Erika Susperregui - Follow The Vane

When and where did you learn to surf?
I've always been surrounded by the ocean and can't imagine my life without it. I've always loved it, but I was really into fashion till the first chance I had to jump on a surfboard, that was around 12 years ago in San Sebastian, my hometown, so then I started to combine both...

What was the feeling you had when you first stood on a surfboard?
It was one of the most exiting things ever! I wanted to do it again and again!

What do you love about surfing?
I like to be connected to the ocean, I love the feeling and I really enjoy sharing it with friends

Where is your favourite surfspot? 
There's so many... I really enjoy the beach break were I live, Zarautz, I really like Coté des Basques in Biarritz, and I'm totally in love with The Pass and Noosa in Australia and beautiful hidden waves in Indonesia or Morocco...

Who has had the biggest influence on your life?
Jokin. He's my partner in the life's journey and he has been one of my biggest influences in and out of the water. We are a great team together, we share passions and balance our different personalities... But I can't forget my parents, who have always encouraged me to do the things that make me happy.

Of all the places you have travelled to, what place in particular stands out? 
I just arrived from a big trip around Australia and Indonesia and I really loved an amazing surf spot somewhere in the southwest of Java, where the locals are really amazing. They always had a smile in their face and they were happy to share waves and enjoy every moment

What meaning does surfing hold for you and how has it changed your life?
Surfing is all about enjoying life and sharing it with others. It just makes people happy.

What are you most grateful for?
I'm really greatful for being able to do what I like... To be able travel, to meet awesome people, to surf amazing surfspots all over and to be healthy enough to keep on going!

What sort of education have you had?
I studied Communications at uni, did several fashion, styling and production courses and then did a master in surf's marketing and managment.

What was your very first job?
I helped my mum at her hairdresser since I was a kid, but my very first job was during my last years of school that I used to work in a fashion store during the summer. Then, when I finished Uni I started working on tv and since then, I've done many different things, but always related to fashion, communication and surfing...

Tell us about Sew n Sing and how that all came about?
Sew 'n sing started in 2010 when Jokin, my boyfriend, proposed me the idea of combining my two passions together, so I joined fashion and surfing, shared it with friends and sew 'n sing came out. Now, 3 years later, I just moved on to working with Jokin on another project called 'Follow the Vane'. We both love experimenting with different cameras and i'm setting up a new workshop to create new things.

What does your job involve on a day to day basis?
I'm always involved in different projects, so every day is different. Sew 'n sing has never been a full time job and same now with 'Follow the Vane'... its personal projects that I combine with my job as a freelance stylist and being an advocate for RVCA's artist network program.

What do you like most about your job?
That its always different and creative.

Where can we find you online?


Posted by: Troy Roennfeldt, on April 8, 2013
Categories: Interviews