Hagan Johnson surfed his way into the semifinal rounds of both U14 and U16 at Steamer Lane in Santa Cruz last month at Surfing America Prime event No. 4. Photo: Andrea Swayne
Hagan Johnson surfed his way into the semifinal rounds of both U14 and U16 at Steamer Lane in Santa Cruz last month at Surfing America Prime event No. 4. Photo: Andrea Swayne

By Andrea Swayne

Grom of the Week: Hagan Johnson

Hagan Johnson of San Clemente has been turning in some impressive performances in competition this winter, as well as lighting up the local breaks with his rapidly improving skills.

In December at the San Clemente Pier, he took home trophies in three divisions, winning both the Boys U14 and U16 divisions and taking third in Boys U18 at Western Surfing Association event No. 5. He followed that up in January at WSA event No. 6 in Oceanside, with two podium appearances, winning the Boys U18 division and earning a fourth-place trophy in Boys U16.

Also in January, Hagan had a great run at the Surfing America Prime event in big, challenging conditions in Santa Cruz at Steamer Lane. Although he narrowly missed the trophy rounds in both U14 and U16, his skilled surfing carried him through to the semifinals of both divisions of the highly competitive, invitation only event.

We look forward to watching Hagan continue to climb the ranks in WSA and Surfing America Prime, where he is currently ranked No. 12 in U14 and No. 16 in U16.

Highly dedicated to his sport, Hagan trains hard and practices often and at only 13 years old, his surfing skill belies his years every time he paddles out to the lineup, whether in competition or free surfing.

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