Meg Roh's 1,000-day Surf Strike
Meg Roh, Trestles
When Meg Roh was 12 years old, she decided to try to surf every day of the summer. More than 1,000 days later, she still hasn't missed a session. Spending most of her days surfing San Onofre and Trestles in south Orange County, Calif., the 15-year-old is also a straight-A student at San Juan Hills High School. More than anything, she'd like to get her driver's license so she can drive herself to the beach.
Know Your Zone
A talented longboarder, the waves on offer in the San Clemente and Dana Point area suit Roh's style perfectly. And because it's fairly consistent for surf, Roh's been able to paddle out every day for three straight years. Needless to say, she's the most dedicated member of her high school surf team.
One of Roh's goals when her streak got going was to surf until she got her driver's license. Until then, she's been relegated to packing everything into the family VW van and bumming a lift.
Some days are easier than others. Through cold water, rainy skies and unrelenting winds, Roh has soldiered down to the beach to ride her waves. The local surf community has rallied around her, going so far as to print up stickers that read, "Meg Would Go."
Classy and Glassy
As the old bumper sticker says, "There's nothing a good day of surfing won't cure." Roh enjoying a clean, bluebird day at the San Mateo State Park.
Birds of a Feather
In 2004, Northern California's Dale Webster (i.e. "Daily Wavester") made headlines after surfing for 28 years without missing a day. And while Roh doesn't see her run going that long, the two have surfed together and exchanged stories about the challenges of paddling out every day.
Five and Change
Every time Roh made it to another milestone, her family and friends would gather on the beach for cake and a small party. Without their support, she's convinced she never would have come close to her lofty goal.
Spending so much time in the ocean has taught 15-year-old Meg a great deal about both her environment and the kind of dedication it takes to accomplish a long-term goal, which may explain her mantra: "You can achieve anything you put your mind to."
1,000 Days and Running
One thousand days later, Meg isn't sure how long she'll keep the streak alive. She'd like to travel and surf the world, which makes surfing every day tricky. And once she finally gets her driver's license, it will be time to start looking at colleges ... she's hoping to go somewhere near the beach.