It’s a place with epic waterfalls, lush green jungles, tropical weather, charcoal black sand beaches, windy
scenic roads, red volcanic rock, breathtaking views and the world’s most famous waves. Born on the
majestic island of Maui in Hawaii 20 years ago, Sierra Lerback vows an eternal love to her motherland.
“The island of Maui gave me the opportunity to have world class waves not even 10 minutes from my house.”
Since the age of 3, Sierra has been standing up on a board, spending countless hours in the ocean, and building a strong relationship with this natural element. Surfing has been a key component to the relationship with talented long boarder Zye Norris who spent his youth on the back of his father’s bike and the nose of a surfboard in Noosa, Australia. “The common love for the water has always given us a creative outlet where we can express our own styles.”
We had a quick chat with the lovely couple to know more about their sweet routine around the world,
from wrestling a croc to jumping on a kangaroo to check the surf.
Tell us about yourself as a surfer and traveler?
Sierra:I have been traveling for surfing since I was younger, competing mostly for shortboard events
around the islands and to the states. But in the last few years, I’ve been able to venture to some really
amazing places around Indonesia, Australia, Sri Lanka and Mexico.
Zye:I’ve been surfing since I was a young child and have been lucky enough to go to some cool places. I
stayed and traveled through Indonesia for 18 months.
Sierra, you were born in Hawaii. Zye, you’re from Australia. How did you meet?
S:Mostly through surfing and common travel destinations.
Z:We first met in Noosa some years ago and have crossed paths a couple times since.
How do you manage to live your relationship despite the distance and your job duties?
S:We try to meet up with each other in other places, and I’ll squeeze in as many trips to Australia as I can
throughout the year in between jobs. The internet makes it easy and I never feel like I’m very far.
How have you been introduced to surfing?
S:My dad taught me to surf and I grew up in a community where surfing and the beach was a staple of
Z:From my dad pushing me into waves at a young age and since then I have never looked back.
Is it important for you to share the same love and passion for surfing in your everyday life?
S: I am such of a frother and am dragging him out to one foot onshore waves (laughs)! But the common
love for the water has always given us a creative outlet where we can express our own styles.
Z: Of course I enjoy surfing with Sierra, but I don’t think it’s super important.
In Hawaii, there’s a strong culture around the ocean. In Australia, as well. How would you define
your relationship to the ocean and
to a certain beach lifestyle?
S: My life revolves around surfing, the first thing that pops into my head in the morning is wondering
what the swells like. It’s awesome and full of spontaneous trips chasing waves.
Z: I have always grown up around the ocean and have never been further than 20 minutes away. I can’t
imagine a life without the beach.
Sierra, you literally live on a paradise island. What are your favorite special places on the island?
S: There are so many insanely beautiful places on the
island. My favorite place on Maui would have to be Honolulu Bay walking through the lush green forest next to the river into the light to see perfect waves is
my idea of heaven.
Where are your favorite destinations to depart to?
S: I love going to Australia’s East coast and road tripping to the endless righthand point breaks. Zye, you recently joined the Deus team. How does it feel to be part of such an amazing crew?
Z: Yes I really enjoy being apart of the Deus family, I get to do epic trips to amazing places with some of my closest friends and talented film makers.
What is a typical day like for you?
S: Wake up, coffee, morning surf, mid day dip in a waterfall to escape the heat, then a sunset surf.
Z: Wrestle a croc, jump on the kangaroo to check the surf… Just kidding. Usually a day off work consists
of coffee and multiple surf checks.
What was the last stamp in your passport?
S: Sri Lanka
An artist / photographer/ writer/ surfer that’s inspiring you at the moment?
S: Vanja Vukelic, everything she creates is amazing.
Z: Iki Yasuo is a cool artist I’ve been interested in lately
Favorite surf spot?
S: Honolua Bay
Z: Hard to choose, there’s a few in Indonesia but I always love getting back to Bingin in Bali.
What are you most excited for this year?
S: I am really stoked to be working with Seea and excited for travels and surf trips with Zye to new
Z: Hopefully scoring Honolua Bay. I’m looking forward to a few trips with Deus and checking out places
Where do you see yourself in the next 5 years?
S: Loving life, surfing, and creating memories.
Z: Hopefully still traveling and surfing around the world.
Story by Elisa Routa