Teen Surfer Inspired By Pros At SuperGirl

By Pam Kragen
The San Diego Union-Tribune

WWR Article Summary (tl;dr) Surfer Alyssa Spencer has traveled all over the world to compete, including France, Japan and Australia. This weekend she will be in Oceanside Ca. as she participates in the “Paul Mitchell Supergirl Pro contest”, the largest female surf competition in the world.

The San Diego Union-Tribune

For most of her life, 15-year-old Carlsbad surfer Alyssa Spencer has idolized the world’s top women surfers.

This weekend, she’s competing in the same tournament with them at the Paul Mitchell Supergirl Pro contest in Oceanside.

Back for its 12th year at Oceanside pier, the contest and surrounding festival that run through Sunday is the largest female surf competition in the world. More than 100 surfers are registered, including 23 of the world’s top 25 women surfers and dozens of up-and-coming junior surfers like Spencer.

The Carlsbad native started surfing at the age of 6 with her parents, Paul and Mary Spencer. For many years, the sport was a hobby and she took part in local grommet (youth) surfing tournaments just for fun.

But, inspired by professional women surfers like Tyler Wright of Australia and Lakey Peterson of Santa Barbara, Spencer started competing more seriously about three years ago. Now her dream is to one day follow her idols and qualify for the World Surf League’s Women’s World Championship Tour.

“I love being in the water and I love the freedom of surfing, that there are no rules when I’m out on the waves and I can do anything I want,” she said.

Over the past couple of years, the home-schooled Spencer has traveled all over the world to compete, including France, Japan and Australia.

Spencer was one of the youngest contestants at Supergirl Pro when she started competing there three years ago.

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