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A transplanted Wrightsville Beach Teen is Poised for a Career in Pro Surfing
DDELILAH HUTCHINS’ family are big surfers
Above: Delilah flashes a sun-kissed smile at her
former home break at Crystal Pier in Wrightsville
Beach in September 2018. Top: Delilah cross steps
at her new home break, Playa Guiones, in Decem-ber
2019. Opposite: Delilah Hutchins talks strategy
with her coach at Playa Garza in January 2020.
BY FRITTS CAUSBY • PHOTOS COURTESY AMELIA HUTCHINS
— in surfing parlance, dialed in — a fixture on
the best days, those fleeting windows of time when
the wind, tide and swell come together.
The 15-year-old spent three years surfing
Wrightsville Beach on almost a daily basis. She
put a lot of time into it, competing in Eastern
Surfing Association events in Carolina Beach,
Wrightsville Beach, and up and down the coast of
North Carolina, winning some and losing some
but always striving to get better.
Delilah now lives with her mom, Amelia
Hutchins, in Nosara, Costa Rica. Mother and
daughter moved there in search of bigger, more
consistent waves that would help Delilah meet her
goal of becoming a professional surfer.