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Talofofo hosts kids surfing competition

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by Dave Delgado

Guam - The Lotus Surf Kids Competition was held down at Talofofo Bay Surf Side Beach. 48 competitors ages 5-14 years old took part in the competition for a chance at winning some great prizes.

Fred Mendiola, Event Coordinator, said, "Our intentions first was to have the kids come down here and surf together and make new friends and get a basic competitive experience. Kind of like the basic fundamentals of going into a surfing competition and this spot Talofofo Bay Surf Side is just so nice for surfers of every level because the bottom is sand. And the currents are not as hazardous as being out there on the coral reef and it's really close to the beach. It is also nice because the family is able to come out and watch and they are about 100 yards away from their children while the children are surfing and they are relaxing in front of the beach."

Austia Mendiola took first place for girls ages 11-14 and said it was fun to be out there surfing with friends.

Austia Mendiola said, "You can compete or you can have fun, all of it is for fun and when you are in the water you just think about you and mother nature and the wave. It's a really fun sport and people everywhere should try surfing and I'll bet they would love it."

Jake Policastro, the Boys 11-14 Winner, said, "Well surfing is really fun and when I see a wave and if it's going to break you don't go for it but if it looks in the right spot you go for it. You have to practice holding your breath and your abilities in the water so you don't get into trouble or anything."

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