October 19, 2013 was a fun day in Atlantic City, NJ For the First East coast Event of the 2013/2014 Surfing America Prime Season. And the Surf was really good all week, Sophie started off strong winning her first heat of girls u16. and Placing 2nd and moving on in u18. The semis were really intense, Sophie surfed valiantly but got edged out of the u16 in the last seconds, giving her an equal 5th place result and valuable points. The u18 semi was a different story firmly holding on to second and battling to maintain that position. Sophie made it to the u18 girls final and held in there taking 4th place respectively. She had a great event and really turned some heads dropping big scores.
There is a great article on the event at Eastern Surf Magazine, Thanks to Surfing America for the killer photo!
What another great event Sophie surfed a really hard fought heat in round 1 but came up short. What a great experience though, And to get another awesome coaching session with USA Team Coach Ryan Simmons (aka Coach Simmo) was a great learning experience. Cant wait for US Champs in California!
Sophie Won NSSA Open Girls #2 and then drove back to Jax just in time for her final at the Florida State Surfing Championships and took 3rd place in the 14-20 Jr. Womens Division. Way to go Kid! Ripping your way to all finals and surfing solid!
Sophie Won the 2012 5th Annual Matt Rast Gray Memorial contest in Atlantic Beach, FL. She surfed well in the Queesn’s 16 & under Division, Also she skated in the skate contest in the AB Bowl and placed 2nd, just a fun overall weekend!
Sophie experienced her first NSSA East Coast Championships contest last week in sloppy 2-4′ conditions in New Smyrna Beach, With a staked heat in Round 1, She surfed very strong with high scoring snappy turns earning her 2nd Place and moved her to the Semi-Final or reporcharge round. With the waves not cooperating and breaking pretty funky she needed a 2 to advance to the final and just did not get it.
Sophie finished the NSSA season in 3rd place in her district and 8th over all at East coast championships, So Top 10 in her first season is a great accomplishment in our books!
Sophie went to her first Surf Expo in Orlando, FL. She visited all the cool people that have given her sponsor support over the years and got to meet Gerry Lopez, What an Honor! Also a big thanks to Kyle for Getting Sophie on the Arnette Program and thanks to everyone for making her first Surf Expo a Memorable one!
Sophie followed that up with a 3rd Place finish Sunday in New Smyrna Inlet for NSSA #4 in cold small clean surf!