NSSA Standout of the Week: Kulia Doherty


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NAME: Kulia Doherty
AGE: 14
HOME: San Clemente, California
SCHOOL: Capistrano Connections Academy
SPONSORS: Body Glove, Dakine, FCS, RedLine Athletics, Bubble Gum, SurfCo, Oakley.

It's okay if you haven't heard of Kulia Doherty yet, but prepare yourself to hear about her a lot from now on. She already has eight wins to her name in the Southwest Open and Explorer divisions, and the season's just getting started. In the past two weekends alone, at Huntington and Mission Beach, Kulia's claimed two Open Girls and two Open Womens victories. Where did this girl come from?

"A couple of months ago I started working with a personal trainer at RedLine Athletics," Kulia says. "It’s really helped me to get in the correct mind frame of winning, and we have worked on my stamina a lot, too."

That's all well and good, but where did she come from?

"I was born and raised on Maui on a Taro farm," Kulia explains. "We grew a bunch of fruits and vegetables; it was super fun gardening and planting new crops. I came to San Clemente for NSSA Nationals and my family and I thought it was a super fun town so we moved here last year. I love California, surfing perfect Lower Trestles everyday with a bunch of my friends. It’s a really fun experience."