Two years ago I was realizing my dream of finishing in the top 10, and in the finishing chicane was passed by one of the best racers RUNNING up the beach to the finish. Kelly Margets finished 10th and I got 11th!!! It was a real frustration, but I had to settle for a respectable 11th overall and hope 2012 would be different. I knew that the next year I could come back and kill it if I continued to train. But the Battle is always just that — a fight!!!
In 2012, after training all year, I was ready to vindicate myself. I was feeling strong, had a great racing season behind me finishing 4th overall in the World Race Series, and a couple great wins in the year. But in the finals of the Elite Race I caught a bomb set, without a leash on and lost my board. I saw it ride the wave all the way to the beach, and I had to swim in all the way to the beach, killing any hope of finishing near the top of the field. Although last year my elite course race didn’t finish how I planned, the Distance race was one of my best finishes yet, finishing in 1st place in the 12’6″ class overall!