Catching up With Demi Boelsterli

Demi in action. Cruising hallways and smashing lips. Surf photo by J7 Surfboards.
Demi in action. Cruising hallways and smashing lips. Surf photo by J7 Surfboards.

Sundance Beach Pioneer Demi Boelsterli had a great year in 2013. Strong results in local and international contests, featured artist in local art shows, and getting a band together with friends were just a few of the highlights from a busy year. Now the Santa Barbara native is set to take the ASP by storm as she heads to OZ and beyond chasing points to qualify for the ASP World Tour.

But it’s not easy. Not having a major surfwear brand as a sponsor makes it tough to get to the contests when they are scattered across the globe. All of her winnings and income from her surf instructor job go into the travel fund, and her existing sponsors (like us) help her out the best we can. Some solid results on the first leg of the ASP 6-Star series can change that part of the equation for Demi. As the ASP goes through some changes in management following the media partnership with ZoSea, one thing is clearly on ASP’s agenda – give the girls better waves and more contests! This bodes well for Demi’s timing as she claws her way to the upper echelon of competitive surfing in 2014.

Contemplating the lineup with surf photog Seth De Roulet.
Contemplating the lineup with surf photog Seth De Roulet. Photo by Nick Liotta.
Ripping on concrete when the waves are flat is a good way to keep the blood flowing.
Ripping the bowl at the skatepark and jamming with friends are good ways to keep the blood flowing when the waves are flat.

We recently had a chat with Demi about where she’s been and where she’s going. Here’s what she had to say:

How many boards do you go through in a year? How long do they last?

Maybe 6 boards a year with some random step ups and single fins here and there. It depends, some boards I’ll keep around for 6 months at a time just because I really like them. But usually I try to get a new board under my feet every couple months. There all J7 Surfboards and there light, fast, and responsive.

After her run through Europe was over, Demi had accrued enough to points to be seeded much higher in 2014 ASP contests.
After her run through Europe was over, Demi had accrued enough to points to be seeded much higher in 2014 ASP contests.

What is your idea of a perfect wave?

Big tubes to carving sections, then a nice soft end section, oh my.

When and where was the longest session you’ve ever surfed?

Probably at Rincon a few winters ago. There were a few days that I stayed from sunrise to sunset and surfed allllll day.

Demi finding some shade at Rincon. Photo by Glen Dubock.
Demi finding some shade at Rincon. Photo by Glen Dubock.

Who are your Top 5 Favorite surfers? (from any time period)

Dane, Bobby, Tom, Mitch Coleborn, and Mason Ho.

Who is your biggest inspiration?

It’s hard to pin point one person, I think any one who is creative, works hard, and fills there days with meaning is inspirational.

What’s the best and worst part of competition?

The best part about competing for me is probably the internal battle, haha it sounds funny to say.  It’s like 15 minutes of stress mixed with all the endorphins you get from riding waves. The worst part is having to wait to paddle out for a heat, or when the waves are super bad – that’s the worst.

Demi headed out for a heat at the ASP 6-Star Pantin Classic in Spain.
Demi headed out for a heat at the ASP 6-Star Pantin Classic in Spain.

With a new ASP season getting started, what are your plans for the first quarter?

I’ll be heading over to Australia in the beginning of February, the first contest doesn’t start till the 10th. It’s in Manly beach near Sydney, I haven’t been there since I was 12 so I’m really exited to go back. Then I head down to Merewether for a week or so for the next event. There both 6-Stars so there’s lots of points on the line.

Are you going over there with friends, or are you meeting people when you get there?

Both! My friend Lindsey surfs really well and I’ll be heading over there with her. I’ll probably link up with some of the girls that are in the events once we’re over there. Also, last year when I was there I made some cool friends. So I’m definitely looking forward to getting some waves with ’em again!

Art is one of many ways that Demi expresses herself.
Art is one of many ways that Demi expresses herself.

What’s your favorite part about Australia?

Other than the fact that it’s always head high somewhere and they put aloe on everything, I would have to say the people are my favorite thing. The lifestyle that they choose to live is pretty cool – work hard, play hard.

Are there any surfers you don’t want to face in a heat or that you are intimidated by?

Man, let me tell ya they all rip pretty hard these days. But I would have to say that there’s no one I’m really intimidated by. I mean there’s tons of girls that surf better than me but in a heat it doesn’t really matter how you surf it’s about being smart and getting the waves.

Demi preheat - getting loose.
Demi preheat – getting loose.

What are your plans after your OZ trip?

I’m thinking of heading straight to Hawaii to get some more waves and link up with a few photographers over there. Then, after that I’ll just be training and working hard at home for the next ASP 6-Star event in New Zealand, the NZ Surf Festival!

Watch Demi on the LIVE Webcast of the Hurley Australian Open on February 10th! Check back for more updates from Demi as she continues her Australian journey throughout the month of February!

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