Surf Shacks 024 – Brook Power

Brook could teach a master class on ‘effortless cool’. She’s a killer combo of laid-back-Hawaii-‘tude layered with Cali-cool-chica. This is probably why she’s constantly booked to be the face of ‘this’ brand or starring in a commercial about ‘that’ product… I met Brook during one of her shoots and instantly felt we were part of the same tribe. She’s independent, tough, smart, savvy, and adorable with her head floating in the stars and on planet Earth at the same time.

Brook could teach a master class on ‘effortless cool’. She’s a killer combo of laid-back-Hawaii-‘tude layered with Cali-cool-chica. This is probably why she’s constantly booked to be the face of ‘this’ brand or starring in a commercial about ‘that’ product… I met Brook during one of her shoots and instantly felt we were part of the same tribe. She’s independent, tough, smart, savvy, and adorable with her head floating in the stars and on planet Earth at the same time.

Who are you? Tell us a little about yourself. 

I’m just a normal chica tryna b coo in Los Angeles 

Where are you from?

From North Shore O’ahu, up Pupukea hill right up against the creepy jungle. 

What do you do for a living?

I do commercials and modeling, surf work when I’m lucky.

How long have you been surfing? Where did you first learn?

I dunno when I learned. My dad would have me paddle out at like Makaha or Sunset when I was like 8 and he would ditch me and I would get worked. Haha, such a dick. I got pretty tough though. And I basically just taught myself. I would surf Gas Chambers with the other Keiki a lot I remember. 

What is your favorite part about the area you live in?

I have a house here in Westchester and one in Ventura and they’re both super chill un-gentrified neighborhoods close to nature and the beach. Aaaaand there’s a Trader Joes two blocks away from each house, which rules.

What’s the best time of year there?

When it’s cold. Which in California we never know when that will be anymore. 

Your house looks really cozy. How did you find it and how did you come to live here?

It’s pretty coze. I bought it 3 years ago when no one wanted to live in this area cuz it was like too close to Inglewood or some shit. I was tired of traffic and Venice had gotten so lame and infiltrated with dorks so I had to go keep it real somewhere. I love Westchester, it kinda blew up round here after I got this house though. I’m looking for another house in Inglewood right now too.

What are your favorite parts of your home?

We love our fireplace, lyk, we lovvvvve it. No one has fireplaces in Hawaii so now that we have one we are amped. In the 1940’s they built houses with lots of small rooms, which I initially thought I wouldn’t like since most modern homes have very open floor plans. But I always have a lot of people in my house and so all the smaller rooms give us a feeling of privacy if we ever need it. I like having a busy household. it keeps you from being a weirdo.

Who made all of the collage pieces around the house?

That would be me amigo.

Who’s your furry friend?

That little dork is Holy Smokes and he will bite everyone.

If your house was burning down and there’s only time to grab a handful of things what would they be?

Holy Smokes, my niece Lucca, my fathers gun and a Bible cuz you shouldn’t let that burn now should ya.

How would you define your style?

Teenage boy meets chola?

Who are your style icons/inspirations?

Damn, Gwen Stefani was so fukkin cool back in the day, Tragic Kingdom ese.

What’s your favorite board of all time?

Deadkooks made me a custom 7’0 single fin speed hull, pretty sikkkk.

Where is your favorite place to surf in the world?

Well Mexico… Barra De La Cruz n stuff. And Indo is pretty fun n all, but I think I would rather go to Hawaii than Indo. Paddle out at V-Land on a good dia and be home and then go get some poke!

You get to travel a lot for work, where are your top spots you’ve been for work or play?

Ummm, I get to work in South America and Australia quite a bit. I love Mexico, mi corazon man, I get to work there next month and I’m stoked.  I love Australia’s waterfalls – careful of leeches though. Shooting in the Caribbean, even though there aren’t usually waves, is always soooo nice. Such a dreamy zone.

Any upcoming projects you are excited about?

I just did a Vogue fashion film in Austin that was all 60’s rock-a-billy chic. that was koo… And I have a Playboy spread comin out that might be cool. Scandalous!

Check out Brook’s Insta feed here:

@brookpower

/ Photography and interview by Paul Collins

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