June 2, 2012 1:56 p.m.
You never know what story is sitting right next to you in the water.
I’ve sat next to Meg Roh at least a dozen times out in the line up at Doheny and San O, never knowing the day-by-day accomplishment she was striving toward.
To me, she was just like any young grom who liked to surf a lot. I always admired from afar her courtesy in the water, and her graceful surfing style.
In case you missed it, I had a story this week about Meg, the 13-year-old who set a goal to surf at least four waves for 365 days straight.
On those days most of us looked out the window, saw the wind howling and went right back to sleep, Meg paddled out. On those stormy days when we broke out our umbrellas, she still put on her wetsuit. When it was so flat most of us determined it wasn’t worth our time, Meg sat out and waited until the waves came to her.
Now that’s stoke.
Roh accomplished the admirable goal Friday, and on Saturday friends and family gathered at San O for a beach party to congratulate the young surfer, who one day hopes to be world champion.
“It went pretty well,” the soft-spoken surfer said Saturday of her yearlong challenge. “I had fun.”
Sure, you may know someone who surfs every day no matter what the conditions. But there were a couple things that I thought were really unique about Meg.
Throughout her journey, she maintained a 4.0 grade-point-average in school. Her mom Sue and stepdad Sam’s willingness to step up, making sure she got to the water each day, one way or another.
Then there’s the surfing community down at San O, who showed its support, befriending the young surfer and offering encouragement, putting stickers on their cars of a pink heart with “Meg” written across, others putting on stickers that read “Meg Would Go!” a play off a famous surf saying “Eddie Would Go,” which memorializes a brave Hawaiian surfer and lifeguard who died in the ’70s trying to save lives.
It’s that support and friendship that makes this community unique.
“It’s so cool,” she said of the people who showed up Saturday for her beach party.
Meg said she doesn’t know how many more days she’ll do – but is already thinking of her next goals, which include traveling, and surfing Scorpion Bay, and getting to the snow for the first time.
If you see Meg in the line up, give her a big congrats!
using the number/letter grid:
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
A B C D E F G H I
J K L M N O P Q R
S T U V W X Y Z
A = 1 J = 1 S = 1
B = 2 K = 2 T = 2
C = 3 L = 3 U = 3
D = 4 M = 4 V = 4
E = 5 N = 5 W = 5
F = 6 O = 6 X = 6
G = 7 P = 7 Y = 7
H = 8 Q = 8 Z = 8
I = 9 R = 9
457 968 39
her path of destiny = 39 = Ideal. Nice. Compliments.
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