Kaleigh Gilchrist – Single Wave Thursday. One Ride, No Music, Just Surfing.

Single Wave Thursday featuring Kaleigh Gilchrist. One Ride, No Music, Just Surfing. Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine.

Kaleigh Gilchrist – Single Wave Thursday. One Ride, No Music, Just Surfing.

Our paths cross for maybe an hour or so once a year, but it’s always a pleasure to meet up with Newport Beach’s Kaleigh Gilchrist. Whether she’s throwing massive spray into the air or drilling a shot into the goal for the national champion USC Women’s Water Polo team, Kaleigh’s approach is pure power. On this particular day the lineup was packed full of trick surfing and aerial set-up turns, but when Kaleigh paddled out, her approach was noticed immediately. After her first wave featured a critical layback snap, I heard some dudes on the beach asking “Who’s that girl?” and after coming into the beach following her own spectacular five-hour session, Claire Bevilacqua told me, “Your friend with the curly hair is ripping out there!”

Shredder, scholar, athlete, and this week’s Single Wave Thursday subject, Kaleigh Gilchrist. (My apologies for the crooked horizon. Kaleigh surfs so fast that I couldn’t adjust my tripod in time to get things lined up correctly.)

Film: Chris Grant | Sound: Pacific Ocean and a trusty Canon camera
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Previous Single Wave Thursdays: Courtney Conlogue | Justine Dupont | Silvana Lima | Courtney Conlogue | Erin Ashley | Brittani Nicholl | Alexa Frantz | Lindsay Steinriede

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