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By Andrea Swayne
Age: 14, Shorecliffs Middle School
The Western Surfing Association (WSA) Gatorade Hoppy Swarts Memorial West Coast Championships at Church Beach last month saw Dylan Cox winning the Junior Longboard U18 to top off a very successful regular season. Dylan, a Capistrano Beach resident, turned in great performances in all of his heats, sending him sailing through to the finals. In the final, small and somewhat inconsistent waves did nothing to hamper his performance and Dylan gave the judges plenty of examples of great surfing to award with high points. He then went on to help his school surf team claim the win at the first ever Scholastic Surf Series (SSS) State Championships on May 21 and 22 in Oceanside. He also earned a place in SSS history by becoming the first Boys Longboard champion in individual competition. Dylan claimed victory with a stunning performance against top surfers from 21 California middle school teams from Santa Cruz to San Diego. He not only shines on a surfboard, he also excels in the classroom. For his outstanding endeavors in school, Dylan was honored with the SSS Scholar Athlete award. His 4.0 grade point average and top season finishes earned him the title as well as private coaching session with Sean Mattison of Surf Coach USA. Congratulations on a great season Dylan and keep up the great work!