Lani Aliikai is the niece of Big Z, Cody Maverick's girlfriend and the tritagonist in the 2007 animated film Surf's Up and the deuteragonist of 2017 sequel Surf's Up 2: Wavemania.

She is voiced by Zooey Deschanel in the first film and Melissa Sturm in the sequel.




Surf's Up

Lani is a lifeguard and is Big Z's niece. She first meets Cody after Cody bumped into her while he angrily left the water whilst preparing to take part in the "Big Z Memorial Surf Off". Lani eventually persuades him to return.  After Cody is wiped out by Tank "The Shredder" Evans, Lani helps him back to shore and takes him to her uncle Geek (actually an older Big Z) to heal. She helps Cody build a new surfboard. She then comes in and joins the crew.  

During the finals, Cody and Chicken Joe were in a battle and Tank wipes out. Lani rescues Tank and Big Z helps Cody.

Cody and Tank end up disqualified from the surf off, but Cody accepts this and decides that he rather just have fun instead.  By the end of the film, Lani and Cody became a couple after Cody finishes the interview and joins Lani and his friends in the water. 

Surf's Up 2: Wavemania

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Surf's Up

Surf's Up 2: Wavemania


  • Drew Barrymore was originally considered to voice Lani.

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