Girl On: Eva LewingtonSep 19 2007 / Los Angeles, CA
When she's not surfing or spending time with her treasured dogs, Eva likes to make things from what other people might discard -- practical, useful things. And that's what she hopes to teach as she continues her studies.
We caught up with Eva as she was starting school again and asked her about her studies, her dogs and, of course, her surfing.
Lat34: So you're in school right now... What are you studying?
Eva: I'm just finishing up my gen. ed at OCC and im doing the fashion program there as well. I plan on transferring back to CSULB to eventually get my teaching credential. I’d love to teach fashion classes at the college level.
I sew lots of everyday things out of recycled/reused materials. I like to try to make things that most people would buy (anything from grocery bags and back packs to dresses, shorts, and skirts). I recently took a pattern-making class that taught me a lot of techniques that I apply to my craft.
Lat34: Is it hard to juggle surfing with school?
Eva: At times it can get pretty difficult. I have to plan my classes so that I have at least 2-3 days to surf for most of the morning. It gets really windy by noon so it is crucial that I get as much time in before it gets blown out.
Lat34: Am I right that you also skate?
Eva: I don’t skate that much anymore but I do ride road/fixed gear bikes. I use my little fixie to get around as much as possible. Its really fun, great exercise, and its good for the environment.
Lat34: What's the best part about living in HB?
Eva: Nothing. I just moved to Costa Mesa and I’m lovin’ it. It’s a little bit more like SF, which is where I lived when I was little. Its got a lot of flavor and plenty of interesting people.
Lat34: Costa Mesa is nice -- and of course you have great shopping at South Coast Plaza. What stores do you like the most there?
Eva: I don't go there often but the Barneys co-op always provides me with beautiful clothes to drool over.
Lat34: Other than school, what are your plans for the rest of the year?
Eva: I'm tied down with school till early December. After that I will probably go to Hawaii for a little. I have a few long bike rides that I’d like to go on during my winter break and I’d love to go back to Taiwan to score some warm water and good waves.
Lat34: Do you have any pet peeves?
Eva: I get pretty bummed on how much Americans as a whole waste their resources. Also, I don’t like cats.
Lat34: Not a cat person -- so that must mean you like dogs. Do you have any?
Eva: I LOVE dogs. I have two rescue dogs one black lab name Jet and one cockapoo/boarder collie named Sgt. Pepper. They are my two most favorite creatures in the world.
Lat34: What are your favorite places to travel and why?
Eva: I love love love Spain. I’ve been twice and I absolutely love it. The most recent time was the best because it was pure vacation and I was there with my boyfriend. We took the train around everywhere. I also recently fell head over heels with Taiwan. The people are so nice, the food is incredible, and the waves were fantastic.
We hooked up with the most incredible surf tour guide Toumei, from Naluwan Surf Tours, who took us to the best surf spot and food vendors.
Lat34: What's the worst thing that's happened to you on a trip -- on or off the water?
Eva: I got strep throat the day before going on a trip to Costa Rica/ Argentina. I didn’t have time to go to the doctors to get medicine so I had to stick out a 6 hour flight with the worst sore throat ever. Then we got to CR and had a 6-7 hour car ride on washboard roads. We stopped at a juice stand on the side of the road and some crafty drifters snagged a few bags out of the back of the van while I was laying down in it. Luckily none of my things were stolen, but it was a pretty bad start to an otherwise amazing trip.
Lat34: Where would you like to go that you haven't been?
Eva: I want to go to Morocco to surf it looks like such an amazing place. I know its not the best idea to visit now with the current political climate. Other then that I’d like to tour as much of Europe as I can on my bike with my boyfriend.
Lat34: Any advice for the groms out there who think you have a pretty sweet life?
Eva: Be patient. Patience is the best virtue to own. I believe that everything happens for one reason or another and it’s best to be patient instead of jumping to conclusions. Also, wear sun block. Always wear sun block!
- Greg Baerg