September was an epic month. I (finally) got to surf again, travel more, and I got an opportunity.
This month started off GREAT because I got to go to Surf Expo in Orlando, Florida. When I traveled there, I met with a few sponsors and I picked up a new sponsor! Orion Surfboards is my new sponsor and they are going to make me some awesome new boards! I got to meet Bethany Hamilton while I was there, also. (She’s really tall!) It was amazing to meet someone that has accomplished so much even though she’s been through a lot. Surf Expo was really great for me to go to and it was awesome to see some friends I haven’t seen in a while.
After that weekend, I went to school for a week then took off for Nags Head, North Carolina. Easterns. That week was the first time I had surfed in two months! I was SO excited to get back in the water on my board. It was awesome to be able to surf again, see friends, and compete at such a great competition. I was able to train with an amazing coach, Erik Krammer, and learn so much throughout four days of training with him. My first heat was a Girls Shortboard heat where I got second and advanced to quarter finals. In quarters, I got eliminated. I got eliminated in Semi finals in Menehune Bodyboard, but that is okay. In Menehune Longboard, I advanced all the way to Semi Finals where I got eliminated. It was disappointing to be eliminated, but I have something to work towards to for next year. In Jr. Womens Longboard, I made it all the way to the final. My semi final was the best I have performed at a contest. I got an 8.83 and a 6.0 for my two waves and it was awesome. I was the only person to make it to the outside and it completely paid off. In my final, I didn’t make it to the outside and had to surf the inside waves. I ended up getting third place for the entire East Coast. I also was awarded the Iron Woman and made the 2015 ESA Allstar Team! This year’s Easterns was an amazing experience.
After Easterns, we had a Georgia ESA competition. It was great to go back to Tybee to surf. The waves weren’t like they were at Easterns, but it wasn’t flat. I won Jr. Womens Longboard and got second in Menehune Longboard and Girls Shortboard. It was great to see everybody, too.
This past month, an opportunity arose. I have the opportunity to go and speak at a girls’ conference in Alabama. It is an amazing opportunity to encourage others and have God make an impact in the lives of others. I also get to speak to a Social Entrepreneurship class at Belmont in October! I cannot wait for the experience!
This past month has been full of surfing, competition, traveling, and opportunities. I cannot wait to see what October holds.