G+J Am Jam with Kirra Pinkerton

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Kirra Pinkerton is yet another installation in the very young, up-and-coming girls who are taking on the big girls and tilting the scales. At 11 years old she already possesses a mean vertical attack that is way beyond her years! She also has quite a few years of Hawaii under her belt and her dad, Jim, was a pro and an NSSA National title holder, which just goes to show that the apple obviously does not fall far from the tree!

Interview and photo by Kurt Steinmetz

Ghetto Juice: So, Kirra, when did you first start surfing?
Kirra Pinkerton: I started surfing at two years old.

G+J: So did you start competing right away?
K+P: No, definitely not! I was six years old and was just doing local San Clemente events with my dad pushing me in. I really got into surfing contests on my own when I was nine years old surfing the WSA. It made me feel super stoked to make finals, and by the end of my first year I qualified for the US Championships and placed second overall. After that I was hooked on competing and started to think about becoming a professional surfer.

G+J: You've taken out a lot of older and experienced girls in competition. How does that feel?
K+P: It feels great! Like I'm able to beat anyone, and it gives me more confidence.

G+J: Last year we saw you at a Surfing America Prime contest in solid eight - to 12-foot Steamer Lane. How was that, and was that the biggest contest surf you've ever tackled?
K+P: Yes, it was the biggest surf I've seen in a contest, but they held my division in fun four- to six-foot waves and it was really fun. Steamer Lane was an awesome experience, from jumping off the rock to get into the lineup to the super long rides you can get out there. There are so many other great spots up there to surf, and I can't wait to get back there.

G+J: You make a lot of trips to Kauai, too. How's that?
K+P: I love the warm water and I get to surf a ton of different waves and some are golden! Each time I go there I surf somewhere new and get to push my limits in big waves or on some new reefs. I have some girlfriends who surf really good over there who make me feel right at home when I'm there. I also won my first NSSA Open Girls event at PK's on the south shore the last time I was there.

G+J: Pretty cool that your dad Jim was a pro surfer and an NSSA National title holder. How does he help you with your surfing?
K+P: I've always surfed with my dad since I can remember, and when we surf together he will give me advice on my technique and he tries to keep it fun. Also, he helps with my heat strategy, equipment … and I'm getting better than him!

G+J: Do you see yourself one day being an NSSA National title holder along with your dad?
K+P: Yes, I'd love to win a national title and see my name on the banner.

G+J: What's your current favorite surf spots?
K+P: Lowers and Hanalei.

G+J: What would be your dream surf destination?
K+P: Mentawai islands with some close friends.

G+J: What are your goals for the future?
K+P: To be a world champion.

G+J: Who inspires you?
K+P: Carissa Moore, Lakey Peterson, Stephanie Gilmore, and my dad.

G+J: Any final words or thoughts?
K+P: I really love surfing and all the friends I have met in the water or at the beach. I have always loved Hurley and to actually be sponsored by Hurley now makes me feel super special. I hope to make them proud! I love my boards, too, they are …LOST. Oh yeah, and check me out on InstaGram @kirrapink! Also, Ghetto Juice magazine is the bomb!!!


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Kirra Pinkerton is yet another installation in the very young, up-and-coming girls who are taking on the big girls and tilting the scales. At 11 years old she already possesses a mean vertical attack that is way beyond her years! She also has quite a few years of Hawaii under her belt and her dad, Jim, was a pro and an NSSA National title holder, which just goes to show that the apple obviously does not fall far from the tree!

Interview and photo by Kurt Steinmetz

Ghetto Juice: So, Kirra, when did you first start surfing?
Kirra Pinkerton: I started surfing at two years old.

G+J: So did you start competing right away?
K+P: No, definitely not! I was six years old and was just doing local San Clemente events with my dad pushing me in. I really got into surfing contests on my own when I was nine years old surfing the WSA. It made me feel super stoked to make finals, and by the end of my first year I qualified for the US Championships and placed second overall. After that I was hooked on competing and started to think about becoming a professional surfer.

G+J: You've taken out a lot of older and experienced girls in competition. How does that feel?
K+P: It feels great! Like I'm able to beat anyone, and it gives me more confidence.

G+J: Last year we saw you at a Surfing America Prime contest in solid eight - to 12-foot Steamer Lane. How was that, and was that the biggest contest surf you've ever tackled?
K+P: Yes, it was the biggest surf I've seen in a contest, but they held my division in fun four- to six-foot waves and it was really fun. Steamer Lane was an awesome experience, from jumping off the rock to get into the lineup to the super long rides you can get out there. There are so many other great spots up there to surf, and I can't wait to get back there.

G+J: You make a lot of trips to Kauai, too. How's that?
K+P: I love the warm water and I get to surf a ton of different waves and some are golden! Each time I go there I surf somewhere new and get to push my limits in big waves or on some new reefs. I have some girlfriends who surf really good over there who make me feel right at home when I'm there. I also won my first NSSA Open Girls event at PK's on the south shore the last time I was there.

G+J: Pretty cool that your dad Jim was a pro surfer and an NSSA National title holder. How does he help you with your surfing?
K+P: I've always surfed with my dad since I can remember, and when we surf together he will give me advice on my technique and he tries to keep it fun. Also, he helps with my heat strategy, equipment … and I'm getting better than him!

G+J: Do you see yourself one day being an NSSA National title holder along with your dad?
K+P: Yes, I'd love to win a national title and see my name on the banner.

G+J: What's your current favorite surf spots?
K+P: Lowers and Hanalei.

G+J: What would be your dream surf destination?
K+P: Mentawai islands with some close friends.

G+J: What are your goals for the future?
K+P: To be a world champion.

G+J: Who inspires you?
K+P: Carissa Moore, Lakey Peterson, Stephanie Gilmore, and my dad.

G+J: Any final words or thoughts?
K+P: I really love surfing and all the friends I have met in the water or at the beach. I have always loved Hurley and to actually be sponsored by Hurley now makes me feel super special. I hope to make them proud! I love my boards, too, they are …LOST. Oh yeah, and check me out on InstaGram @kirrapink! Also, Ghetto Juice magazine is the bomb!!!

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