By Jake Howard
There’s a lot to say about Dana Point’s Bella Kenworthy on a pretty regular basis. On a skateboard or surfboard, she’s one of the most accomplished kids her age—boy or girl. She recently made the semifinals of the Dew Tour’s skate competition in Long Beach, then the next day jumped in the water at the USA Surfing Championships at Lowers. Ripping all week, she’s just been selected to the Girls Under 16 USA National Surf Team.
Continuing to shatter barriers, Bella last weekend was invited to compete in an all-girls airshow competition at Stab High in Waco, Texas. Held at the BSR Surf Resort, Bella and three other girls, all 15 years old or younger, showed the surfing world that boosting airs isn’t just for boys. It was the first event of its kind for girls and was an immediate hit with both the pro surfers on hand and the fans. Bella ended up in third place, behind winner Sierra Kerr and runner-up Sky Brown.
It’s events like this, opportunities like this, and performances like this that are going to carry surfing to a very exciting place in the near future. Keep pushing it and changing the game, Bella!