Thai / Aussie SuperGrom Alysse Cooper


Meet promising up-and-coming half-Thai Grom Alysse Cooper

Photos courtesy of Ian Cooper


It seems the fairer sex is poised to take over from the guys as the bastions of Thai surfing. Just when we were getting used to Phuket’s darling Annissa Flynn surfing circles around us, we got wind of another half Thai/Aussie supergrom – Alysse Cooper from Manly Beach in the northern suburbs of Sydney.


Alysse’s father, Ian, met mother KopKaew in Singapore as KopKaew was returning home after studying law in Japan. Alysse was born in her mother’s hometown of Ubon Ratchatani but has spent her childhood growing up and surfing in Australia.



Alysse started surfing at the tender age of 5, being pushed into foamies by her father, a veteran surfer of 40 years. One of 4 siblings (2 sisters and a brother) Ian says Alysse can “speak Thai nit noi, but understands a lot!”.


Now 11, Alysse is the youngest of a group selected by the Australian Sports Commission to take part in a five day intensive training camp for the under 16 elite headed by Australian national junior team coach Martin Dunn.


In her short yet dazzling career, Alysse has racked up an impressive amount of awards and surfing titles. Her literally dozens of  final round appearances include 1st place finishes in under 13 girls at the Wahu Grom Comp 2010, the Open Women’s at the Will Joy Memorial 2010, and Greenfest Surf Comp Under 14 girls 2010. She’s also come in 2nd at (among others) the Ocean and Earth Teenage Rampage under 13’s and the Barton Lynch Hurley Blast Off girls under 10’s.



Further showing her dedication to the ocean, Alysse is active in her local Nippers youth surf lifesaving club and just took first place in the New South Wales under 11 board paddling comp that saw over 3,000 competitors aged 8 to 14.


When not in the water, Alysse represents her school in running, studies advanced maths, and plays soccer.


“I surf every day before school and after school but always do my homework,” she says, adding “my dad always takes me surfing and does all the driving.”


Her heroes being Steph Gilmore and Clay Marzo, Alysse says her goal is “to be on the World Surfing circuit and become world champion!”.



With her remarkable achievements so far, the sky is definitely the limit!


Sponsors O’Neill and Warner Surfboards have already picked up the grom phenom, and Alysse is keen to represent new sponsors as she looks to advance her promising surfing career.


We will certainly be keeping an eye on Alysse and hope to share some waves with her in her native Thailand someday soon!





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