Full Name: Alani Morse
Nickname: Red Robin
Date of Birth: Aged 10 27.07.2010
Hometown: Orewa, Auckland
Height: 4ft 7
How many boards do you own: three in total
Length range: 4’8 to 5’0
Shaper: DHD from the legends at Backdoor Surf.
Sponsor’s Mum and Dad 🙂
Surfing Since: I was 3 years old when I caught my first wave
How did I start surfing: I was lucky enough to be brought up in a surfing family with generations loving the sea and sport. Since I was a baby, I have always been drawn to the sea and never complained about going to the beach, actually, I used to nag my Mum and Dad if we didn’t. If the surf was too big my Dad used to drag me around on a bodyboard in the shallows, I would stand on it pretending I was surfing pipe which my dad always watched. Otherwise, on land, I would always jump on a skateboard and be keen to drop into anything. I suppose that was the start of my surfing journey.
Surfing competitively since: 2017 National Primary School Comp in Gisborne at age 7 I came second in year 6 under girls.
Competition strategy: Keeping a positive mindset, being grateful for the opportunity, and having a clear head while being psyched even if the surf is crappy.
New Zealand Teams: None so far but cannot wait to the day I represent the fern with pride.
Career Highlights: Stoked on coming second for under 14 girls at Nationals 2021 in Piha and winning the Primary Schools Comp under year 6 girls twice in a row. But to be honest there have been so many highlights and awesome memories from the Billabong Grom Serie’s, Polar Bear, and the amazing comps down in South Island.
Ambitions: I am passionate to strive to the top of the game and be the best I can be regardless of age.
Main surf breaks you surf: Maori Bay, Muriwai, Piha, and east coast such as forestry or Te Arai
Favorite surf break: I have so many it’s hard to say my favorites. I love to drive and surf heaps of different spots in NZ here are a few to name Gisborne, Piha, Taupo Bay Northland,
People you surf with the most: Family, especially my brother Theo, friends from all over NZ, Alice W, and a whole lot of boys.
Other interests: Skating, Athletics’, Netball, Touch Rugby.
Surfing Hero’s: Carissa Moore, Bethany Hamilton, Dad and have to mention Gaby and Bianca Sansom especially when I was a young grom they could surf better than most of the boys and inspired me.
Life Hero’s: Bethany Hamilton, big JC, Grandparents
Favorite Food: Homemade Burgers
Favorite Moves: Rodeo Clown, can’t wait to do ones like Jordy Smith and Kelly Slater.
Favorite Surf Video: Unstoppable and Endless Summer