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Lani Doherty Remains Grounded Despite Her Life on The Surf 6

Posted on September 23, 2009 by Todd Civin
Lani Doherty ripping a wave on her way to ninth place finish in the world.

Lani Doherty ripping a wave on her way to ninth place finish in the world.

World-class surfer Lani Doherty’s full name is Kaiulani, a Hawaiian name which translates to “Highest Place in Heaven.” One can only imagine that when the 16-year-old phenom from Maui finds herself ripping through the surf enveloped by a 20-foot wave, that is exactly where she believes herself to be.

But things haven’t always felt “heaven-sent” for the teenaged ripper from the Aloha State, who recently finished ninth in the world at the Quiksilver International Surfing Association (ISA) World Event in Ecuador.

Doherty had to overcome her fair share of adversity on her way to the crest of the wave, and currently finds herself among the world’s elite female athletes in the popular offshore sport. Read the rest of this entry →

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