- Kyla Langen
Age - 24
Hometown - Carlsbad,
Sponsors - O'Neill,
Anarchy Eyewear, Dakine,
Stance - Regular
– various sizes all shaped by Timmy
Kyla Langen Story &
Interview conducted by Holly Beck in Redondo Beach,
Langen is the person you wish you could be. Or
maybe she's just the person I wish I could be.
I've been competing with Kyla for almost ten years
and I've always known that she rips and always
thought she was a pretty cool chick. This spring
I was fortunate enough to have the opportunity
to spend some time on the North Shore with Kyla,
both of us and all our surfboards crammed into
a tiny studio at Rocky Point for three weeks awaiting
the Women's Pipeline Championship. It rained everyday,
some days all day, and the waves did little to
cooperate. The conditions tested the patience
of all competitors and some even gave up and went
home before the contest even started. And while
Kyla does have a little trouble sitting still,
she was far from bored. She was always psyched
to surf, or go bike riding, or cook up some tasty
vegetarian food, or skate circles in the garage,
or stretch every muscle in the body, or strum
guitar and sing me to sleep. She excels at all
these things, and believe me, you don't want to
draw her in a heat. She comes from a very cool
and supportive family, which also makes her a
great friend. She is incredibly talented, earth
conscious, soulful, energetic, and passionate.
I hope some of that rubs off on me, and maybe
you too, because the world would be a better place
with more Kylas in it. Read on, and be inspired...
Holly Beck: Well, first
things first, let's hear about cute little Kyla
learning how to surf...
Kyla Langen: "Cute
little Kyla learning how to surf"! Um...my
HB: How old were you?
KL: When I first stood up
on a surfboard, probably like 4 or 5, but I didn't
really go for the surfboard, I liked the bodyboard
HB: Oh, ok, so that's where
all the JettyGirl bodyboarding questions come
KL: Oh yeah, no doubt! I
just grew up in the summer time in front of my
grandma's house bodyboarding with all my cousins
and friends. And then just standing up on the
board - on the bodyboards - for as long as we
could and then probably seventh or eighth grade
was when surfing took over.
HB: What kind of board did
you ride then?
KL: A Scott.... was like
a foam... shortboard foam board.
HB: Keeping the roots with
KL: Oh yeah, oh yeah!
HB: Do you still have it?
KL: Oh yeah.
HB: No way, that's sick!
When was the last time you rode it?
KL: Probably, uh... like
a year and a half ago. Like when I give lessons,
when I show people how to surf I'll use that and
then I'll hop on it for a wave.
HB: Does it go?
KL: It goes... it's pretty
slow, but it goes down the line...
HB: Keepin' that feeling
KL: For sure.
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