Surfer of the Month – August 2010

September 12, 2010 by  
Filed under Sports Events, Surfer of the Month

Georgia Cook

By Jackie Richardson

As I have traveled up and down the east coast, I find so many areas have young surfers, called groms.  Tybee Island has been lacking in that until this summer. International Surfing Day, Y Surf Camps, and ESA Contests this summer have brought along a whole new crop of young groms.  Some are here for vacation and then others stay the whole summer.  One such person is our surfer of the month because she is a grom and she is a resident of Tybee Island for the summer.

The surfer of the month for August is Georgia Cook.  Georgia is from Franklin, Tennessee and is ten years old.  So why would a Tennessee girl be the Surfer of the Month?  The Cook family has been coming to Tybee Island for years, but the past few, they have endeared themselves to our surf community by getting to know us and becoming a part of us to the point, we hate to see them leave.

We said our goodbyes this past week as they left Tybee Island to return to Tennessee but not before Georgia won the girls division in the first GA ESA contest of the summer.  What an accomplishment for a young lady who only gets to surf in the summer and has been surfing only four summers.  I asked Georgia how it felt to win at the ESA contest and she said, “It is amazing because it is not every day that a surfer girl who lives in Tennessee wins a surf contest.”

Georgia started surfing when she got lessons on a family vacation on the island of Kauai.  Georgia spent a lot of this summer at the Y surf camps.  I asked her how surf camp helped her to get better at surfing.  She said, “I learned more of the fundamentals such as pumping, switchfoot, going down the line, kicking out of the wave, and dropping into larger waves.”  

Georgia is definitely going to be thinking a lot about surfing when she returns to Tennessee.  She surfed this summer with her parents, John and Rene Cook, sisters, Sadie and Tate, her cousin, William, Jimmy Manning, and Atsushi Yamada.
I asked Georgia who had helped her to be a better surfer this summer.  She replied, “Jimmy (Manning) was my coach, Atsushi, was my cheerleader, and my parents who took me to dawn patrol.”

I always ask the surfers what you like about surfing at Tybee Island.  Georgia responded as most of the surfers do.  “The people because it makes you feel good when someone calls your name while you are surfing.”

Don’t count Georgia out of contests once she returns to Tennessee.  She plans to come to the Tybee contests in the fall when possible and the Governor’s Cup at Folly Beach, SC later this month.  She already has a quiver of two longboards and one shortboard. Her life motto is Live, Surf, Praise Jesus.  Remember her name because you will hear it again, when it comes to surfing for many more years to come.

Until next month,
Jackie

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