Lisa Autrey is the epitome of femininity, soul and style. When she’s not sliding along the waves of her St. Augustine home breaks, you can find her either thrifting, creating Native American inspired jewelry and bags, or in the woods or a local park contorting her body into seemingly impossible forms.
When it came to picking a surf feature for our Art and Fashion issue, there was no better fit than Ms. Autrey. We caught up with her to talk longboards, leather and love.
Lisa, you’ve been a longboard goddess since the beginning. What made you want to stick to a log while everyone else rode shortboards?
Well longboarding has always been so classic and beautiful to me. What’s more feminine than seeing a women walk the nose? Longboards are also where it all started! They have so much history to them, which makes it very special to be able to ride one. Plus the waves in Florida are so small how could you not ride a longboard!
Quiver? My 9’6 purple longboard, Penelope Jane, and my 5’6 quad
What is your favorite thing about surfing?
My favorite thing about surfing is that I can share it with my partner Drew. It is such a magical feeling to be able to share a passion with your soul mate. It fills my heart with joy every time I see him sliding on a wave.
You come from a family of rippers – tell us a little about them.
I’m so blessed to have grown up with a surfing family. Going to the beach to surf was our family outing. Growing up near the ocean has made me so connected with Mother Nature and has made me the woman I am today. It was so nice having my mom and dad encourage me to surf. I remember if the swell were good, my mom would always come and pick me up early from school. I am so thankful for that. My dad and brother also have a surfboard business called Warrior Surfboards, so it was never hard to find a board to ride.
I feel like you’ve always had somewhat of an “old soul”. Would you say this is true? And if so – explain.
Ohhh I am most definitely an old soul! I always thought I should have been born in the ‘60s. Vintage clothing has always intrigued and inspired me. I love knowing what I am wearing has a story behind it. I also don’t really know anything about the pop music and whatnot that’s happening right now. I pretty much stick to the music that touches my soul like Jimmi Hendrix, the Grateful Dead, The Band and Railroad Earth.
Describe your personal style.
My personal style usually consists of a thrift store find paired with my moccasin boots and tons of Native American jewelry. I feel like style is so important, because it shows who you are. It’s fun to put together items you don’t think would match and make it work. It’s all about being funky.
Tell us about your jewelry creations.
My jewelry reflects my Native American roots. I usually make pieces with feathers and turquoise. I also make fringe handbags. I am interested in Native American culture and you can see that shine through my creations.
I get a lot of inspiration from festivals and music. Being around so much positive energy and fashion gets the creative juices flowing. Another inspiration would have to be my mom. She had a leather shop for over 30 years and made the most beautiful leather creations and I strive to be as talented as her.
My all-time style icon would have to be Stevie Nix. She really knew how to rock velvet. I also really love Jonie Mitchell’s style. She has such an effortless style and her voice soothes my soul. An icon for today’s time would probably be model, Filippa Berg. She has such a nostalgic style and she always looks stunning.
What makes you happy?
Oh, wow so many things make me happy! The warm ocean breeze, salt on my skin, being next to my lover, Yoga, my friends, sunshine, music, energy, books, laughing, moon light dances, Indian food, thrift stores, blue grass, camping. Just being alive and living in this beautiful world makes me happy.
A goal I have right now is to become an Acro Yoga teacher in a year or so. I know it will happen because that is what I enjoy doing and I want to teach it so people can benefit from it. It is so healing and life transforming. I hope everyone can try it. I have so many dreams that I want to come true. Backpacking through Peru would be on top of my dream list.
Love yourself first before anything else. Then everything after will fall in perfect harmony.
Anything else you would like to tell us?
The last thing I would like to say is that I hope everyone finds love and happiness in this world.