Surfer babe Sage
SoCal native Sage Erickson chats about fashion, wave-riding and Free People’s new surf line.
With roots in Southern California and Oahu, pro surfer Sage Erickson is the ultimate beach girl. As a fashion lover, she also knows the importance of feeling cute and confident on land and in the water. While on Free People’s recent camping trip, she sat down with FOAM at to discuss her sport of choice, beach style and the new surf collection from the brand’s FP Movement line.
How did you first start surfing?
I started surfing when I was 11 years old. I was born and raised in Ojai and had never spent much time in the ocean. Then my parents decided to move to the North Shore of Oahu. Once I got in the ocean, I fell in love with how it made me feel. Surfing has brought so many amazing opportunities into my life, but my favorite thing about surfing as a job is the amount of travel I get to do. I think traveling has made me who I am today.
How important is attire when you’re surfing?
So important—when you’re doing a sport you want to be comfortable, you don’t want to have to worry about things falling off or having malfunctions. I think I spend half my day every day in the ocean, so what I wear in the water is pretty high on my importance totem pole.
Why do you feel drawn to the new FP Movement line and Free People’s style community FP Me?
What I love so much is there’s finally a brand that is fresh, stylish and suits the beach lifestyle. Free People is effortless, and when I wear it surfing I feel cute without even trying. FP Me is rad because all of us have people we look up to for style, and there you have a community of people to inspire you. You also get a sense of what things look like on different body shapes so you get a sense of what you’re getting.
What’s your favorite piece in the new collection?
The long-sleeve one-piece bathing suit is my favorite because it’s so multifunctional. It has a bold cut, a cute pattern, and it’s really flattering on. Whenever I put this on I feel good. Plus I don’t have to wear as much sunscreen because of the long sleeves, which is huge because I think we all want to preserve our skin.
What do you think is the key to effortless beach style?
Less is more, especially at the beach. I’ve found that when I try to overdo an outfit, it never comes out like what I wanted. Embrace who you are. Effortless style is achieved when you tap into that and have fun with what you’re wearing.
See more from the Free People beach camping trip here and here.