U.S. Open of Surfing: Shadowing Lakey Peterson
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Huntington Beach, CA - July 23, 2013: Lakey Peterson during the US Open of Surfing. On her way to practice in the early morning.
Scoping Out The Scene
Lakey Peterson and coach Mike Parsons check out the early-morning surf prior to competition.
Lakey Peterson entered the 2013 U.S. Open of Surfing in sixth place in the ASP world rankings.
Lakey Peterson, who emerged as a powerhouse in women's surfing at age 16 after a runner-up finish at the 2011 U.S. Open of Surfing, catches an early-morning wave.
Lakey Peterson heads back to the beach after finishing her final practice before the 2013 U.S. Open of Surfing at Huntington Beach, Calif.
Lakey Peterson hits the streets to return to her hotel room after her Tuesday morning practice.
Lakey Peterson returns to her hotel room with the tools of her trade in tow.
Lakey Peterson, who was born in California, got the nickname "Lakey Legend" when she was visiting Australia as a 5-year-old and surfing for the first time.
Lakey Peterson catches some Z's before catching some waves on Day 1 of the 2013 U.S. Open of Surfing in Huntington Beach, Calif.
Up And Down
Lakey Peterson gets in some stretching while her mom, Sue Peterson, gets in some lounging.
Breakfast Of Champion
Lakey Peterson has her eyes on some toast while getting a bite to eat with her friend Willie Kessel and her mom, Sue Peterson.
Lakey Peterson, Willie Kessel and Sue Peterson pause for a moment before their first meal of the day.
Two Kinds Of Surfing
Lakey Peterson and Sue Peterson share a laptop laugh back in their hotel room.
With bun, bag and boards, Lakey Peterson heads back to the beach for her opening heat at the 2013 U.S. Open of Surfing.
Alone At The Top
Lakey Peterson has a moment to herself before stepping into the 2013 U.S. Open of Surfing as the defending champion.
Drawing A Crowd
Fans crowd the beach on Tuesday at the 2013 U.S. Open of Surfing in Huntington Beach, Calif.
In Her Element
"I love everything about it," Lakey Peterson has said. "The whole package of competing, the leading up and getting in shape, the surfing, the mental aspects."
All Dressed Up ...
Lakey Peterson hits the showers for the final time before beginning the defense of her U.S. Open of Surfing title.
Lakey Peterson, who became the first woman to land an aerial maneuver in a female amateur competition when she was 14, finishes some paperwork before hitting the beach.
Path To Stardom
Sue Peterson has said she hopes her daughter can revolutionize women's surfing.
Lakey Peterson is looking for her first win since last year's U.S. Open of Surfing.
Rising To The Occasion
"I love the pressure and those moments when you get a clutch move or a clutch wave," Lakey Peterson has said. "It's the best."
Lakey Peterson said she felt a little out of rhythm during Day 1 of her first title defense, perhaps because of great expectations.
A rough Day 1 at the U.S. Open of Surfing would give way to a much better performance on Day 2, when Lakey Peterson posted the day's high heat total.
Lakey Peterson is hoping to wade back into the winner's circle on Sunday at the 2013 U.S. Open of Surfing.