As the pumping winter swells subside in Hawaii, many surfers head south. Stalk It surfer Aloha Lopez is no different. After wrapping up the 2015-2016 surf season in Hawaii, with a solid 3rd place state rating in the 18 & under women’s division in both National Scholastic Surf Association (NSSA) and the Hawaii Surfing Association (HSA), she is off to the America’s for a busy summer surf season.
Her first stop is Mexico City and then Acapulco, where she is visiting with family and taking care of a few administrative tasks that will enable her to compete for Mexico in the International Surfing Association (ISA) events and eventually try out for Mexico’s Olympic Surf Team which will debut in Tokyo, Japan in 2020.
Next stop, Puerto Escondido on the southern coast of Mexico. This quaint little surf town is one of Aloha’s favorite places to train in the summer. She will spend the month of May training in Puerto Escondido with road trips to select nearby breaks.
The month June is jam packed with surf contests. Currently, ranked 80th on the World Surf League Qualifying Series (WSL QS), she will be chasing rating points at the Los Cabos Open at Zipper’s in San Jose del Cabo, Mexico as well as Copa El Salvador Impresionante at Punta Roca in La Libertad, El Salvador.
Both events are crucial in her goal to make the WSL QS top 50 by the end of the 2016 season. The holding period for the Zippers event is June 7-12. She will also be competing in the WSL Junior event at the same location with the same holding period. The Punta Roca contest in El Salvador has a holding period from June 15-19.
Immediately after the WSL events, she will fly to San Clemente, California to compete in the Surfing America Junior National Championships at Lower Trestles in San Clemente, California June 20 -23. Upon completion of the Surfing America contest, she will head north to Huntington Beach to compete in the NSSA National Championships June 26- July 3.
Aloha will spend the first couple of weeks of July relaxing in Southern California with family and friends before gearing up for the WSL QS 6000 Paul Mitchell Supergirl Pro in Oceanside, California. The holding period is July 21 – 24. She is also hoping to compete again this year in the Van’s US Open of Surfing Junior Event in Huntington Beach July 25-31.