When we first ran into Hanna Scott it was evident that she’s a spirited creature who radiates…well, merriment. The girl smiles, she laughs, she’s fun, and she’s charming. Having grown up on the west coast of Canada, Hanna is a lover of the ocean and of all things surf and sandy. Her talents in the water have landed her sponsorships with Storm Surf Shop, Vans, Roxy, and Dakine - and she’s a surf instructor to boot. Back when our little peninsula was still shivering with the chills of early spring, Hanna agreed to take to the beach for a sunshine photo shoot.
The TEASER by Adelaide
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The PHOTOS by Adelaide
Hair: Tanya Berger [Studio One]
Styling: Jen Thorpe
Apparel: Storm Surf Shop
The INTERVIEW by Zina
Zina: So first off, tell me about your haircut.
Hanna: What’s that supposed to mean! [laughs] That’s a good one. Oh my god it’s recording…Well, I have a LOT of hair, so I went somewhere warm and it was too hot so I cut it off. [more laughs] And then I went somewhere warm again, so I cut it off again. And here we are (holds out a short bit), it’s only about an inch long in certain places…
Z: Where’d you go?
H: I went to Central America, mostly in El Salvador. I was going to an art school there, and it was really fun, but I only went for about four months of it ‘cause then I went off to Mexico to surf, and had to leave school. Then I went to Indonesia, and it was really hot there as well, so I had to cut my hair again…but we’re not talking about my hair anymore anyway.
Z: Can you describe the best and most memorable year of your life in five words?
H: 2010, so much water in my brain. [laughs] No, that doesn’t work: Water, coffee, Spanish, surfboards, skateboards.
Z: Tell me about your tattoos.
H: Oh my gosh. Well, I have an eyeball right there [points at her ankle] and that was the first tattoo I got. I just think eyes are very, very cool. Everyone’s eyes. And I have “Beans” written on my foot. I think beans are pretty important. Definitely to eat: Lots of protein in them and there’s lots of fibre. And also, your beans are like your friends and family. I have an elephant on my leg and his name is Hedus and he’s a wanderer. And I have a carrot on my arm. Also highly nutritious, just as nutritious as beans. Some say, if you eat too many carrots, you turn orange. I don’t know if I believe that, but this carrot happened in 2010.
Z: What’s it like working at Surf Sister?
H: It’s very fun, and it’s very funny. Also full of coffee. Surf Sister is really cool because all the girls who work there are really great and we have a lot of fun. Also, you’re in the water, which I love. It’s also very tiring, but very fun.
Z: If you could hang out with anybody in the world, dead or alive, for a day, who would it be?
H: Maybe David Bowie? Maybe a dinosaur or something…or maybe my dog.
The MUSIC by Hanna
Hanna Scott “Lost at Sea” by TofinoCOLLECTIVE