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Sànoe Lake (born May 19, 1982) is an American actress of Hawaiian, Japanese, Irish, Chinese, and English descent.

Sanoe Lake
Born (1982-05-19) May 19, 1982 (age 35)
Kauai, Hawaii
Occupation Actress, Model, Surfer
Spouse(s) Michael Sterling Eaton (2007-present) 2 children



Sanoe Lake is an actress, model and surfer. She was born and raised in Kauai, Hawaii. Her name "Sànoe" means " The Mist of the Mountains."

She was a known tomboy and thrill seeker when she was growing up earning herself the nickname "Sanoe boy." Lake surfed competitively throughout her teens. At thirteen Lake moved from Kauai to the island of Oahu to attend high school. She was discovered when she was fifteen years old by a manager on the beach of Oahu's North Shore when she came in from surfing.[1] Soon after she began modeling internationally. Lake became known as the "Princess of Surf" throughout the action sports industry.[2] Lake had a successful career working as a professional model outside of the action sports industry however became dissatisfied with the modeling industry stating that it often felt "shallow and empty."


Lake was the face used to launch the brand Roxy. The early Roxy campaigns that featured Sanoe were shot by the New York fashion photographer Dewy Nicks.[3] The campaigns are credited for helping to create a new genre within the surfing industry for females by broadening their representation outside of competitive surfing.

Lake was one of the first female surfers to come out of the surfing industry and cross over into main stream media. She became known as the "Princess of Surf" throughout the surfing industry due to her multidimensional career. She has been featured on the cover of dozens of magazines and has been featured in various commercials world wide. Some of the television commercial campaigns Lake was featured in were Target, MasterCard, Gap, Volkswagen, Eddie Bauer and MTV. Some of the magazines Lake was featured in were Elle, Vogue, Vanity Fair, W, Cosmopolitan, Variety, Sports Illustrated, Seventeen, People, Shape and Teen Magazine.[4] She wrote the book, Surfer Girl.[5]

Lake starred in the music videos of Jam & Spoon "Stella" (1999 version) and starred in the music video "If I Could Fall in Love" by Lenny Kravitz (2003)[6]

Sanoe is best known for starring in the cult classic movie Blue Crush (Universal Studios and Imagine Entertainment) in 2002. She was nominated for an MTV Movie Award for her role in the film along with actresses Kate Bosworth, Michelle Rodriguez[7] In 2005, Lake became part of the cast for the film Cruel World starring alongside Edward Furlong and Jaime Pressly. She went on to play the role Rain in Rolling when it was offered to her in 2007. In 2008 Lake stars as Gina, alongside Devon Sawa in the film The Darkness.[8]

She landed the lead role in the 2009 film Half-Life and played the role of Pamela. The film received critical acclaim when it premiered in the 2008 Sundance Film Festival and went on to win the Gen Art Acura Grand Jury Prize 2008, the Asian American International Film Festival Best Feature Film Award, the San Francisco International Asian American Film Festival Best Narrative Feature Award, and the Visionary Award at Calgary's Fairy Tales International. It was also nominated for the Tokyo Grand Prix at the Tokyo International Film Festival.[9]

From 2003-2013 Sanoe was contracted to be a face of Billabong Girls. During the decade Lake was contracted with Billabong she was featured in numerous international print campaigns and commercials for the company. During her final year's with Billabong Lake became the ambassador of Design For Humanity. Design for Humanity is an art-fashion-music showcase held at Paramount Studios in Hollywood, California. The block party festival features music, fashion shows, live art auctions and organic food trucks to raise funds for non profit organizations that are linked to the surfing community. Lake went on international missions trips to work directly with the non profit organizations Design For Humanity donated to.

Personal lifeEdit

Lake has two children with husband Michael Sterling Eaton. She is rumored to have stopped acting due to her dislike of public recognition.


Film and television
Year Title Role
2009 Creature of Darkness Gina
2008 Half-Life Pamela Wu
2007 Rolling Rain
2005 Cruel World Ruby
2002 Blue Crush Lena


  1. ^ "Arnette Sunglasses". Zoom Info. Retrieved 9 September 2014. 
  2. ^ Surf Shot magazine Sanoe Lake interview.  Missing or empty |title= (help); External link in |publisher= (help);
  3. ^ Surf Girl Roxy. Surf Girl Roxy book pages. Retrieved 9 September 2014. 
  4. ^ IMDB.  Missing or empty |title= (help); External link in |publisher= (help);
  5. ^ "Surfer Girl The Book". Retrieved 9 September 2014. 
  6. ^ "Lenny Kravitz "If I Could Fall In Love" official music video". You Tube. Retrieved 9 September 2014. 
  7. ^ "MTV Movie Award Nomination Blue Crush". Internet Movie Date Base. 
  8. ^ Creature of Darkness to Finally See the Light of Day
  9. ^ "Half Life". Internet Movie Date Base. 

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