Kassia Meador Story &
Interview conducted by Kyla Langen in Carlsbad,
JettyGirl Kassia Meador is one of the most recognizable
characters in female surfing. Seamless poise in
the water and punkish style on land, Kassia has
made a living out of gracefully gliding upon waves
and being the rock star she is. Born and raised
in California's San Fernando Valley, Kass became
a local standout at the high-profile, peeling
point break of Malibu. She quickly progressed
to professional status, winning contests, traveling
the world, and becoming Roxy's poster girl. In
2004, Kassia's love for photography prompted her
and two friends to create Stardust Productions,
and begin capturing female surfers in action.
Their first surf film, entitled Fashion, was released
last year to a receptive industry. Kassia currently
lives in Oceanside, CA, where she surfs, trains,
shoots, models, creates art and gets ready for
her next bout of travel. We met up with her to
probe her mind. See for yourself…
Kyla: How's Kassia been? Kassia: Kassia's been good,
just been hanging out, surfing a bunch. Waves
have been so good for the past three weeks, like
I'm sure everyone knows, and yeah, I've just been
going crazy, surfing everyday. How about you?
KL: Oh, good, I've been
in Florida for the Gallaz surf jam. But this is
about you dude… Have you met other people
with your name? KM: No, never. I've met
like Cassandras and Caseys, and maybe even a Cassia
with a "C", but never with a "K".
So yeah, like in school I was the only one with
my name. That was pretty cool.
KL: What's your whole name? KM: Kassia Lynn Meador.
KL: Whoa, does everyone
say "Mee-door" or is that just me? KM: No, yeah, people say
it all kinds of ways, but yeah it's Meador, like
KL: What nicknames do you
get? KM: I've been called Casserole
and a lot of people call me Kassia Rat, and Casper.
But most people just call me Kass or Kassi.
KL: What ethnicity are ya? KM: My mom is full Mexican
and my dad is half Italian and half French and
English. So I'm a mix, kinda like most everyone
else in the states.