My full name is Erica Rae Hosseini. I’m a 5’10″ blonde hair, blue eyed goofy foot surfer from Newport Beach, California. I was born on May 24, 1987. I have an older brother Tyler and a younger sister Megan. In my younger years I split my time between Lake Tahoe and Newport Beach. My parents are very athletic and I have always been very competitive with my brother so I had an early introduction into a variety of sports. My mom, a former ski instructor taught me to ski when I was two, and at age four I was water skiing and mountain biking. When school time came, we made a permanent move to Newport and I officially became a tomboy. I played every ball sport imaginable; soccer, baseball, basketball, volley ball, and even lacrosse. Although we lived on the beach I only surfed occasionally. It wasn’t until I was eleven and got my own surfboard that I started surfing regularly.

At thirteen I started competing in the NSSA (National Scholastic Surfing Association). I struggled the first year never making it out of a single heat. The next year I figured out how to compete and started winning events. In April 2002 on a whim I entered the Foster’s Cup at Lower Trestles. It was my first pro event and I had nothing to lose. I was slowly advancing heat by heat and before I knew it I was in the final. I finished 2nd, and at age fourteen I broke the world record by becoming the youngest surfer, male or female to make it to a final of an ASP pro event. To top it off, I won $900. This event gave me a lot of media exposure and helped me a lot with sponsorships. The following year I worked even harder. My mom would drive me down to Trestles at 5:00 am before school so I could practice for Nationals. That year (2003) I won 5 NSSA titles; Southwest Open Conference, Explorer Conference, Regionals, and went on to win the NSSA National Open Women’s Title and The Governor’s Cup. Some of my other results since then have been:

  • 2004 Fosters Cup – 3rd
  • 2004 National Open Women – 2nd
  • 2004 OP Pro – 1st
  • 2004 ISA Jr. World Championships, Tahiti – Bronze Medal 3rd
  • 2005 Volcom Championships – 1st
  • 2006 Target Pro Jr. -3rd
  • 2007 Roxy Pro Jr. – 1st
  • 2008 Volcom Championships – 1st
  • 2011 Volcom Championships – 2nd
  • 2011 Pantin Spain – ASP Quarterfinals – 5th
  • 2011 Budlight Lime Pro – 4th
  • 2012 Association Pro Surfing Series – 1st
  • 2012 Association Pro Surfing Series (event #3)  - 2nd
  • 2012 Association Pro Surfing Series – Championship Winner

When I’m not surfing there are a number of things I may be doing, first thing is probably eating. My favorite food is Sushi, not counting Fro-Yo of course. For the most part I try to eat healthy and keep fit. I workout at the gym, take runs on the beach and play tennis as often as I can and run after my extremely hyper puppy ”Astro.”  I also have quite an electronics fetish; computers, mp3 players, cameras, cell phones and everything that starts with an ‘i’  #appleforlife :)

I graduated from Newport Harbor High School class of 2005.  Because of my hectic  traveling schedule for surfing, I put full-time college off and took a few online classes after high-school and obtained my real estates license in 2010.  I am a full time competitor on the WQS tour and hope to qualify for the WCT (World Championship Tour) for 2014.  I am very grateful to have tremendous support from my family and sponsors because without them none of this would be possible.  A big thanks to my sponsors:  Oakley, Casio Watches, Sector Nine Skateboards, Jacks Surfshop, Flip Flop Shops, Coola Suncare, Sharp Eye Surfboards & Pro-lite.