Dana Hills senior to represent U.S. in world surf contest
Lulu Erkeneff leaves for Nicaragua to join the PacSun USA surf team in the ISA World Junior Surfing Championship.
“I thought something was wrong,” she said.
When she called back, Erkeneff found out she wouldn’t be able to walk at her Dana Hills High School graduation ceremony next Tuesday. She had been selected at the last minute to be a member of the PacSun USA surf team that will compete against 25 other countries in the International Surfing Association’s World Junior Surfing Championship in Nicaragua from Saturday to June 16. She leaves Wednesday.
“Well, I did give her a choice,” her father, Rick, said with a laugh as he recounted telling his daughter about the opportunity.
The Dana Hills senior said she was disappointed at first about having to miss her graduation, but then she realized the magnitude of the opportunity she had been given.
“It’s too much of an honor to miss out,” she said.
Erkeneff previously was chosen as an alternate for the team, but a last-minute dropout gave her the chance.
Rick Erkeneff could hardly contain his excitement as he talked about his daughter. She has always been runner-up for the traveling teams in competitions like these, he said.
“I’m really proud to see her have an opportunity to compete at the global level,” he said.
Rick Erkeneff said the forecast is for large swells – something he said his daughter can handle better than most girls.
Lulu Erkeneff said she’s a little nervous and has high expectations of herself. But in the end, she said, she has nothing to lose and just needs to compete hard.
“Hopefully I’ll make my team and my country proud,” she said.
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