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Marley Peniata. Photo by Andrea Swayne
Marley Peniata. Photo by Andrea Swayne

By Andrea Swayne

Age: 6, Marblehead Elementary

Marley Peniata has been surfing since the age of 4.

“I started on my daddy’s board. He showed me all the moves,” she said, “The first time I stood up felt super-duper cool. I was really happy.”

Marley likes surfing on the weekends and sometimes after school. She also enjoys accompanying her twin brother Taj to his WSA contests but says she prefers to surf just for fun. Her other interests include art, ballet and tap dancing.

A studious first-grader, Marley is especially excited about learning to read and says her favorite book so far is If You Give a Mouse a Cookie. Marley likes being a part of a surfing family and going to the beach together is one of her favorite things to do.

“I watch my dad surf and sometimes he helps me. He pushes me into waves and helps me duck dive. It’s fun when we go under the water and I hold my breath,” she said. “My mom chillaxes on the beach and cheers for me. I like surfing with my brother and playing together when we find hermit crabs and shells and seaweed and sticks.”

Marley also loves traveling with her family and the island of Tavarua in Fiji is one of her favorite places to visit.

“One time I was on my dad’s stand-up paddleboard with him at Restaurants and we saw a big daddy sea turtle and I wished he had a mustache,” she said with a giggle. “That would be so fun.”

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