Interview with Local Surfer Deana Dhillon

deanna surfing oceanside harbor her waves

So, tell us a little about yourself

My name is Deana Dhillon and I am 27 years old. I was born and raised in North County San Diego, but I have spent the last 6 Winters chasing the frozen waves of North Lake Tahoe! 

deanna cardiff surfboard her waves

How long have you been surfing and what does surfing mean to you?

I love surfing all types of boards and I usually bring a few options when going to the beach to surf. I ride boards of all sizes from 5’10 to 9’2. My favorite boards are my retro mid-length single fins. I started surfing when I was about 8 years old, but my obsession didn’t begin until I joined the Surf Team at Carlsbad High when I was 16. I competed in few contests growing up but realized surfing for fun and teaching groms how to surf is what I do best! I’ve been very fortunate to have my life surrounded by the ocean and I’ve taught surf lessons every summer since I was a teenager. Surfing means everything to me! My whole life I have suffered from ADHD and I feel like surfing is the one thing that keeps that in control. I can concentrate on what I am doing at the moment but also release my energy. Surfing has been a very important healing tool for me. 

Deanna surfing beacons her waves

We know you have a vintage Etsy store, tell us about that and what inspired you to start it?

I grew up listening to the oldies, so I’ve always been inspired by the style of The Beatles, Janis Joplin, and Stevie Nicks. Everything from the era of the 60s to the 90s. I want to keep that style of fashion thriving! I also love the fact that thrifting helps recycle old clothing that would otherwise go to a landfill. I hate the awful outcomes of “Fast Fashion” and wasteful packaging and I don’t want to support that industry. 

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What is your life ambition?

My life ambition is to travel and surf as much as possible, try to reduce my carbon footprint and become an advocate for the ocean and marine life! 

Deanna surfing in spring her waves

Any favorite quotes you wanna leave with us?

One of my favorite quotes comes from Artist, Robert Wyland. 

“The Worlds Finest Wilderness Lies Beneath The Ocean” 

This quote really speaks to me because whenever I enter the ocean, I truly feel like I’ve entered a different world. 

deanna barrel beacons her waves

Instagram: @sunnyyddee @sunnydeevintage


I’m inspired by the water, the sun, the moon, and the stars. My countless wipeouts, my dreams of noseriding, and the feeling I get when sliding across the face of a wave.

Meg Jacovino