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By Andrea Swayne
Kai McPhillips, 13, of San Clemente, continues to carve out a name for himself among the ultra-competitive field of up-and-coming grom surfers in the tri-city area.
In Scholastic Surf Series competition, Kai is a valuable member of the top-ranked Shorecliffs Middle School surf team. At SSS event No. 4 on Feb. 20 in Oceanside, Kai not only showed his shortboard prowess, with a runner-up finish in Division 1 Boys Shortboard, but also his logging talent, taking the win in Boys Longboard. He currently holds the SSS No. 2 rating in shortboard and No. 1 in longboard.
In Western Surfing Association competition, Kai currently holds the No. 2 ranking in in both Boys U14 and Boys U16 shortboard divisions. He is set to make an appearance in the finals of event No. 7, postponed due to a Feb. 13-14 fog delay and set to finish up in Oceanside in March.
His skill and versatility, which also includes SUP surfing and racing, has made Kai one of the area’s most promising wave-riding athletes.
Keep up the great work Kai!