Surfer to Surfer: Kelly Slater Interviews Marisa Miller
By Kelly Slater
Photography by Brian Bowen Smith
KS: I just feel goofy. That’s a cause that’s important to me, as well. My father died of cancer in 2002, and it caused me to read up on all sorts of research. It’s just baffling. But the healthier you keep yourself, and the stronger you build up your body from inside out, the less chance there is that you’re going to get cancer.
MM: Yeah, and as girls, I worry about all the products we use to get ready. My mom and sisters and I did a full beauty makeover and threw out all the crap. Now in my personal life, it’s all-natural, organic versions, and the same goes for household cleaning products and food.
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KS: Let’s talk about Miami. You’ve spent quite a lot of time there.
MM: When I began working for Victoria’s Secret, they were shooting a lot in Miami. I was there every week, and finally I just decided to stay because I didn’t want to fly back and forth from California every week. There are waves there—not huge, but the water’s warm.
KS: Yeah, Miami’s pretty crazy. The joke in my family is that my brother [Sean] knows everyone, everywhere. So one time my friends and I couldn’t get into this club. Finally [the guy at] the door pointed at me and said, “Are you Slater? I know your brother. Come on in!”
MM: [Miami] was a really fun place to be, especially at that time in my life. I was living it up. I had my skateboard, and I used to ride it over to Mynt Lounge, on Collins, and the DJ would put my skateboard behind the booth. I still see some of those people now and then, and they remember me.
KS: You’re shooting a movie called R.I.P.D., with Ryan Reynolds, Kevin Bacon, and Jeff Bridges. What’s that about?
MM: Yeah, I’m super pumped. They’re all cops in the underworld, and they’re dead. When they have to go to Earth, I play Jeff’s avatar. So it was kind of a crazy experience, because I had to have his inflections, the way he talked and everything.
KS: Cool. You should get [Bridges] out on the water! He likes to surf.
MM: Yeah, that’s awesome. It gives us something to talk about.
KS: Here’s a final question—I actually think about this a lot, because of how technology has changed surfing: Which era would you have loved to have been born into?
MM: Well, I’m a huge rock fan, and if I could have seen Led Zeppelin and Jimi Hendrix in person, that would have been pretty amazing. But other than that, I’m totally happy to be right where I am.
Styling by Tanya Gill for Icon House/iconhouse.com; Hair by Lorenzo Martin for Cloutier Remix using L’Oréal Paris Elnett Satin hairspray; Makeup by Terri Apanasewicz for Cloutier Remix using Amazing Cosmetics