Californian Lakey Peterson is well-known for her rapid rise through the ranks at a young age. At just 16, she competed as a wildcard in the 2011 U.S. Open Of Surfing, and went on to finish in the runner-up position. She completed her 2011 season by winning every event in the North American Junior Pro series, and secured her place on the official ASP Women's World Tour. In 2012, her rookie year, she won the U.S. Open of Surfing by overcoming the power and experience of Carissa Moore, and went on to finish the season in seventh place overall. The following year, she again proved herself a force to be reckoned with, scoring consistently high results, including third places at the Rip Curl Pro at Bells Beach and the Roxy Pro France, and she currently lies in sixth place in the overall rankings. Born on 30th September 1994 in Santa Barbara, the daughter of a national swimming champion, Lakey was already surfing competitively at the age of 11. A year later, she won the first of her NSSA titles and in 2009 she won the NSSA Open Women's Title by performing the first-ever female aerial manoeuvre in competition. She defended her title in 2010. Lakey is now firmly established as one of the world's leading female surfers, famous for her progressive aerial manoeuvres. She featured in the Nike 6.0 women's surf film Leave A Message and her first feature length film, Zero to 100, premiered in early 2013.
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