LHHS senior medals in surfing competition
By Jay Seidel
La Habra Journal
La Habra resident Nikki Chamberlain has been surfing for five years and competing for two years.
The La Habra High School senior took the gold medal in the girls longboard competition at the California State Games on July 16-19 in San Diego.
This is the second year Nikki has participated in the California State Games, which is a multi-sport festival of Olympic-style competition for California’s amateur athletes of all ages and abilities.
State Games is a community-based member of the United States Olympic Committee.
Chamberlain is currently ranked No. 13 for Girls U18 Longboarders by the Western Surfing Association, which is the oldest and largest amateur surfing association in the US.
Last year, Chamberlain placed fifth at the China Uemura Longboard Classic in Hawaii among an international field of girls from Australia, New Zealand, Japan and Guam.
Chamberlain surfs as much as she can with her busy schedule.
She will be starting her senior year at LHHS, where she is the senior class vice president at La Habra High, an AP/Honors Heritage student, a member of National Honors Society and California Scholastic Federation. She also volunteers with the La Habra Leo’s Club.
Chamberlain also works with Life Rolls On, an organization that takes those with spinal cord injuries on surfboards especially fitted for their needs.
In addition to surfing, this year Nikki will be a part of La Habra High School’s first girls golf team.