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Elijah Fox, 16, a recent transplant to San Clemente from Kauai, Hawaii, made a strong showing at the Surfing America Prime season opener, Aug. 29 at Camp Pendleton, DMJs. Elijah put the stamp on his Round 2 Boys U18 heat win by landing a big air reverse.
“I took off on a right and it looked like there was a little section so I didn’t even bother doing the first turn,” Elijah said. “I just got speed and went for an air reverse and ended up pulling it.”
Elijah’s surfing was looking to be of the caliber necessary to take him all the way to the final but despite his obvious talent and contest readiness a bit of bad luck got in his way. His campaign came to an end in the quarters when in a valiant effort in the final seconds of his heat he ripped a 7.10-point wave—only 0.10 less than he needed to advance—tied for second and then lost on a countback by a mere 0.4.
Having moved to San Clemente just three months ago, Elijah said he is really enjoying his new home and having a lot of fun surfing with friends.
“Living here is cool because I have a lot more friends here,” Elijah said. “And living so close to Lowers is cool too. I can just ride my bike down there and surf every day.
His presence in the lineup, both at contests and free surfing, has not gone unnoticed and is a nice addition to the local talent pool. Welcome to the area Elijah.