Full name: Madeline Ryan
Hometown and state : Arundel, Me, Rincon, PR
Nickname: Squid- my parents stole it from a VQS contest division. It’s stuck around for 7 years.
Education: I am a Junior in Maine Connections Academy
Homebreak: Kennebunk Beach, Domes
Sponsors: Hurley, Electric, FCS, Kailani Surfboards
First paddle-out: Can’t remember- my dad had me standing on a boogie board, clutching his hair, and pushing me into waves at the local marina in Puerto Rico when I was three.
Crew: My parents hahah! My mom is always down for getting up at five for a dawn patrol and I’ll surf with my dad when it gets bigger and heavier.
Strongest maneuver: Front side snap
Results: 1st at 2018 ESA Easterns u18, 1st NSSA Caribbean Chapter Open Women 2018-19
Magic board: Kailani Surfboard 5’9’’ Katana. Julio Nurse is the shaper. It’s a solid board that works anywhere from Huntington Pier to Middles, Puerto Rico.
Best day surfing: One day this past winter at Sunset- it was one of the bigger days when I was there and my friend’s roommate paddled out with me. It was windy and challenging but the drops were insane and the waves went on forever.
Biggest day surfing: Paddle/tow session at Tres Palmas in Puerto Rico with Will Skudin, who was calling it pretty close to 20’. The WSL did a feature on it.
Best East Coast surf spot: It’s a secret 🙂
Best surf trip experience: Hawaii this past winter- the waves were horrible but I feel like I came out of it a better surfer. I made some really good connections and can’t wait to get out there again next year!
Should Kelly retire or stay on tour and what should he do when he does hang it up : If there were a chance of him winning a world title, I think he should stay on, but The Brazilian Storm seems to be preventing that. He should make a wave pool in Maine with free access for residents.
Local hero: “Surfer Crow” he’s a legend-I think he’s in his late 70’s and is still in the water in Maine.
First surfboard: Liquid shredder, I think it was 5’8, bright blue.
Worst surf injury: My calf muscle was tight after surfing and as I was jumping up the stairs when I pulled it. I was out for a week and the swell was pumping the whole time.
Nastiest lineup: Our local river mouth in the summer- there are swimmers, people on floats, and a lot of people dropping in on each other.
Non-surfing sponsor: Emirates air, they’re by far the best planes I’ve ever been on.
Worst wipeout: This was also part of my biggest session- it was the first wave I paddled for; Will was calling me into it from the channel on the ski. My head wasn’t in it and I thought I would fall before I even really started stroking in. The wave sucked me up and as I was standing up, I got bucked off at the top and skipped down the face. It was also the first wave of the set 😀 Fun times!
Recommended website: Quizlet- if you want to learn language vocabulary, do it there.
Song in your head to surf with: Visitant by Blood Youth, Generations by Aviarist, The Fallout + Limitless album by Crown the Empire, or anything by Bring Me the Horizon before 2015. I love Slayer as well. I could talk about music for hours on end so I couldn’t just answer with one song!
Time spent out of the water: Listening to music, finishing school.
Personalized license plate: Faja (shout out to all of the Austin Powers fans out there).
Wheels: 02’ Toyota 4Runner 4×4, all black with a pretty good sound system.
Ambitions: Still trying to figure that out, but definitely graduate college.
Inspirations: I have a lot, and admire a lot of people. Obviously, my parents because they support me and I think that they are just really good people. They have a great marriage and that is definitely something I respect. Other than family Will Skudin is another big inspiration to me. He is always super kind, but speaks his mind. I think that people who are upfront in this world are hard to come by. Paige Alms is also that way. I was able to spend a few days with her this past winter and learned what a strong woman she is. I hope that im able to see her again some time!
Biggest virtue: Loyalty- I’d walk to the edge of the earth for any of my friends.
Guilty Pleasure? Instagram.
Overrated: Instagram butt shots with inspirational quotes as the caption.
Underrated: Letters in the mail. If someone sent me a letter instead of a Snapchat it would probably make my week.
All-time buzz kill: When someone judges your music without trying to listen to it.
Name drop: Paige Alms. Will Skudin introduced me to her when she was working on a retreat here in PR. I was able to help with the retreat and got to know her a little more. One of the nicest, down to earth people I’ve met in the scene. Definitely a role model.
Breaking the law: This is actually embarrassing because the only frowned upon thing I’ve probably illegally done would be going 5 over the speed limit. Although, I have wormed my way into the United Plus member line when the check-in was out the door of the airport- it was 2am and I claimed I was a confused minor.
Biggest phobia: Not meeting my own expectations of myself.
Lesson learned the hard way: Don’t sit on the inside at Sunset.
Message for today’s misguided youth: Please don’t listen to mumble rap.
Secret other life: I’m a writer and a linguist. I could be considered fluent in Spanish, I’m also learning Chinese and French.
Credit due: My parents- they support me every step of the way. I can talk to them about anything and I think, because of our relationship, that’s the reason I am able to do what I do. When I was in Hawaii I think we talked on the phone at least 3 times a day.
If I could pick a superpower: Teleportation- maybe then I’d really be able to barrel ride.
Jet-skis are for… Towing in?
If I could do one thing over again… Everything I’ve done in the past can’t be changed. I accept my choices and move on from them without looking back with regret.
I snaked… A knee boarder, he was catching all the sets and the waves were pumping, I was having a weird session and I was fed up- I didn’t think he would make the section, he did.
Feral or five-star? Feral- there’s more culture. And, if you’re surfing enough, you don’t need to worry about looking presentable because you will only have time to eat and sleep.
What does it mean to you to be an East Coast surfer? It means that you have to go above and beyond. You have to be able to perform in some of the worst and best conditions in the world.
What is today’s surf culture lacking? Etiquette and good edit music.
Question we should have asked but didn’t? About what it’s like being a teenager in the surf scene right now. My answer to that would be that I feel like I’m always on my toes. I feel like there’s new content being shown on social media every day and if you’re not on your game, you could easily fade into the background because everything moves so fast. We have to deal with a lot emotionally as well between competing and just being a kid. I definiteley don’t think social media has helped with our emotions.
Last words? I don’t really have any because it’s hard for me to talk about myself. Answering these questions was very fun but hard at the same time.
Maddie living the dream on the Isla Del Encanto, Winter of 2018-19. Photo: Spike Chambers @spikecrs