Jay 14-year-old is women’s amateur national flowboarding champion
copyright the Chronicle September 7, 2016
by Elizabeth Trail
JAY — Monica Caffrey is tiny, muscular, and tanned. She’s 14 years old, and an eighth-grader at North Country Union Junior High School. And she was recently crowned the amateur women’s national flowboarding champion.
Flowboarding — also called flowriding — hasn’t been around as an organized sport much longer than Monica’s been alive.
It’s somewhere between skateboarding and surfing. The board is like a small finless surfboard. The moves are straight out of skateboarding right down to the names.
But it’s done on the water — specifically on an artificial 35-mile-an-hour vertical wave, called a sheet wave, that can curl over at the top like a breaking wave on the beach.
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