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04 Mar

Bikini Girl Crush: Leah Dawson

Posted by Bikini Owner

She’s as angelic as they come, both on the board and off. Get to know Leah Dawson, the most soulful surfer we know – our Bikini girl crush of the week.



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What are your top five songs on your playlist?

“Getting Back” by G Wayne Thomas and “Teach Your Children” by Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young are my favorites, but I also love every Bob Marley song, meditation music and the sound of the ocean.

What’s your best read ever?

I’ve just begun Women Who Run with The Wolves and I am enchanted, inspired, and encouraged. This book reaffirms my inner feelings of intuition and female instinct. The writing is elegant and educational.

What’s your favorite suit/s for surfing?

I love wearing sun coverage, so my go-to suits are the long arm one-piece gorgeous suits by The Seea and the long arm spring wetsuit by Kassia + Surf.



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Who are your mentors?

My parents forever and always, Rell Sunn, Alby Falzon and Kassia Meador. I have a lifelong list of incredible souls who have influenced the way I perceive and act in life.

What’s your guilty pleasure or vice?

I love lightly roasted organic coffee. I do my best to buy fair trade whenever possible.

What was your entry point into surfing?

My parents! Both remarkable water skiers, they had me behind the boat in Orlando at age 3 on a boogie board. I stood up right away so they took me to the ocean the next weekend. My dad put me on the front of his board and I was home. If you weren't a surfer, what else would you choose to be?

A filmmaker, an Ayurvedic doctor or something of the sort. But I’ve always recognized that I never want to solely depend on surfing to pay my bills. I have dreams to participate with others to help create foundations for our next generations to live a life in harmony with the earth. If I didn’t surf, I know I would participate in a sport or activity that involves communicating with the earth, because that is the part of surfing that I am drawn to the most. I’m falling in love with snowboarding right now, mountain biking, rock climbing, white water kayaking – whoa – all sounds fun!

What motto do you live by?

“The greatest illusion is that mankind has limitations” - Robert Munroe



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What’s your beauty, fitness or health secret?

Tell myself something like, “I am beautiful, I am healthy, and I am strong” and believe it. Self-love makes our inner beauty ignite our outer beauty. Treat food as medicine and celebrate it every time it’s eaten. Drink lots of healthy, filtered water. Use organic products on the body and in food. Use sunscreen that has pure ingredients you trust. Do research about ingredients. Knowledge is power, and unfortunately, just because it’s on the shelf doesn’t mean it is safe for us. It is up to us to make daily choices for our health, through the food we buy. May the age of home and grand community gardens return!

What’s your hometown and where do you currently live?

I grew up in Orlando, Florida, and the North Shore has been home base for 10 years now. I’ve traveled someplace different every summer, and I’ve been spending magical time in Bend recently.