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Tristan Prettyman

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Del Mar (2005 – present)

Tristan Prettyman (born May 23, 1982) is a singer-songwriter and former Roxy model. She was born and raised in the town of Del Mar located in San Diego County, California.

Taking advantage of the town’s proximity to the ocean, she began surfing at the age of 12. She competed in the National Scholastic Surfing Association (NSSA) High School Division and earned fifth place in the state title while still in middle school.

At 15, she was given a cassette of Ani DiFranco’s 1993 Puddle Dive by her half-brother’s friend. She played the album constantly and it still has great sentimental value to her. It serves as a reminder of when her musical ambitions started to blossom.

Inspired by DiFranco’s music and due in part to her nature of being a self-described “nosy kid” she entered her parents’ room and began playing around with her father’s old acoustic guitar. Although her parents were initially angry with her for “taking” her father’s guitar, they eventually became supportive of her interest in music.

She began playing in front of friends at their homes and they encouraged her to begin writing her own material. One night, while performing for some friends, an employee of the production company The Moonshine Conspiracy, run by surf filmmaker Taylor Steele and professional surfer Chris Malloy, heard her and asked Tristan to appear in the film the company was working on at the time entitled Shelter. Tristan’s song, Anything at All was chosen to be on the soundtrack.

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