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By Andrea Swayne

Hayley Powell. Courtesy photo
Hayley Powell. Courtesy photom of the Week:

Age: 16, San Clemente High School

Hayley Powell started longboarding at the age of 5 and it has been an important part of her life ever since. She surfed competitively throughout middle school as a member of the Shorecliffs team. In high school, she has focused on competitive volleyball and beach volleyball. She now considers herself more of a soul surfer. However she entered the San Onofre Surf Club contest earlier this month and took home the second-place trophy in 18U longboard.

During the summer Hayley enjoyed paddling out for multiple daily sessions at San O to practice noseriding atop her favorite bright yellow 9’0” McCoy. Now that school has started, she will try to fit in after-school sessions as much as her busy study and work schedules will allow.

Haley is starting a new job at Rip Curl, so far has straight-As and is focused on her college search. She also enjoys participating in service clubs at school—last year mentoring students with disabilities in the Best Buddies Club and this year as a charter member of the new H2O Club, raising money to provide clean water resources to Third World countries.

“I like surfing because it’s relaxing and a great way to release stress. I also love being in the ocean and spending the time with my friends,” Hayley said. “As of now I think I will just keep enjoying it for fun. I’ve had my competition experience and I prefer free surfing. I like the idea of not having to try to surf better than anyone else.”

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