By Andrea Swayne
Age: 12, Connections Academy
Alexxa Elseewi of San Clemente is one of the busiest competitive shortboard surfers under the age of 18. Dedicated to getting as much contest experience as possible on her path toward a pro surfing career, Alexxa practices every day and competes in eight divisions across five surf series.
In the WSA Championship Series she is currently the No. 4 ranked surfer in Girls U14 and No. 11 in Girls U16. In NSSA competition she is rated No. 9 in Explorer Girls, No. 11 in Explorer Women, No. 7 in Open Girls and No. 18 in Open Women. Although homeschooled, Alexxa surfs for the Bernice Ayer Middle School team in both the NSSA Interscholastic and SSS series.
Her most recent victory came at the NSSA Interscholastic State Championships March 8-10 when she became the middle school girls state champion. In SSS she ended her season as the No. 1 surfer among Orange County middle school girls. Her goals for the remainder of the season include making the finals at the last two WSA regular season events, finishing strong at the WSA West Coast Championships and NSSA Nationals and to earn an invitation into the Surfing America Prime series.
Alexxa is an ‘A’ and ‘B’ student whose favorite subject is math. Her other interests include skateboarding, drawing and photography. Surfing, however, is her favorite.
“Surfing is definitely my true passion and I just love the feeling of being on a board riding waves,” Alexxa said. “It just makes me feel happy. It’s hard to explain; I just love it.”