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By Andrea Swayne
Nicole Economos, age 11, of San Clemente, has been surfing since the age of 9 and has no plans of stopping, “ever,” she said.
This year, along with her twin sister Alex, Nicole has added Girls U12 shortboard competition in the Western Surfing Association Championship Tour series, after enjoying Soul Surf Series events last season.
Having been inspired to take up the sport by her brothers, she took to it quickly. Surfing has become one of her passions and sparked an interest in dreaming about the possibility of surfing professionally someday.
“I want to take my surfing to the next level,” Nicole said.
She also has plans to take school just as seriously. Having earned the highest marks possible in elementary school, Nicole is looking forward to earning ‘A’ grades in middle school and beyond. She will be starting sixth grade at Shorecliffs Middle School next week, a move, she said, has her thinking of high school and beyond.
Part of her plan for higher education includes going to college in Santa Cruz, “because it’s near the beach and the good waves make the cold water worth it,” she said.
An active multi-sport athlete and budding artist, Nicole also enjoys skateboarding, gymnastics drawing and painting.
“I love surfing because it you can really do whatever you want on the waves,” Nicole said. “Being in the ocean feels really good too. I love the feeling of doing turns and just being free to choose what to do on every wave.”
Nicole counts her family’s relocation to San Clemente as one of the best things that has ever happened to her.
“I really like the vibe here and being able to walk to the beach is awesome,” she said. “Where we used to live it was super hot and there was no beach nearby. Now I can go every day if I want to. And I want to.”