Erica Hosseini Tells Us About Life as a Professional Surfer

Catching Up With Beach Babe Erica Hosseini

Written By: Nicole Fera

Photography By: Nancy Villere of Crush Photo Studios

Erica Hosseini has plenty of credentials that she could compile on her resume, including being the face of Locale’s first published magazine. Hosseini was the perfect pick when choosing who would represent Locale for more than a few reasons. She is a local girl, who can be admired for her hard work, passion and competitive spirit.

As a child Erica spent her early years split between Newport Beach and Lake Tahoe. She grew up in a family of athletics and started skiing lessons early since her mother was an a talented former instructor. Between her athlete parents and her constant need to beat her brother in anything sports related, she developed a competitive spirit early on in life. When it was time to begin school, Erica and her family made the permanent move to Newport where she grew up with an interest for every sport imaginable. She began surfing regularly when she was 11-years-old and when she was 13 she entered her first surfing competition. Although she did not make it through a single heat that day, she didn’t give up and she used it as motivation to continue to work hard and get better each and every day.

Since then things have changed for Erica and she is one of the most decorated surfers around today. She is not only a professional surfer, but a beautiful, talented model as well. She travels the world, winning competitions, being a part of some amazing shoots and loving every second of it. This fierce competitor is all about friends, family and living like a local; Locale’s main principle and drive for everything that they do.

Back then Locale’s first issue was also Hosseini’s first solo cover, but her career has come a long way since we first featured her. Since then she has traveled the globe for various surf competitions, challenging herself and her competitors wherever she goes. She also puts her classic, California good looks to work as she models for various publications and shares her natural beauty, both inside and out. Life after Locale has been busy to say the least as she lives everyday to it’s fullest. Hosseini sat down with us to share all that she’s been up to, future plans, and how far she’s come over the years. This is what she had to say about life after Locale.


Q: How did it feel to be the cover girl of Locale Magazine?

Erica Hosseini: This was my first solo cover, so it felt amazing. I had been on the cover of other magazines but it was always with other surfers or athletes. Locale was MY first cover and it was such an honor getting that phone call from Erik to do a cover shoot.

Q: Looking back on that shoot, what do you remember most about that day?

EH: The thing I remember most was the photo shoot that we did in the black and red velvet dress with dark red lipstick. It made me look like a vampire because I also had a slightly pale face. It was so different then anything I had ever done. To this day, it’s still one of the wildest looks I’ve shot. Since I am a pro surfer, I rarely get to branch out of the “beach girl, salty hair and bikini with a surfboard” look. The close up pictures didn’t really fit the article and spread that we were shooting, but it was definitely a fun experience and good memory from that day.

Q: Was modeling something that came naturally for you or did it take some time to get comfortable in front of the camera?

EH: Yes and No. When I was younger I could break a camera with my smile it was so forced. My mom actually cut me out of some photos that my brother and sister looked good in because I ruined them (laughs)!  It wasn’t until I grew into myself and got more confident that it came easier. Like anything, the more you do it the better you get. I became more and more comfortable in front of the camera and figured out what looked good and what didn’t. Then it just became second nature working with photographers as time went on. I still get nervous and awkward sometimes, but for the most part I’m very relaxed. Also, the more relaxed you are the better the photos come out, so it’s a win-win.


Q: What was life like before the cover?

EH: Life before the Locale cover was really good. I was really busy traveling and competing and doing tons of shoots for my sponsors.  This was a great time in my career and I was packed with projects and events.

Q: What was life like after the cover?

EH: Life after the Locale cover was even better. I got a lot of other opportunities after the magazine launched. Not to mention the magazine was everywhere, so I constantly had friends coming up telling me they saw me and how cool it was. That’s always fun and flattering so it was awesome being on the cover. Especially since Locale is so recognizable and doing so well now up and down the Southern California Coast,  it makes being the first cover girl that much better!

Q: What are your current projects you are working on?

EH: I am about to take off to Bali in a couple weeks for a surf trip. I’ll be shooting photos and videos for sponsors and some editorial work.  I am really excited to be back in warm water surfing, it’s one of my favorite places in the world to go, and it’s been a couple years since I’ve been back.


Q: What are your future aspirations?

EH: I always plan on surfing. I can’t imagine a future without it since it’s such a huge passion in my life.  I definitely plan on always being in the surf world some way or another …

Q: What’s your spirit animal?

EH: The Deer.

Q: Where are you favorite local hang out spots?

EH: I really like The Cannery. They have a great happy hour and it’s a really fun vibe and place to mingle with friends. Of course, Rudy’s is always another go-to place to have a drink and hang out, your usually in for a fun time regardless of the time.

Q: When you’re not in front of the camera, where else might we find you?

EH: I am a huge homebody and project person. So I’m usually at home fixing or building things. I love my lil man, Astro, you can see him @astrothefrenchy. I’m usually spoiling the crap out of him and taking him on beach walks a million times a day. Then of course if I see the waves are good I run home and drop him off and go surf. I’d say those are the two activities that take up my entire day, (no complaints here).
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Nicole is a New Jersey native who studied English and Journalism at Monmouth University, Long Branch. She moved to sunny San Diego to enjoy all that it has to offer, including the beach, the music scene and the opportunity to share her love of Journalism with others. She hopes to continue writing by making a career of her first true love: words.


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