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By Jake Howard

It was a family trip to Costa Rica when she was 11 years old that really sold San Clemente’s Cora Nordheim on surfing.

“My dad introduced me to the ocean, and I first got started by my uncle, Bill, teaching me everything and taking me out at Old Man’s,” Cora said, “but I really got into it when I visited Costa Rica.”

Four years since that fateful trip to Central America, today Cora’s a 15-year-old freshman at Mater Dei High School. She’s quickly asserted herself as a valuable member of the school’s surf team, and when she’s not studying or training, chances are you’ll find her in the water at T-Street or Middles.

“I enjoy the peace of surfing out in the water because once I get out there, I don’t have to do anything accept be in God’s country,” Cora explained. “I don’t have to do homework or chores.”

As far as what she’d like to get out of the sports, Cora’s got designs on going the distance with it.

“I would like to be a professional surfer if possible because I would be able to impact a lot of people’s lives and be able to travel,” she said. “If that doesn’t work out, I would like to be a pilot because I feel like we spend so much time on the ground, why not spend it in the air and enjoy the ride and view?”


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