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Bigger the Wave the Better for Hawaii’s Alana Blanchard


When it comes to being one of the world’s best surfers, Bigger the Wave the better for Hawaii’s Alana Blanchard. The waves on the North Shore are truly unbelievable; they’re huge pretty much anywhere on the Hawaiian Islands.

Bigger the Wave the Better for Hawaii's Alana Blanchard

¬†Hawaiian surfer Alana Blanchard could not have been happier to hear that big waves have been predicted for today’s opening heats of the Telstra Drug Aware Pro near Margaret River.

World No.30 Blanchard grew up on Kauai island and is accustomed to large, heaving conditions that have been forecast for the Surfers Point Break.

“I’m excited if it’s big because I’m kind of used to that,” Blanchard, 22, said.

Bigger the Wave the Better for Hawaii’s Alana Blanchard

“I’m from Hawaii and I would rather it be a little bigger than a little smaller.”

Blanchard will compete in a star-studded women’s field which includes four-times world champion Stephanie Gilmore and 2004 world champion Sofia Mulanovich.

“It’s going to be tough,” Blanchard said.

“It’s just so amazing to see all the girls pushing it to the next level. I’m so excited to be a part of it.

“There are just so many good girls now and you have to be top 10 to stay on the tour.

“It’s a really tough competition.”

Blanchard, who designs bikinis, said she hoped to push back into the top 10 in 2012.

“I’m really fortunate to be able to work with Rip Curl and to put my feedback into their bikinis.

“I ended up making a bikini line called Alana’s Closet. I love it. It’s one of my favourite lines and they are just like cute, little bikinis.”

Eleven-times world champion Kelly Slater will spearhead the field for the prime rated men’s contest.

Slater will be out to make amends for last year when he bowed out in the round of 24 to unheralded New Zealander Billy Stairmand.

Margaret River’s Tom Innes and Trigg Island’s Luke Campbell finished first and second in the trials final yesterday to claim the last two places in the field.

Innes and Campbell beat Scarborough’s Drew Everest and Margaret River teenager Jack Robinson in the final.

Bigger the Wave the better for Hawaii’s Alana Blanchard

~~Aloha Nui Loa


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