Kaleigh Gilchrist wins 18 and Under Surfing America USA Championship!

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O’Neill team rider Kaleigh Gilchrist wins the girls 18 and under Surfing America USA Championship title for the second year in a row!!
Today we had a celebration party for Kaleigh at O’Neill headquarters. Read her interview below and check out the pictures. Congratulations Kaleigh!!

Q: How does it feel to be the two time Surfing America USA Champion?
A: It’s awesome. One of my biggest goals this year was to defend my title. It feels great to come out and leave my 18 and under age group with a championship.

Q: What are your future surfing goals?
A: Nationals is going on now so I would like to make the finals. The US Open is coming up and I would like to make the finals in the Pro Juniors and get through a couple of heats in the 6 star if I get in. I’m leaving for Indo in a week and while I’m in college I would like to do a few contests and just keep surfing.

Q: How long have you been with O’Neill?
A: Oh wow, a long time, 6 or 7 years…

Q: Tell us your thoughts on USC and going to school?
A: I’m super excited to go to SC, move out of Newport, meet new people and experience college.

Q: Are you going to keep surfing through school?
A: Definitely. I’m going to try and do some QS events and pro juniors for a couple years.

Q: Were you surprised today when you walked into the O’Neill office and everyone was spraying confettie to congratulate you?A: Yeah, I definitely was. I was confused when I first walked in the door and everyone was doing the confetti poppers and stuff. I think my mom even jumped. It was really great to have the support from the whole team at O’Neill.

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