Kauai, Hawaii, U.S.
OccupationActress, model, surfer
(m. 2007)

Sànoe Lake (born May 19, 1979) is an American actress, model, and surfer.


Lake was born and raised in Kauai, Hawaii. She is of Hawaiian, Japanese and English descent.[1] Her name "Sànoe" means "The Mist of the Mountains."

She was a known tomboy and thrill seeker when she was growing up earning herself the nickname "Sanoe boy." Lake surfed competitively throughout her teens. At thirteen Lake moved from Kauai to the island of Oahu to attend high school. She was discovered when she was fifteen years old by a manager on the beach of Oahu's North Shore when she came in from surfing.[citation needed] Soon after she began modeling internationally.[2] Lake had a successful career working as a professional model outside of the action sports industry; however, she became dissatisfied with the modeling industry stating that it often felt "shallow and empty."


Lake was the face used to launch the brand Roxy. The early Roxy campaigns that featured Sanoe were shot by the New York fashion photographer Dewy Nicks.[3] The campaigns are credited for helping to create a new genre within the surfing industry for females by broadening their representation outside of competitive surfing.

Lake was one of the first female surfers to come out of the surfing industry and cross over into mainstream media. She became known as the "Princess of Surf" throughout the surfing industry due to her multidimensional career. She has been featured on the cover of dozens of magazines and has been featured in various commercials worldwide. Some of the television commercial campaigns Lake was featured in were Target, Mastercard, Gap, Volkswagen, Eddie Bauer and MTV. Some of the magazines Lake was featured in were Elle, Vogue, Vanity Fair, W, Cosmopolitan, Variety, Sports Illustrated, Seventeen, People, Shape and Teen magazine.[citation needed] She wrote the book, Surfer Girl.[4]

Lake starred in the music videos "Stella" (1999 version) by Jam & Spoon and "If I Could Fall in Love" by Lenny Kravitz (2003).[5]

Sanoe is best known for starring in the cult classic movie Blue Crush (Universal Studios and Imagine Entertainment) in 2002. She was nominated for an MTV Movie Award for her role in the film along with actresses Kate Bosworth and Michelle Rodriguez.[citation needed] In 2005, Lake became part of the cast for the film Cruel World starring alongside Edward Furlong and Jaime Pressly. She went on to play the role of Rain in Rolling in 2007. In 2008 Lake stars as Gina, alongside Devon Sawa in the film The Darkness.[6]

She landed the lead role in the 2008 film Half-Life and played the role of Pamela. The film received critical acclaim when it premiered in the 2008 Sundance Film Festival and went on to win the Gen Art Acura Grand Jury Prize 2008, the Asian American International Film Festival Best Feature Film Award, the San Francisco International Asian American Film Festival Best Narrative Feature Award, and the Visionary Award at Calgary's Fairy Tales International. It was also nominated for the Tokyo Grand Prix at the Tokyo International Film Festival.[citation needed]

From 2003 to 2013 Sanoe was contracted to be a face of Billabong Girls. During the decade Lake was contracted with Billabong she was featured in numerous international print campaigns and commercials for the company. During her final year's with Billabong Lake became the ambassador of Design For Humanity. Design for Humanity is an art-fashion-music showcase held at Paramount Studios in Hollywood, California. The block party festival features music, fashion shows, live art auctions and organic food trucks to raise funds for nonprofit organizations that are linked to the surfing community. Lake went on international missions trips to work directly with the nonprofit organizations Design For Humanity donated to.

Personal life[edit]

Lake has two children with husband Michael Sterling Eaton.


Film and television
Year Title Role
2002 Blue Crush Lena
2005 Cruel World Ruby
2007 Rolling Rain
2008 Half-Life Pamela Wu
2009 Creature of Darkness Gina


  1. ^ Ryan, Tim (29 July 2002). "Local girl holds her own as surfs into fame in Blue Crush". Honolulu Star-Bulletin. Retrieved 12 April 2019.
  2. ^ Surf Shot magazine Sanoe Lake interview. Missing or empty |title= (help); External link in |publisher= (help); Missing or empty |url= (help)
  3. ^ Carroll, Nick (November 2007). Surf Girl Roxy. Surf Girl Roxy book pages. ISBN 9780811854818. Retrieved 9 September 2014.
  4. ^ "Surfer Girl The Book". Retrieved 9 September 2014.
  5. ^ "Lenny Kravitz "If I Could Fall In Love" official music video". You Tube. Retrieved 9 September 2014.
  6. ^ Creature of Darkness to Finally See the Light of Day

External links[edit]