Lakey Peterson is a member of the USA 2011 National Surf Team
RIF: When did you know you wanted to be a competitive surfer?
Lakey Peterson: I realized I wanted to be a pro-surfer after my first year of competing. I played a lot of other sports growing up, and they were all super fun, but surfing is by far the best sport to compete in because it's like going to a beach party with your friends when you're at the contests! It's the best!
RIF: It takes a lot of practice to be a competitive surfer, when do you find the time to read?
Lakey Peterson: I home school because I travel so much. But ya, it is tricky at times to find a moment to read for sure. But I always find a way to make it happen!
RIF: What kinds of books do you like to read? What are you reading right now?
Lakey Peterson: Haha one book that I really did enjoy and get into is, just like every other teenage girl, the Twilight series. I never thought that I would like it, but I was quickly proven wrong after the first chapter. Right now in school I am reading Lord Of The Flies. It's a pretty interesting read so far.
RIF: You’re the first woman to do an aerial trick in competition, how did you know it was time to do it? Did you know you’d stick the landing?
Lakey Peterson: I never know what I am going to do on a wave, I just kind of take it as it comes. But the aerial was a really special moment for me, and I'm just trying to go higher and crazier now!!
RIF: Do you have any advice for other kids who might want to be competitive surfers?
Lakey Peterson: My advice would be, don't ever let people tell you that you can't do something because you can. As long as you work hard enough you CAN!
RIF: You are now working with Nike, what does that involve? Do you get to keep the clothes?
Lakey Peterson: One of the things working with Nike involves is being a part of the women's Nike 6.0 Surf movie. They are putting me in this surf movie, so I'm really excited about it. And yes, I get to keep LOTS of clothes and shoes. It's pretty epic!
RIF: If you could be any book character, whom would you be? Why?
Lakey Peterson: I think I would be Bella in the Twilight series because she is going out with Edward! Haha...
RIF: What do you like to do in your free time?
Lakey Peterson: I like to play golf and tennis and hang at the beach with friends. I also love playing the guitar and being with my family. Just being excited about life!
RIF: Do you think reading helps you to be a better surfer? If so, how?
Lakey Peterson: I don't know if it helps you be a better surfer, but it is really cool how you can get so into a book that you feel like you a part of it.
RIF: What is your favorite surfer movie?
Lakey Peterson: My favorite movie is The Blind Side.
RIF: You've traveled all over the world for surfing competitions. What's the coolest place you've been?
Lakey Peterson: I think the coolest place I have ever been is HOME! It might sound weird, but I just love being home. I love traveling to Austria and Bali and places like that but nothing compares to home for me.
RIF: You're in high school now. What do you want to do after you graduate?
Lakey Peterson: Well my teacher told me that I will be able to graduate by my junior year, so I am really excited about that! But after I graduate, I would just love to continue to pursue surfing and maybe find a nice boy to come along with me...haha!