After her first glimpse at surfing at the age of nine, Alisa Schwarzstein-Cairns was competing at local NSSA events and then went on to be a world amateur champion by the age of 15. From there, it was a seamless transition into the pro ranks and in 1984, Cairns was named ASP Rookie of the Year. Her best result was a fourth in the world in 1986 and she held a solid position in the top eight for nearly four years. After her career, she served on the ASP board for ten years alongside Debbie Beacham and helped grow the sport. She gives back by coaching the Laguna Beach High School surf team as well as mentoring up-and-coming female surfers from Laguna, Taylor Pitz and Leah Pakpour, and is a member of the Surfing America ISA Masters Team that won the team gold medal in 2011, and the team silver medal in July 2012. Alisa Schwarzstein-Cairns received the ‘Woman of the Year’ award from the Surfing Walk of Fame in 2012.