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New "Surf House" web series documents the life of a North Shore surfer


When "Surf House" -- a new reality show about four young surfers on the North Shore of Oahu -- premieres today on Network A Hawaiian starlet Alisha Gonsalves will probably miss it. That is because the South Shore of Oahu has is firing and the 20-year-old wahine will be most likely surfing overhead waves at her home break Ala Moana Bowls. The waves in Town were firing for the past four days. Therefore, it was difficult to nail down Alisha for an interview because she was surfing so much. For the past two years, she has traversed the globe, competing and chasing World Championship Tour qualification. So when she is at home in Honolulu Alisha is looking to surf as much as possible, especially when the waves are this good. Finally we caught up to her after she surfed six- to eight-foot Ala Moana Bowls for three hours plus with less than a dozen guys in the water. Needless to say, she was stoked on the epic session at her home break, and seemed equally excited to talk about "Surf House."

How did you get involved with "Surf House?" 
I was sponsored by Roxy for a long time and Jamie Tierney -- who works on the show -- worked for Quiksilver. The opportunity for the show came up and he asked me if I wanted to tryout for it. There were auditions at Huntington Beach where I was at the time. A couple of my friends were going so I was like, "Oh okay, why not?" So I went into Huntington and did the audition. Then next thing I got an email from Tierney asking if I still wanted to do the show a year later.

So when did the shooting for "Surf House" occur? 
We started shooting in November [2012] and ended in December. I think it was about six weeks.

What was the coolest part about doing the reality TV show? 
There were a lot of great things that I got to experience, but I think I have to say the coolest was actually getting to live in a nice house on the North Shore in the wintertime on the beach with three people I didn't really know very well in the beginning. Just getting to know them, hangout and have a living space together.

Who were you the closest to in the house and why? 
I was the closest with Bree [Kleintop] in the house. Of course she is the only girl so we were going to click -- we shared a room and bed together. It was huge king-size bed, but I got to sleep with her. It was fun and I got to spend a lot of time with her. Bree was the closest one to me in the house. Out of the boys, I love both of them equally.



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