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Surfer girl, 14, rode waves every day for 2 years

Posted: June 1, 2013 7:04 p.m.
Updated: June 1, 2013 7:04 p.m.

Meg Roh, 14, of Dana Point, surfs at San Onofre State Beach in San Clemente on Friday.

DANA POINT, Calif. (AP) — Rain or shine, a 14-year-old Southern California girl has gone surfing every day for two years in her pursuit of becoming a world champion surfer — and she plans to keep on going.

Meg Roh paddled out at San Onofre State Beach for her 730th consecutive day of surfing on Friday, The Orange County Register reported (

The straight-A student gets up every day at 5 a.m. to check surf reports before heading out to surf before school.

The Dana Point teen wants to surf for her high school team before going on to join a college team.

"And then I want to be a world champion," she said.

She's competed in plenty of races but Sam Hann, her stepfather and frequent wave-riding companion, said Meg got burned out on competitions a while ago. She'd rather focus on being a kid now and go to school dances, and come back to competing when she's a more seasoned rider — at 16 or 17.

Meg likes surfing on older longboards, like the vintage 1963 board she rode Friday.

Local surfers say the girl has inspired the saying "Meg Would Go," an encouragement thrown around as surfers assess waves before deciding to paddle out. It's a reference to fabled surfer Eddie Aikau, who inspired the phrase "Eddie Would Go" by surfing every major swell to come through the North Shore of Hawaii from 1967 to 1978.

Meg's not certain which goal to pursue next, 1,000 straight days of surfing or three years, which would be 1,095 days. But she's doesn't plan to stop surfing any time soon.


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