Alia Kahan was born into the unusual. She was raised between a West Virginia commune, sugar plantation era North Shore Oahu, and suburban California. She attended Parsons in NYC for a BFA in Art, Media & Technology. After graduating into the recession, she hustled a multitude of jobs and built a freelance writing and editing career. She spent summers working as a cook in a Zen Buddhist center, then she shaved her head, sold all her belongings, and set off to backpack Mexico & Central America. Here she began surfing and changed everything to pursue the sport. Six years later, she is still surfing every day. She lives in a self-built Sprinter motor home, currently based in Mexico, with her rescue dog, Arroyo.