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By Andrea Swayne
Age: 12, Laurel Springs School
Izzy Hopkins moved to Dana Point a little over a year ago and began surfing at that time. Since relocating from Redlands, Izzy has been fiercely dedicated to progressing in the sport she has come to love. She got her start at a Girl in the Curl surf camp and since then surfing has become a passion.
“Mary (Hartmann) pushed me into my first wave and I stood up and loved it,” Izzy said. “I rode it all the way to the beach and I was so excited I was screaming.”
Since catching the surf bug, she has been competing as much as possible—in WSA, NSSA and Soul Surf competitions—and training three times a week with the Soul Surf team.
“Competing is super fun, to try your best and see how well you do. It’s helped me improve a lot,” she said. “I really want to be a pro surfer, see how far I can take it and be the best surfer I can be.”
A former competitive swimmer, she is also thinking about going back to that sport in order to improve her paddling power.
In school Izzy is a college-bound, straight-A seventh-grader who dreams of going to law school.
“I want to become a criminal prosecutor because I want to make sure our community is safe and make sure that the people who are doing harmful things are put away in prison,” she said.
Besides surfing, she also enjoys skateboarding and drawing.
“Surfing is my all-time favorite thing to do though,” Izzy said. “I like the adrenaline rush you get when you catch a wave and how it just feels really peaceful being in the ocean.”