By Andrea Swayne
Age: 12, Capistrano Virtual School
Talented San Clemente-based surfer Cole Houshmand was crowned the top Boys U14 surfer in the country at the Surfing America USA Championships Saturday.
“I’ve been hoping for this all year and it finally happened. I am so stoked. It feels amazing,” Cole said. “In my heat I was just trying to go for it but have fun with only three other guys out. Now I’m really looking forward to starting the new season. I can’t wait.”
Following the contest Cole was named to the USA Surf Team Development Squad for the 2013-2014 season and is excited to take the next step toward his goal of landing a spot on the team.
“I am looking forward to getting some training time with the team coaches and working with the kids on the surf team. I think it will help me to improve a lot. Coach (Ryan) Simmons and (Micah) Byrne are both really great coaches and the team kids are awesome surfers. It really showed when they brought home the bronze medal at the ISA World Juniors,” Cole said. “I would like to thank my parents, sponsors and team managers for all their support this year,” Cole said. “I couldn’t have done it without them.”
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