NSSA Standout of the Week: Kulia Doherty

posted by / News / November 26, 2010

San Clemente's own, Kulia Doherty

San Clemente's own, Kulia Doherty

Kulia already has eight wins under her belt during the 2010 season

Kulia already has eight wins under her belt during the 2010 season

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NAME: Kulia Doherty
AGE: 14
HOME: San Clemente, California
SCHOOL: Capistrano Connections Academy
SPONSORS: Body Glove, Dakine, FCS, RedLine Athletics, Bubble Gum, SurfCo, Oakley.

It’s okay if you haven’t heard of Kulia Doherty yet, but prepare yourself to hear about her a lot from now on. She already has eight wins to her name in the Southwest Open and Explorer divisions, and the season’s just getting started. In the past two weekends alone, at Huntington and Mission Beach, Kulia’s claimed two Open Girls and two Open Womens victories. Where did this girl come from?

“A couple of months ago I started working with a personal trainer at RedLine Athletics,” Kulia says. “It’s really helped me to get in the correct mind frame of winning, and we have worked on my stamina a lot, too.”

That’s all well and good, but where did she come from?

“I was born and raised on Maui on a Taro farm,” Kulia explains. “We grew a bunch of fruits and vegetables; it was super fun gardening and planting new crops. I came to San Clemente for NSSA Nationals and my family and I thought it was a super fun town so we moved here last year. I love California, surfing perfect Lower Trestles everyday with a bunch of my friends. It’s a really fun experience.”

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  • Dr. Joel V. Stuart D.C.

    Off the water Personal Training (core, balance, quickness, flexibility, cardio, hand/foot eye coordination > strength) always works for competitive surfers at any age. Add mental and competitive training and you’ll have a winner.
    The industries’ challenge is to make it accessible (time and money) to the masses not the classes. Not just the rich or sponsored, but to all the groms whom compete and are part of a local organization (ie. HASA, ISA, NSSA, WSA, etc.)
    Imagine $5/2hr. per grom, twice weekly “group” sessions, at the beach or near-bye facility, for “any” member of “any” surf/grom organization. Or, the trainer could be paid a flat rate by the local organization, which is given the money from all the major Surf magazines that then “demand” “all” sponsors advertisement fees to be charged 1% to go into the Grom Personal Training Fund. This way the entire industry financially supports the personal traning for all competitive surf groms.
    Dr. Joel V. Stuart D.C. – Maui (Father of competitve Surf Grom)

  • john hanson

    san clemente, i stayed ther for like 2 months 8 years ago. loved surfin the pear, good job girlie