By Andrea Swayne
Age: 10, Clarence Lobo Elementary
Following up on dual wins at the Soul CSF Family Surf Series contest in February at Church Beach in Girls U14 and U12 Shortboard, Kirra Pinkerton was once again a double finalist at T Street, March 9. In this third event of the series, Kirra earned a second-place trophy in Girls U12 and took fourth in U14.
A dedicated athlete in search of a future career as a professional surfer, she makes an effort to practice every day and can be found most often in the lineups at Lowers, Church’s and T Street.
“I am working on improving my snaps, doing better maneuvers all around and just winning more heats,” she said.
Kirra is also competing in the Western Surfing Association Championship Tour and is currently ranked No. 5 in Girls U12 Shortboard.
When not in the water, she also enjoys skateboarding, snowboarding and playing soccer. Not only a great athlete, Kirra is also an excellent student and especially enjoys studying math and science.
Among all of her interests, Kirra said surfing is by far her favorite as she recounted her favorite memory from a surf trip to Hawaii last year.
“I was at Pine Trees and caught the best wave of my life,” Kirra said. “I did a roundhouse, then a snap and went all the way to shore doing turn after turn. Everyone on the beach was cheering for me and it was one of the happiest moments of my life.”