By Andrea Swayne
Grom of the Week: Allyson Heinemeyer
Age: 16, Dana Hills High School
Allyson Heinemeyer is a junior in her third year on the school surf team and her first year on the Doheny Longboard Surfing Association team. A surfer since the age of 7, Allyson has since developed into an accomplished and stylish wave rider. So far this season she’s earned a few first- and second-place finishes at high school events. As a part of the DLSA team, she was recently recognized as the top U18 competitor.
In the Western Surfing Association Championship Tour series, her most recent results were a second-place finish in November in San Diego and in December, a third-place at the San Clemente Pier in Girls U18 Longboard.
In school she is an ‘A’ and ‘B’ student.
“I pay attention in class and am a pretty diligent worker when it comes to all of my classes, but my favorites are art and surfing. There’s nothing better than waking up each morning and starting my day at Creek,” she said. “And I love being creative in art class, especially painting and charcoal drawings.”
Allyson is considering capitalizing on her love of art and sewing by studying fashion design or art in college. She is also planning on delving into professional level surf competitions this year but says no matter what happens, free surfing will always be a part of her life.
“I like it because you’re one with nature and there’s no ‘proper’ way of surfing, no set rules. You can do what you want, what you feel. It’s just a beautiful sport.”