The Surfersvillage Interview
Paige Alms is one of the best surfers in the world. Without a blanket sponsor she does odd jobs to get by
Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 25 March, 2017 - Female big wave pioneer Paige Alms is a 27 year old bad-ass from Hiaku Hawaii who has come to personify women’s big wave surfing in recent years. She’s been the focus of a bio-pic (The Wave I Ride) and most recently she won the Jaws Pro and earned the Big Wave World Title. But she was also a gnarly competitive grom back in the day, claiming NSSA events and titles through the mid-2000s.
Paige was kind enough to take time out to participate in the Surfersvillage Interview.
Pe'ahi © WSL/Cestari
How would you describe what you do for work to a very small, inattentive child?
Well I do a few different jobs, so surfing isn’t really considered “work” for me, its more fun! I’d say that my day to day jobs are always different. I get to talk to a lot of different people and meet a lot of new friends while working at the Paia Fish Market. I get to play with resin and lots of colors when fixing surfboards. My “fun” work I guess would be called surfing, I ride moving water, how cool is that?!
What is that you do professionally that you are most proud of?
That I get to share what I do with the next generation, inspiring the youth to go after their goals and dreams.
What are you currently working on that you’re really excited about?
I’m currently trying to find a way to travel, surf, explore, and spread awareness through what I do, full time. I’m pretty excited about some surf trips I have lined up this summer including Fiji and the Maldives. Also really looking forward to seeing where we can take our all girls event XOXO next year, hopefully a huge turnout!
Tropical leap © Kentworthy
Tell us what has been your biggest mistake and what did you learn from that mistake?
Too many to count, I think we make mistakes constantly, it’s how you move forward and learn from them. Be it in the water, a conversation with a stranger, driving, cooking, anything, I’m constantly learning everyday.
Share with us your biggest Rocky Balboa moment (you know, punching meat in a freezer then running up the steps of City Hall with your own special theme music blaring.)
Haha, I can’t really think of one actually. I’m usually trying to calm myself down before big sessions, chilling, listening to mellow music, eating good food, its more about calming the nerves rather than amping up. For me I get the most psyched soon as I’m in the water, thats when it turns on!
If you weren’t doing this, what would you be doing? Selling shoes?
Not really sure! I probably would have gone to school, maybe became an architect? Surfing took over my life when I was 10 and I haven’t looked back since!
OK, you get to drop into five moments in history – surf or otherwise. Please name them and why.
Wow, that is way to hard for me to answer, there are way too many moments to learn from!