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By Andrea Swayne
Age: 9, Concordia Elementary
“I like surfing because I love being in the ocean and the feeling of being on a wave,” said Sawyer Lindblad, who’s been surfing since the age of 4 under the tutelage of her father. Sawyer is making her first foray into surf series competition this season in the Western Surfing Association Championship Tour. At the WSA season opener, Aug. 3 at San Onofre Trail 6, she took top honors in the Girls U10 division. “It’s really fun surfing against different people. It makes me try harder because I really want to win and keep getting better,” Sawyer said.
Her other hobbies include tennis and skateboarding. In school, Sawyer is a third-grader who works hard to earn good grades and especially enjoys reading and writing. This summer she went on a surf trip to the big island of Hawaii and had a great time surfing at Pine Trees. Sawyer said her next surf trip will likely be there as well, because her grandpa lives there.
But if she could choose anywhere in the world for her next surf trip, she’d choose Australia. Her favorite local break is Riviera and some of her favorite people to surf with are her dad, her uncle, her brother Taj and her friend Ryder Biolos. When I grow up I want to be a teacher or an interior decorator. I watch design shows on TV and it looks really fun because you get to be creative and make homes look pretty,” Sawyer said. “I want to try to be a pro surfer too, so right now I’m doing the WSA and practicing with my dad as often as he’ll take me. It’s so much fun and it makes me feel really happy. Winning the first WSA felt really good too.”