California High Schooler Wins Surfing Competitions on Tricolor Longboard
Los Angeles area high schooler Emily Rose Flavin, 17, is an award-winning amateur competitive surfer in both short and longboard. This summer 2017 she won three longboard championships, all while riding her trademark green, white, and orange Irish tricolor board. Emily is fourth-generation Irish American with roots in Cork and Tipperary.
“I wear a lot of sunscreen,” she jokes about her heritage, adding, “My Irish temper helps me when I am competing. Ireland is surrounded by water and I basically live in the water, so I feel connected to that aspect as well.” Emily hasn’t been to Ireland yet, but has plans with her father to tour the country within the next two years and make a documentary about Ireland’s connection to surfing culture.
Emily, a senior at Santa Monica High School, has competed since age 12. To date, she has won over thirty trophies and has no plans to stop, with a schedule that will see her compete in more than 20 contests before June 2018. ♦