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By Andrea Swayne
We found 11-year-old Ragan Berg on the beach at T Street between heats at the Stoke-o-Rama last month and sat down for a chat to get to know her a bit better. Here’s what she had to say on a variety of topics:
SCHOOL: I’m in fifth grade at Concordia Elementary and my favorite subject is math.
GRADES: Threes and fours (the equivalent of As and Bs).
MIDDLE SCHOOL: I’m going to try out for the surf team. I think it will be really cool to practice with the team before school.
PRACTICE: I like to go at least three times a week, usually with my friends Carson and Sierra. Right now I’m really working on my turns. And you have to paddle really hard so I need to keep building up my strength for that.
COACHING: My dad taught me to surf about three years ago and Collin Crook is my coach now.
SHORTBOARD OR LONGBOARD: Sometimes I longboard at San O but I like shortboarding best.
CONTESTS OR FREE SURFING: I like both. Contests get me really competitive and that helps me get better but surfing with my friends is good too. We have fun but we push each other too.
HOBBIES: Golfing and skateboarding.
MUSIC: I like music but I really don’t know what kind. I have been taking guitar lessons for about a year. Maybe I’ll be a musician and a surfer when I grow up.
FAMILY: I really thank my mom and dad for helping me with everything.
SURFING: It looked so fun to ride the waves and I just really wanted to do it. It feels like you’re going really fast, like you’re in a racecar or something. I don’t know how to explain it; it just feels really good.