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Santa Barbara Surfers Make Waves at WSA Prime Championships

Lakey Peterson and Parker Coffin bring home titles from the Oceanside event

Santa Barbara surfers Lakey Peterson and Parker Coffin competed in the year-end Western Surfing Association Prime Championships in Oceanside Harbor North Jetty over the weekend and brought home victory.

Local surfers Lakey Peterson and Parker Coffin proudly show off their titles
Local surfers Lakey Peterson and Parker Coffin proudly show off their titles. (Lakey Peterson courtesy photo)

WSA Prime is an invitation-only event that brings together the best junior surfers from around the country who have been competing for the championship all year. It is also the launching point to become a member of the U.S. team that travels to the ISA world games.

Peterson brought home the title in the girls’ 16-and-younger event, beating out Lani Dougherty of Hawaii, who is ranked No. 10 in the world.

Coffin won the boys’ 14-and-younger division.

Peterson said the contest was the first time that juniors have surfed in “man on man” heat in a big venue.

Peterson also surfed against No. 2 in the world and last year’s national champion, Courtney Conlogue, who beat her by .05 points in what Peterson called a “nail-biter buzzer-beater heat.” Conlogue scored a 8.32 to beat out Peterson’s 8.15.

— Lakey Peterson is a local surfer.

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